Marie Fulgham Moore, Montgomery County Hero, Fighter for Truth and Justice, 1962-2017

Marie Fulgham Moore, Montgomery County Hero, Fighter for Truth and Justice, 1962-2017
Image: Marie Moore, her two daughters, and her grand babies.
Conroe, September 5 – Marie Fulgham Moore, a Montgomery County hero and a fighter for truth and justice, passed into the awaiting arms of the Lord on Labor Day, September 4, 2017. For Moore’s life to end on Labor Day was poetic, as she was one of the hardest working people any of us ever knew.
Despite her dedication to hard work, the centerpiece of Moore’s life was her family – her daughters Heather Schwind Robertson and Holly Waldrum and their absolutely gorgeous and sweet children who are, of course, Moore’s grandchildren – as well as her gigantic circle of close friends. Moore’s family who survived her include her mother, Juanita Fulgham, her daughter Heather Schwind Robertson and husband Chris Robertson, her daughter Holly Waldrum and husband Garrett Waldrum, and her grand babies, Rylee Robertson, Ryder Robertson, River Robertson, Axel Waldrum, and Capri Elizabeth Waldrum. (Doesn’t it seem appropriate for Marie Moore to have grandchildren with such cool names?!) Her family also includes sister Sheila Turner and her husband Paul; brother Thomas Allen Fulgham, Jr., and his wife Amy Fulgham; nieces and nephew, Therisa, Ashley and Jacob; aunt Mary Robertson Eiland and her husband Roland Eiland; and cousins Marilyn Wilson and Ronnie Willis.
A visitation will be on Monday, September 11, 2017 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at Cashner Funeral Home. The funeral will be Tuesday, September 12, 2017 beginning at 12:30pm at Cashner Funeral Home with interment to follow at Bays Chapel Cemetery in Richards, Texas.
Moore’s August 21, 2017, words provide an amazing summary of her attitude in life:
“Today will Never come again. Be a blessing. Be a friend. Encourage someone. Take time to care. Let your words heal, and not wound. Today will Never come again.”
Moore’s August 22, 2017, post on Facebook, told the truth: Moore’s life is a story! The Publisher of The Golden Hammer has often said jokingly, “Marie, you’re one of the two or three people in Montgomery County who knows where the bodies are buried…”
Marie Moore’s Facebook post, August 22, 2017.
Moore was born on March 10, 1962, and graduated from Conroe High School in 1980. One of her classmates, local surveyor Russell Henderson, has said,

“I was certainly saddened to the terrible news of Marie’s death. I have know Marie since our third grade year in elementary school. She has always been an exceptional young lady full of excitement, enthusiasm and always with a smile. Her passing is a huge loss to the community and to Montgomery County. She will be missed by many.”

Marie Moore, Graduation Day, Conroe High School, 1980.

Moore was one of the most popular people in high school. She was brilliant in high school just as she was later in her career. She maintained her sweet disposition her entire life.

After graduating from high school, Moore applied to work for the Montgomery County government.

Barry D. Blanton, the son of former County Engineer J. Don Blanton, also one of the most kindhearted human beings a person could ever meet, explained Moore’s history right after high school graduation:

“As County Engineer, my father hired Marie right out of high school.  She was his only assistant for the entire 18 years until his retirement.  She became a highly valued, and dedicated, employee as well a close family friend.  Family was the only thing more important to Marie than her job.  She was an incredibly loving mother and grandmother.  On behalf of my mother and our entire family, I offer our condolences, thoughts and prayers.  I am sure Marie and my dad are chatting about old times at the County Engineers office.”

When Blanton retired in 1998, Moore continued to work for the new County Engineer, Mark Mooney, who remains the County Engineer today. In the 1990s and 2000s, Moore was truly the face of the Montgomery County Engineer’s Office. She ran the place. She was the receptionist, administrator, office manager, office mom, and para-engineer. Moore knew more about surveys, plats, and designs than many registered professional engineers. She also came to know the entire engineering community and maintained those warm relationships until her passing.

Moore loved politics. She loved campaigning. She loved people. Moore loved fundraising for candidates and for causes. She was arguably the most effective political fundraiser Montgomery County has ever seen. She worked for dozens of county judges, county commissioners, judges, constables, justices of the peace, and other local officials running for office in her beloved Montgomery County. Numerous candidates even recently have sought out Moore’s assistance with their fundraising goals for the 2018 Republican Primary Election.

In 2013, however, Moore ran head first into a corrupt group of politicians: Marc Davenport, Craig Doyal, and Wayne Mack. Moore had done quite a bit of campaign work for Doyal and Mack. Davenport was jealous of Moore’s success and sought to move her aside. Within a few months time period, Davenport had successfully turned Mack and Doyal against Moore in the most vicious sort of way. By the summer of 2014, Davenport had completely turned Mack and Doyal against Moore.

“I bonded with Marie over the haters. She was one of the sweetest most positive people around. I’m shocked. Her friendship and compassion ignited me. I will dearly miss my compadre.”

– Public relations consultant Margie Taylor

Mack, Doyal, and Davenport sought to bring criminal charges against Moore. After Mack received an appointment as the Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1, he held several meetings with Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon and County Attorney J.D. Lambright in which Mack tried to get Moore indicted for “cheating” him.

