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Lula ‘Lu’ McCorkle Moore Sterrett, 97, died at Mary Immaculate Hospital in Newport News on Tuesday, May 3, 2016.
She was born in Rockbridge County July 20, 1918, to Lula Strain McCorkle Moore and Harry Earl Moore Jr. She was married 65 years to the late John Douglas ‘Pete’ Sterrett Jr. of Rockbridge County.
Lu was a lifelong Presbyterian serving in leadership areas in youth and women’s programs. She was a member of Yorkminster Presbyterian Church for the last 35 years, where she had served in circles, outreach ministry teams and as an elder. While living in Wytheville, she was elected regent of the Stuart Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution and was elected district vice-regent.
She later moved her membership to the Williamsburg Chapter DAR. She served on the Wythe County Board of the American Red Cross. She was a past president of the Virginia chapter of Daughters of Colonial Wars and served as DCW’s national chairman of The William and Mary Quarterly Awards. She had been a member of the Yorktown Woman’s Club since 1979. From 1973 to 1980, Lu enjoyed a career as hostess and interpreter for Colonial Williamsburg. Wherever Lu lived, she had a thriving flower garden, loved renovating and decorating old homes and refinishing antiques, cooking and baking. She enjoyed water skiing, traveling and genealogy. Most of all, Lu enjoyed spending time with family.
Lu was preceded in death by her parents and her husband; sister, Mary Elizabeth Moore, and brother, Harry Estel Moore, both of Lexington; and niece, Betty Shea Moore, and nephews, Richard Lee Moore and Garrett Harry Moore, also of Lexington.
She is survived by two sisters, Alice Moore Bradshaw, and her husband, Randolph, of Bedford and Jane Moore Stockhausen of Bradenton Fla.; three children, the Rev. John Douglas ‘Doug’ Sterrett III, and his wife, Rachel, of Boone N.C., Martha ‘Marcie’ Sterrett Schoonmaker, and her husband, Bill, of Centreville and Susan Sterrett Copenhaver, and her husband, Roger, of Yorktown; seven grandchildren, Dr. John B. Sterrett, of Golspie, Scotland, Dr. Joseph W. Sterrett, and his wife, Rachael, of Aarhus, Denmark, U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Jonathan R. Grover of Suffolk, M. Todd Grover, of Centreville, Christine Schoonmaker Kipps, and her husband, Mark, of Harrisonburg, James W. Schoonmaker III, and his wife, Melanie, of Fairfax and Anna Copenhaver Claxton, and her husband, Ian, of Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.; eight great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Ann Berry Sterrett of Hampton; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 7, at Yorkminster Presbyterian Church in Yorktown with a reception immediately following services. A private graveside service and interment will be at Timber Ridge Presbyterian Church, Old Stone Church Cemetery, Lexington, in late June.
Expressions of sympathy may be made in memory of Mrs. Sterrett to Yorkminster Presbyterian Church, Building Fund, 6218 George Washington Memorial Highway, Yorktown, VA 23692.
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