Jane Ann Moody

Moody Jane Ann

Age 97, Luray, Va.

Jane Ann Moody, 97, of Luray, Virginia, passed away on Monday, March 2, 2020 after a brief decline in health. She had lived independently until just a few months before her death.

A memorial service will be held at a future date at Luray United Methodist Church. A graveside remembrance service for the family will also be held at Barnum Cemetery in Mayfield, Michigan.

Ann was born in Minneapolis, MN on December 29, 1922 to Clifford E. Reichard and Veda Vandervort Reichard. She grew up in Richfield, MN and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She worked toward a Master’s degree in special education later in life.

Ann married Sigurd Vernon Moody on July 3, 1945 in Mayfield, MI. They were married 55 years and had five children. 

Ann’s husband served as a foreign service officer and diplomat in the U.S. Department of State and USAID, and the family lived in Pakistan, Turkey, and India over the course of many years. Upon returning to the U.S., Ann worked as a teacher of severely handicapped children for Fairfax County Public Schools. 

The family spent many cherished summers at a cottage built by her parents at Arbutus Lake near Mayfield, Michigan, a tradition continued by her children and their cousins. Gardening, reading, and playing the organ were some of her favorite activities, and she volunteered as a preschool teacher in Luray. She was actively involved in the Hill and Valley Garden Club as well as her church. 

Ann was devoted to her extended family, who all treasure memories of gathering around her bountiful Thanksgiving table. She was extraordinarily kind, caring, and generous, with a ready sense of humor.

Ann is preceded in death by her husband, Sigurd, and her eldest son, Timothy, as well as her parents and two brothers, Clifford Reichard Jr. and Hugh Reichard.

She is survived by her remaining children, Eric James (m. Grace Higginbottom) of Woodbridge, VA; Ann Elise Schneider of Alexandria, VA; Christine Louise Waller of Harrisonburg, VA; and Beth Ellen Knox of Vancouver, BC, Canada. She is beloved by 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, as well as many other family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Luray United Methodist Church.

Arrangements are being handled by Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg.

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