A district judge appointed longtime Conroe attorney Jerald Crow as a Special Prosecutor to investigate and prosecute Moore. After an extensive investigation which he conducted in conjunction with the Texas Rangers, Crow cleared Moore of any wrongdoing and dismissed the charges that Mack and Davenport had attempted to bring against her.

Throughout the entire process, Moore maintained her positive attitude and pleasant disposition. She continued to work hard in the County Engineer’s Office until it became apparent that her working in the Sadler Administration Building was a distraction as a result of Mack, Davenport, and Doyal. Therefore, in 2014, Moore went to work for her friend Ed Rinehart, the Precinct 4 County Commissioner as his Precinct Administrator, in East Montgomery County.

When Jim Clark won election to the Precinct 4 Commissioner’s seat in 2014, he kept the dynamic Moore as his Administrator. “Marie has been my right hand,” Clark told The Golden Hammer. Clark added,

“I’ve known Marie for many years prior to coming into office as Commissioner. She’s been a true and loyal friend. She’s the most dependable and hardworking employee who has always gone far beyond the call of duty, including working late nights in the office and from home.

“Marie’s big and giving heart will be deeply missed. There’s no doubt she is a Christian. I have no doubt where she is today. She’s in the arms of the Lord.”

As Precinct 4 Administrator, Moore ran the administration of Precinct 4 including its Senior Center, parks, and community services. During Tropical Storm Harvey, Moore coordinated the work of the road crews along with Clark, his operations manager Tracy Willett, and his engineer Bill Smith. Billy Bob Lee, the Precinct 4 Manager of Precinct Operations, said,

“We are deeply saddened with the untimely passing of Marie. She was an invaluable part of the Precinct Four team and will be sorely missed. I personally enjoyed working with her and learned a tremendous amount from her about the inner workings of county government. She dedicated 37 years of her life to the service of Montgomery County and served the community with distinction.

“The entire Precinct Four family would like to extend their deepest sympathies to Marie’s family and ask God to comfort them during this time of grieving.”

Dodi Shaw, Montgomery County’s Human Resources Director, told The Golden Hammer,

“Marie dedicated 37 years of her life to Montgomery County and was very proud to work for the County.  She was extremely dedicated and proud of the children and grandbabies.  Her grandbabies were the light of her life.  RIP Marie.”

Precinct 3 County Commissioner James Noack said,

“This is a sad day for Montgomery County. Marie Moore was a good friend.”

Marie Moore, the hero and reformer

In the past five years or so in particular, Moore has been keenly aware of some of the managerial and operational shortcomings of the Montgomery County government. Her lengthy experience gave her insights of which many others weren’t aware. Moore knew where to find information if she didn’t have it. She knew whom to ask. Moore had a rich understanding of the recent history of Montgomery County, its road and bridge development, and the twists and turns of its Commissioners Court.

Moore became a close friend of reformer Mark Bosma, who ran for County Judge and narrowly lost to Craig Doyal in the 2014 Republican Runoff Election. Moore got along with the “establishment” as well. Nevertheless, she had a giant heart for reform of the County government, so it would serve the citizens rather than an elected official elite.

“Lynn and I express our deep regrets at her sudden passing. Our deep condolences to her family, friends and coworkers. Effervescent and effusive, she was always ready and willing to help with a brilliant smile and warm greeting. She will be greatly missed.”

– Local sage, reform leader, and political activist Bill O’ Sullivan.

“I’m so so sad about Marie. I know she was a newer friend to me but we talked on the phone a lot. I loved her.”

– Reform political activist Rachael M. Jones.

Since 2014, Mack, Davenport, and Doyal treated Moore monstrously and became a great source of stress and tension in her life. Despite claims (after her death) of a rapprochement, insiders are well aware that Mack never asked for forgiveness from Moore, never restored their previous friendship, and continued to express derision towards her until her passing. Davenport viciously attacked Moore in writing during the past year. Doyal, who acts with a bit more caution, never had anything good to say about Moore and, privately, said quite a bit of bad.

Moore’s facing down some of the most powerful people in the political “establishment” and continuing her quest to bring about reform is precisely the reason that she received such marked respect from reform-minded people such as CISD Board President Melanie Pryor Bush (who is now running for County Treasurer to clean up Stephanne Davenport’s and Marc Davenport’s mess), renowned political consultant Melanie Schoettle, former State Representative Steve Toth, MCHD Board member and County Commissioner candidate Bob Bagley, and Jason Millsaps who is State Representative Mark Keogh’s Chief of Staff.

County Attorney J.D. Lambright said, “I’ve always found Marie Moore to be a very nice and very caring lady over the decade that I’ve worked with her and around her.”

That’s truly Marie Moore. There have been more than one hundred people who messaged this newspaper during the day today that they were one of Marie Moore’s best friends, felt very close to her, and feel devastated by her passing. Moore was a decent, warm, caring person. She showed compassion, kindness, and love towards everyone. She lived a life of humility, although she was so very proud of her daughters and her grand babies.

She was a great fighter for the Lord, for her friends, for her family, for her community, and for reform. She didn’t back down.

The forces of corruption in Montgomery County now are truly quaking in their boots, because Moore is looking down upon them from Heaven at the side of God.

 

 

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