In loving memory of

Elnora Moore-Nyquist
January 4, 1927 - May 11, 2020

MUSCATINE, Iowa - Elnora Moore-Nyquist, 93, passed away on Monday, May 11, 2020, at Pearl Valley Care Center.

The Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home will be in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to her son, Jerry Moore, and mailed to P.O. Box 203, Silvis, Illinois, 61282. Online condolences may be sent to

Elnora was born on January 4, 1927, in Nebraska, the daughter of Frank Madison and Hester A. Norwood. She first married Walter Moore who preceded her in death. Elnora then married Robert W. Nyquist who also preceded her in death.

She graduated with her Associates degree from Black Hawk College in Moline, Illinois. Elnora was the first African American to have an emergency foster care home in Rock Island County, helping over 75 children. She was recognized for this by the Rock Island Argus. Elnora was a dietician and after foster care she worked in elder home care.

Elnora was a member of the New Jerusalem Full Gospel Church in Muscatine. She was a Sunday School teacher. Elnora was an Eastern Star member of St. Paul, Minnesota. She was a past Daughter Ruler of Rock Island Elks. Elnora enjoyed crocheting, gardening, baking, and cooking.

Elnora is survived by her son, Jerry Moore; three grandchildren, Latosha, Latricia, Latarra Moore; her great grandchildren; her cousins; and many nieces, nephews, and extended family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her son, L.C. Moore, her twin sister, Elzora and sister, Myrtle; and two brothers, Madian and Charles.


Latrica Moore wrote on May 21, 2020:

"My grandmother will be truly missed thank you guys at pearl care center for taking care of my grandmother and hearing what she meant to you is special for me. Grandma was a great soulful person who loved God and loved everyone seeing the good in all people my grandmother was also tough and stood up for many people When I wo u ld go visit her at the care center she did use to say she going to rock. Island in her big red Cadillac it saddens me that this COVID-19 is about and stops is from having an appropriate funeral... We will let of balloons in memory of my grandmother at the river she is gone but never forgotten. Latrica Moore( Granddaughter)"

Jeannie wrote on May 19, 2020:

"I'm very sad to hear of Elnora's passing. I have been one of her nurses for several years but was away when she passed. I adored her as did many of the people who cared for her. I used to play music for her in the mornings It always seemed to make her smile. We all loved to hear her talk about her Cadillac and her new dresses. She had a way of putting a smile on peoples faces even on a bad day. I will keep your family in my prayers."