Shelley Riley Moore

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Shelley Riley Moore
Born Sadie Shelley Riley
(1926-07-15)July 15, 1926
Miami, Florida, U.S.
Died September 13, 2014(2014-09-13) (aged 88)
Charleston, West Virginia
Nationality American
Known for First lady of West Virginia, 1969-77; 1985-89

Shelley Riley Moore (July 15, 1926 – September 13, 2014) was an American educator who served as the First Lady of West Virginia from 1969-77, and from 1985-89 during the tenure of her husband, former Governor Arch A. Moore, Jr.

Moore's twelve year tenure was the longest of any first lady in West Virginia's history.[1] Moore founded the West Virginia Mansion Preservation Foundation in 1985 to preserve the state Governor's Mansion. She was the mother of West Virginia politician, Shelley Moore Capito.[1]

Moore was born Sadie Shelley Riley in Miami, Florida,[1] on July 15, 1926, the daughter of Sadie Wardlow (née Wellens) and Jacob Lewis Riley.[2] While earning a degree in education at West Virginia University, she met Arch A. Moore, Jr., whom she married in 1949. She taught school in Pennsylvania for several years before her husband entered politics. After serving for a dozen years in the United States House of Representatives, Arch Moore was elected Governor. As First Lady, she gave speeches throughout West Virginia and appeared at college campuses, vocational facilities, library dedication ceremonies, and before civic and religious groups. She took an interest in promoting the West Virginia Governor's Mansion and offered public tours of the mansion. She also conducted televised tours and started the West Virginia Mansion Preservation Foundation to help restore and maintain the mansion.[3]

Moore died, aged 88, on September 13, 2014, at the Arthur B. Hodges Center in Charleston, West Virginia.[4][5] She and her husband were residents of Glen Dale, West Virginia.[4]


  1. ^ a b c Gutman, David (2014-09-13). "Shelley Riley Moore, former first lady of West Virginia, dies". Charleston Gazette. Retrieved 2014-09-14. 
  2. ^ Genealogy profile,; accessed September 15, 2014.
  3. ^ "West Virginia's First Ladies", West Virginia Division of Culture and History, June 2007.
  4. ^ a b "Shelley Moore profile". The Intelligencer & Wheeling News Register. 2014-09-14. Retrieved 2014-09-14. 
  5. ^ "Former W.Va. First Lady Moore dies". The Register-Herald. September 13, 2014. Retrieved September 13, 2014. 
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Mary Alice Tieche Smith
First Lady of West Virginia
1969 – 1977
Succeeded by
Sharon Percy Rockefeller
Preceded by
Sharon Percy Rockefeller
First Lady of West Virginia
1985 – 1989
Succeeded by
Dee Caperton