The drive and desire to help others comes naturally to Mary Linda Moore.
For the past 16 years, the Mississippi State graduate has worked as the Financial Management Agent for the Alcorn County branch of the Mississippi State University Extension Service.
"She and I started working at the Extension Service about six months apart. My first impression of her was that she was a very intelligent and serious person. She is very intelligent and serious when it comes to her job, but what most people don't know is that she is also a big cut-up and a prankster," said friend and co-worker Misti Crum. "If you find all your stuff tapes to your desk or get locked in the file room with the lights turned off, you can pretty much bet it was Mary Linda."
The mother of three and grandmother of five said she enjoys pinpointing the needs of the community and helping others with what they need most in the realms of financial management.
“I have had a wonderful experience with the Extension Center. It is a great organization to work for because it truly is a family,” said Moore.
Though she works at the local extension office, the Glen resident said her job varies from day to day.
“I’m housed here, but I actually serve 22 counties. So, I’m always out and about doing things,” said Moore who enjoys the variety. “My job is never boring because there is something new and exciting every day.”
She added that working with people and seeing the difference she's made is for her the most rewarding part of what she does.
"It makes it all worthwhile,” said Moore.
In her spare time, the Greenwood native enjoys reading, catching a good movie, walking, fishing, hiking in Tishomingo State Park and sitting around a campfire with her grandchildren.
“I love anything outdoors. In fact, I take on mundane tasks just to be outside,” said 53-year-old who is a nature-girl at heart.