December 10, 1932 - January 25, 2011
Ann Moore, an early childhood educator and volunteer in many community organizations, died at her Medford home January 25, 2011 of complications from multiple myeloma. Born Genevieve Ann Williamson in Honolulu, then the Territory of Hawaii, Ann was educated in island schools and a graduated from Punahou School, she cherished her Island roots and returned with family every five years for reunions of the Class of 1951.
At Oregon State College, now OSU, she studied Home Economics and worked as a writer and editor for the campus daily newspaper where she met her husband, Tam Moore. Ann was secretary of her college Class of 1955, and a member of Phi Kappa Phi academic honor society.. After graduation she worked in television in Eureka, California, where she and Tam were married February 8, 1958. They have three children: James, a political scientist and media commentator of Portland; William, a sculptor and artist of Pittsboro, N.C.; and Patricia, a historian and landscape educator of Eugene. There are two grandchildren in Pittsboro, Hudson Elizabeth Moore and Tyler Everett Moore.
The family lived in Germany during Tam's military duty in the 1960s, and made their home in Santa Rosa, California while he did a tour in Vietnam. They moved to Medford in 1967 and since then have lived in the same house, beneath a canopy of oak trees.
Ann began her career as an early childhood educator in 1972, first as teacher and then co-director of Westminster Cooperative Preschool. She retired in 1995. Often former students identified themselves and shared their life stories with Ann. Those conversations brought her great joy and continued during her repeated hospital stays during her battle with myeloma. Immediately following retirement, she spent several years as a Court Appointed Special Counsel, advocating for children in foster care.
Ann was active in Medford Branch, American Association of University Women, served a term as president, and volunteered for numerous other jobs including working at the AAUW food booth at the Britt Children's Festival.
In her retirement she embraced local history with a passion, serving as a trustee of Southern Oregon Historical Society. She was a member of the SOHS fundraising group, the Gold Digger's Guild. Among her special interests was historic Hanley Farm. She gave house tours, giving countless hours to SOHS over the years. Ann was a research volunteer at the SOHS reference library. She served as Jackson County co-chairman of the Applegate Trail Sesquicentennial celebration in 1996.
For decades, Ann served in leadership positions at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Ann was an active member of the choir. She served the regional Presbyterian Church, counseling congregations and clergy and helping during transitions in pastoral leadership.
Ann's love of music included three decades of support for the Britt Music Festival. The Moore home hosted classical musicians over those years, creating an extended family which shared many fine meals, fellowship, and an abundance of music. Until last year, Ann was an active volunteer usher at Britt.
She was a member of Chapter CG, P.E.O. Ann made friends wherever she went. She loved to travel to see friends across the country. But she loved best coming home to her families at home, in her church, in all her organizations. Seeing and talking to so many of those friends during her illness brought her peace.
A memorial service is scheduled at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011 at Westminster Presbyterian Church. No flowers, please. Memorial contributions may be sent to Southern Oregon Historical Society, 106 N. Central, Medford OR 97501, or to Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2000 Oakwood, Medford OR 97504.