Mary Faith Kirk Moser, a long-time resident of Roswell, GA, died November 2, 2017 in Johns Creek, GA. Born in Mobile, AL on December 29, 1931, Mary Faith was a native of Thomasville, AL. Her parents were Annie Stone Kirk and Cecil Bradley Kirk of Thomasville, AL.
She graduated from Thomasville High School, attended Huntingdon College in Montgomery, AL, and received a B.S. in Commerce and Business Administration from the University of Alabama in 1953. She was a member of several honorary societies and president of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority.
Mary Faith began work with IBM. In 1955, she married William Kenneth Allen. They lived in Birmingham, AL and Cleveland, TN before settling in Roswell, GA in 1965. They had four children, which she raised as a devoted and involved mother. Mary Faith taught preschool at The Chattahoochee School and High Meadows School in Roswell. Creativity and imagination were her hallmarks - she became the family’s secret weapon for the best costumes, 4H competitions, birthday parties, and school projects. She enjoyed painting, gardening, and sewing. She valued the education that could be obtained from travel and made sacrifices to help her children see the wider world.
Mary Faith sought strategies to fund college education for her children. Dissatisfied with the advice received, she was inspired to fill such a gap herself and build a career providing financial guidance to women. She enrolled at Georgia State University and was awarded her MBA in Finance in 1983. Subsequently, she obtained her Certified Financial Planner designation and securities licenses. After working for a local investment firm, in 1985 she opened her financial planning business, Independent Wealth, where she served as its president until her retirement in 2009.
In 1983, Mary Faith married Arden Moser, her loving husband and partner for 33 years. She found joy in his musical talent and supported his involvement in the church choir and jazz bands. Together they learned to fly fish, enjoyed trips to the beach and to the west coast to visit both of their families.
Mary Faith once said she wished to take care of family in a manner that would make her father proud – SHE DID! While building her business, she made frequent trips to Birmingham, AL to care for her aunt. She also opened her home to her brother who lived with her for many years after his stroke in 1981.
She is survived by her husband Arden Moser; son Ken (Karen) Allen of Johns Creek, GA; daughters Mary Stone (Craig) Bowers of San Jose, CA and Andrea (Stan) Smith of Memphis, TN; son Kingsley (Monique) Allen of Dallas, TX; nine grandchildren (Stuart, Mary Katherine, Brett, Sheridan, Alexandra, Kenneth, Hayden, and Vivien) and one great grandson (Matthew). She is also survived by her sister Carole (Craig) Wesson of Redlands, CA and predeceased by her brother Bradley Stone Kirk.
The family would like to thank the fabulous caregivers from Sunrise Johns Creek and Atria Northpoint for their help and companionship while providing her care.
A memorial service and interment will be held at 3 pm on Saturday, November 18th at the at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church Chapel, 805 Mount Vernon Highway NW, Atlanta, Georgia.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association. On-line condolences can be made at www.crowellbrothers.com. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Funeral Homes & Crematory, 5051 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, Peachtree Corners, GA 30092. 770-448-5757.