Iris Mae Moore Newton, of Slidell, Louisiana, passed away on March 19, 2022 at the age of 102. She was born on December 4, 1919 in Birmingham, England to William Matthius Moore and Elsie Price Moore. Iris and the family relocated to Adelaide Australia in 1925 to find a healthier environment for William’s lung wounds suffered at the Battle of the Somme in World War I.
Iris is preceded in death by her parents, William and Elsie; her sister, Elsie Amy Amalie Moore VanGuilder; and her husband, James “Jimmy” Wilkins Newton Jr.
Iris met Jimmy, a young GI at a USO dance in Adelaide in 1942. Jimmy was with the 32nd Infantry Division on the way to the New Guinea Campaign. They married in Adelaide and she departed Australia on a troop ship with the wounded and other war brides to America and on to Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The couple were reunited in April of 1945.
Iris is survived by her three children: sons, James William (Sharron) and Richard Kenneth and daughter, Donna Iris Underwood (Richard); grandchildren, Heather, James, Ava, Branden, Karen Ann, Waylon, Kendra, Kael, and Kierra; and great-grandchildren, Connor, Adriana, Ava, Zoe, James, and Marielle Josephine.
Iris was “Auntie” to the special Australian family, Peter and Sandy McGurk, Paul and Barb McGurk, Cathy McGurk Pine, Sharon McGurk, and Peter and Beryl Moore.
Iris was an inspiration to all who knew her for her determination and good humor and starting every day “dressed up” and with a smile. Her greatest and often repeated mantra was, “It takes all kinds to make a world”. She simply believed we should love people for who they are and not for what we want them to be. This is her lasting epitath to us all.
Special thanks to all at Parc Provence who made her so happy and comfortable for the last 15 years and to the Hospice House staff who were so compassionate during her short stay there. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hopice Foundation of the South located at 141 Pleasant Drive in Slidell, LA 70460. Memories and condolences may be expressed at www.AudubonFuneralHome.com
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