October 9, 1934 – May 3, 2017
Marjorie Hipp Moore was born in Kansas City, Missouri, her family ranging across the country during the Depression and war years from Illinois to Oregon to Kansas. Her most jubilant memories came from childhood summers spent in St. Paul, Arkansas, in a house called Chimney Rock Farm, a place without electricity or plumbing, alive with crawdads and copperheads in the river, with goats sheltering in the outhouse. She graduated from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, took her library degree at UC Berkeley, and married at 25.
Her great passion was birdwatching, and she was exuberantly active in the Rogue Valley Audubon Society for some decades, leading field trips and organizing the field notes for the newsletter. She would happily travel many miles to catch a glimpse of a displaced Smew or Whooper Swan and harbored a particular fondness for the song of the Canyon Wren.
She died of complications from pneumonia and is survived by her twin sister, Marie Plante of Bethesda, Maryland; son, Fr. Michael Moore of Hanford, California; and daughter, Lisa.