Kara Paulk Moore
ROME, GA. — Kara Paulk Moore, age 55, passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her family and friends on Saturday, March 19, 2016. Her Celebration of Life will be held Monday March 28th, 2016 at 1 pm in the Frost Chapel at Berry College. The Rev. Durwood Foshee will officiate the service. The family will receive friends starting at 11:30 am at Frost Chapel prior to her service.
Kara was born February 4th, 1961 to Rick and Belle Paulk in Tifton, Georgia. She attended Tift County schools where she showed her love for learning. Kara excelled at everything that she did and graduated with honors. She was a Ga. Girl’s State Representative and a member of Sigma Delta Sigma Sorority. She loved music and participated in the Choral and Band programs. She was a soloist with the chorus and played saxophone for the band. During football season, she was the captain of the rifle squad and she still had her practice rifles in her home. She attended Peace Lutheran Church during her youth and was extremely active in its youth program.
She attended Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and then went on to the Medical College of Georgia receiving a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy in 1983. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with honors from both. Kara became specialized in pediatric physical therapy and enjoyed treating children for over 30 years. During that time she received several specialized certifications including a Neuro- Developmental Treatment accreditation. Kara loved the children she treated and went above and beyond a therapist’s duty by taking a personal interest in her patient’s lives.
Kara met her husband David, the love of her life, in Albany, Georgia through her sister, Joy. They dated for three years before tying the knot in 1985. Kara had two daughters, Adair (Nicholas) Turturro and Chelsea Moore. Being a mother was her greatest joy. Kara enjoyed traveling all over the world with her family and close friends, kayaking around Lake Blackshear, walking her Dottie Dog, and spending time in her courtyard with her fat cat Dori. She was an excellent baker and baked numerous cakes during the years for special events. She also learned the ancient art of tatting at her grandmother’s knee and gave many handkerchiefs and pillow cases to family members to remember special times.
She was active in youth ministry since college where she had been a teacher/leader, most recently at Trinity UMC for almost 20 years. She was a very active volunteer within the community and also participated on numerous disaster relief mission trips. Kara’s passion was mentoring and leading young people to know Christ. Her biggest life goal was to make a positive impact on people’s lives. Kara inspired many people with her beautiful smile and her joyful outlook on life. She was a blessing to everyone who knew her and she will be missed beyond words.
She was preceded in death by her father Rick Paulk, her nephew Brandon Paulk, and her brother-in-law Carroll Mixon. She is survived by her husband, children, mother Belle Paulk Mooney, sister Lynn Mixon, sister Joy (Ricky) Bryan, and brother Ricky (Elaine) Paulk. Father-in-law, Thomas (Sylvie) Moore, Jean Curtis, mother-in-law, brother-in-law, Danny (Kate) Moore and brother-in-law, Doug Moore, sister-in-law Julie (Josh) Moseley.
Also, nieces and nephews Tara (Asah) Huggins, Trent (Jaci) Bryan, Duane (Jessica) Mixon, Matt (Adrienne) Mixon, Duran (Kayla) Paulk, Tyler Bryan, Taylor (Vince) Walker, Carlos Bishop, Carsyn Simmons, and Carter Moseley. God children Jake Peavy and Erica (Jordan) Welch, and honorary niece and nephews James Creech, John Creech, and Elizabeth Creech.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Sarcoma Alliance, 775 E Blithedale #334, Mill Valley, CA 94941 or http://sarcomaalliance.org/donate
There will be a driver and golf cart shuttle for Frost Chapel parking.
Daniel’s Funeral Home, in Rome, Ga. is in charge of her arrangements.