Mary Elzbeth Eleanore Moore

Mary Elzbeth Eleanore Moore

Eleanore Moore passed away peacefully at the age of 92 on November 25, 2013, joining her parents, brother, daughter and son. Born in Rosetown, Saskatchewan, on October 31, 1921, she is survived by her husband Keith Moore; daughters, Shirley McCaffrey and Lynne Piercy; stepchildren Gerry (Jan) Moore, Gordon Moore, Trevor Moore and Sherry (Phil) Braithwaite; fourteen grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

A born teacher, Eleanore graduated from St. Joseph’s Convent High School at 16 years of age and after taking a stenographer’s course, attended Normal (teaching) School in Saskatoon, SK. Eleanore began her teaching career near Rosetown in a one room school with eight grades, with duties that included lighting the stove in the morning and doing the janitorial work. She married Maurice Piercy, father to Lynne, in 1942. Six years later Maurice was killed in an industrial accident while working for Sask Hydro. Eleanore then married a returning war veteran, Jack Clark and over the next few years Kathy, David and Shirley were born. To subsidize their farming income Eleanore worked as a teller in the Toronto Dominion Bank.

In 1965 the family moved to Salmon Arm, BC and she formed a partnership in a dress shop “Lenore’s Fashions” with her sister-in-law, which she sold in 1970. Divorced in 1973, she returned to teaching elementary school in Salmon Arm and eventually transferred to Barriere, BC where she met and married the love of her life, Keith Moore, and became stepmother to his four children. A member of the Barriere Legion Branch 242 Ladies Auxiliary, she and Keith had many enjoyable times there. In 1975 they moved to Revelstoke where she taught school until retiring in 1985. An avid reader and learner, she continued to take courses from Cariboo College and the University of British Columbia throughout her teaching career.

From 1986 to 1988, Eleanore and Keith operated a bed and breakfast at Mara Lake, BC until their trip across Canada. In 1991 they returned to Barriere, where they spent many happy years watching their family grow with many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A very special lady with a kind heart, she loved to help children learn. She was always there with words of encouragement, sage advice or a comforting hug. A wonderful cook, she wrote a cooking column in Kamloops Today and published a family cookbook that is cherished by all who have one. She embodied the Spirit of Christmas; her parcels filled with baking, homemade jams and knitted slippers were truly treasured. Eleanore had a wicked sense of humour and her family and friends have many, many wonderful memories of times filled with laughter. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

Diagnosed with dementia, Eleanore lived the last eight years of her life at Overlander Extended Care in Kamloops. In May she and Keith celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary and they recently celebrated their 92nd birthdays together. The family would like to thank the staff of Overlander Extended Care for their loving care of Eleanore. No service will be held at this time. Donations may be made to the Salvation Army (www.salvationarmy.ca) in memory of Eleanore Moore.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to North Thompson Funeral Services, Barriere, BC, 250-672-1999. Condolences may be expressed at www.NorthThompsonFuneral.com


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