LOLLIE BELLE MOORE WYLIE
Mentor. writer. journalist.
2013 Inductee, Georgia Women of Achievement
City, Town, Region
Lollie Belle Moore Wylie is a recognizable mentor for Georgia women. Her story is one of turning personal loss and adversity into inspiration. She is remembered for her creative contributions through journalism, poetry, music, and environmental projects. Her roles both as a mother and a professional writer reflect her belief that a woman can make a difference in her community by giving something back.
Laura Isabelle "Lollie Belle" Moore Wylie was born in Alabama to Thomas Polk Moore and Augusta Ellis Moore. In 1865 the Moore family moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where they remained. In 1877 Lollie Belle married Hart Wylie and had two daughters, Augusta "Gussie" Louisa and Hart. After the death of her husband, she took a job as society editor at the Atlanta Journal thus becoming the first woman to have a paid position on a daily newspaper in the South (Lollie Belle Wylie family papers, ms3408, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries).
Annie Hornady Howard in her book entitled Georgia Homes and Notable Georgians said: “Her interest in women and their work was always uppermost in her heart and she was never too busy to lend a helping hand to some beginner in the field of Journalism."