March 7, 2018

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Flowers sit on the desk where Coral Shores High School office manager Jackie Moates sat sentinel making sure generations of students had hall passes and were attired in accordance with school policy.

Contributed Flowers sit on the desk where Coral Shores High School office manager Jackie Moates sat sentinel making sure generations of students had hall passes and were attired in accordance with school policy.

ISLAMORADA — Jackie Moates, who was described as Coral Shores High School’s “star” by a former colleague and principal, died Sunday.

Moates, 78, had been the Coral Shores office manager serving under six principals.

Monroe County School Board member Ron Martin, a former Coral Shores teacher and principal, said Moates started working at the high school in 1974, about a year after he joined as faculty.

“She came to work in the guidance office as a secretary, and she’s been the office manager for years. She was not only a wonderful coworker, but she was a true friend of mine. She’s an icon in this community. If you look up the definition of honesty and integrity, she was the definition,” Martin said.

“She was just a wonderful person and she’s surely going to be missed.”

Moates perhaps is best known for the small desk she occupied inside the school’s main hallway, where she greeted faculty and staff, wrote passes for late students, reinforced dress codes and made sure visitors were properly admitted.

She was described as strict but caring and nurturing and as leaving a long-lasting impact on many students.

A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 10, at Palms Woodlawn Cemetery, 27100 Old Dixie Highway in Naranja, followed by a “Going Home Celebration” at 2 p.m. at the Coral Shores gym.

In lieu of flowers, the Moates family is requesting donations be made to a scholarship fund to be determined.

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