Mamie Ruth Moore-Burleson was born October 21, 1946, the baby daughter of four siblings to Jimmie Walter, Sr. and Evelyn Clark Moore in Dallas, Texas. 

Mamie was a proud graduate of Lincoln High School in 1965. She began her college education by attending the HBCU Bishop College (now Paul Quinn College), earning her Bachelor of Science Degree in 1969 despite the difficulties that Black women faced in the South. She went on to receive her master’s degree in education in 1977 from North Texas State University. She was determined to fight for the right to have a good education and encourage her loving family to do the same … and they did. Mamie would say, “Your education is something that can never be taken. Go out and aspire to be the best.”

In 1966, Mamie was united in marriage to Horace Lane Burleson, Jr. This union was blessed with two strong and devoted daughters, Bridget Elaine and Demetra LaShae. She was an outstanding and doting mother, fiercely protective and equally demanding. She instilled respect, gratitude, and a love of Christ into her daughters. 

Mamie began her work career at Texas Instruments, in 1965, as a line worker in the field of electronics making calculators and transistor radios. Compelled for something greater, she studied Black History and English. It was in those courses, taught by the late Dr. C.A.W. Clark, Pastor of Good Street Baptist Church, that she was encouraged to pursue a teaching degree. She went on to serve in the Wilmer Hutchins School District at Kennedy Curry Middle School for 10 years. In late 1978, the family moved to California. There she served the students of Compton Unified School District, Federation Head Start, and the Los Angeles Unified School District. She retired as a devoted guidance counselor at Samuel Gompers Middle School in 2013. Her steadfast desire to stay busy found her serving the community of Los Angles. She pulled herself out of retirement and worked on the Los Angeles County’s Civil Grand Jury for two consecutive years. During a time when COVID was ravaging the country, she still served. As that appointment came to a close, she found herself serving the students of Los Angeles once again. For two years, she served daily as a part of the Food Service staff assisting to feed students nourishing meals as a mission and ministry. 

Mamie loved her family. Next to her strong and unwavering faith in God, she was a believer that family sticking together was important. As a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Los Angeles, under Pastor Alvin Tunstrill, Mamie taught Sunday School and was an alto member of the Voices of Trinity Choir.  

Mamie passed on February 3, 2023. Preceding her passing: her grandparents, Payton Clark and Maggie Hardeman-Clark; her parents, Jimmy Walter Moore, Sr. and Evelyn Clark-Moore; two eldest brothers, Jimmy Walter Moore, Jr. and Joseph Davis Moore; aunts, Corine McCoy and Addie Lee Chatmon; and uncles, Shelbert Clark, Dell Harper, and Ivorn Harper.

Mamie leaves to give praise for her life and memories: her husband, Horace, of 23 years; amazing sister, Barbara Lee Moore Woods Morgan of Dallas, TX; sister-in-law, Irma Jean Davis-Moore of Dallas, TX; two daughters, Bridget Elaine Burleson-McFarland (Ronald Wayne) of Las Vegas, NV, and Demetra LaShae Burleson-Liburd (Keith, Sr) of Carson, CA; two educated and hard-working granddaughters, Latoya Lashae McFarland of Las Vegas, NV, and Brittany Shauntre McFarland of Dallas, TX; two kindhearted and athletic great grandchildren, twins Khalil Wayne Williams and Khalece Elaine Williams of Las Vegas, NV; five compassionate nieces, Brenda, Jackie, Monica, Michelle, and Karen; two supportive nephews, Gary and Lawrence of Dallas, TX, and an abundance of other loving relatives and friends both in Texas and California.