Former first lady Shelley Riley Moore died Sept. 13 at age 88, according to a news release from the campaign of Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va.
Riley Moore and former Gov. Arch Moore had three children who made a joint statement in the news release.
“Our mother was a wonderful, warm and loving person. She loved us and our children intensely, and she passionately loved her husband, Arch, with whom she shared a beautiful marriage of 65 years. Mom matched an uplifting sense of humor with a genuine ability to listen and connect: traits that made everyone around her know they mattered. She was an ardent fan of West Virginia University, especially its marching band, the Pride of West Virginia. She was deeply honored to serve as first lady of West Virginia for 12 years.”
Riley Moore met the former governor while both attended WVU and the couple made their home in Marshall County for most of their lives. She was first lady of West Virginia from 1969 to 1977 and again from 1985 through 1989. In 1985 she established the West Virginia Mansion Preservation Fund to raise money for maintenance and furnishings at the Governor’s Mansion.