There are a few things in life that Denise Moore absolutely treasures - starting with her 22-year marriage to husband, Lynotte Moore.
Denise, born in Birmingham, Ala., was introduced to the Wilson County community through her former job as an Executive Outside Sales Representative for the Real Yellow Pages. The job also introduced her to Lynotte.
"His business account - Pick and Pay Carpets, at the time - was assigned to another sales rep and he needed help on the account so I accompanied him to Lynotte's business and we became friends," she said of their meeting.
On January 16, 2016 the couple will celebrate 22 years of wedded bliss.
"God comes first, then your husband and kids," Denise said of keeping her priorities in order, before cracking a joke. "I was once told by my grandmother that marriage isn't 50/50. It is 75/25 most of the time. The woman is the 75 percent."
On a serious note - Denise said that praying for your relationship is one of the most important things a married couple can do. "Also, putting each other first," she added. "Marriage is work and you must never take it for granted."
Denise is a proud step-mother to Nicole Garlock, Rachel Frazier and Ashlie Templeton; and is "MiMi" to Chloe Frazier, who will turn 3-years-old in December, and Bentley Frazier, 5 months. The Moores have another grandson, Hudson Templeton, due in December.
"We also have five step-grandchildren and three wonderful son-in-laws," she said.
Denise and Lynotte volunteer to keep their grandbabies "whenever we are needed," she continued. "I have always loved kids ... They are truly God's blessing."
She is also an avid animal-lover. Denise said she "can't imagine life without" her 8-year-old Shihpoo, Lucy.
Denise has helped raise funds for no-kill shelter, New Leash on Life, in Lebanon through the Artists 4 Animals event.
Denise admires a number of women - for various reasons; however, Ms. Pat Bryant, a Woman of Wilson featured last year and winner of The Wilson Post's Woman of the Year award, came to mind as the woman she most admires.
"She carries herself as a true lady in everything she does. She is well educated on so many subjects and I love to talk with her on so many issues," Denise said, before changing the subject to the person she most admires.
"My husband, Lynotte, is probably the person I admire most. He is Godly, a wonderful, loving husband who supports me in more ways than you could imagine. He loves his children and grandchildren beyond measure," she said. "He works hard, is extremely smart in business, helps others and half the time I find out through someone else - he never speaks of it ... He has a very loving heart towards people in need."