Carol Joan 'Hardy' Moore
After a nine year battle with dementia, 81 year old Carol left us Saturday, May 3, 2014 to join her friends in higher places as she so often referred to her beloved God and His Son.
Six of the past nine years were spent in two assisted living facilities and a nursing home. Carol's first home-away-from-home was in Grants Pass, Ore. where she did well under the love and care of the administrator and staff. After 1 ½ years Carol was moved to a memory care facility in Medford, Ore. so she would be closer to her husband who lives in Ashland, Ore. After 1 ½ years in this facility and three trips to the hospital in a 10-day period, due to over sedation and near death, Carol was moved to a nursing home in Medford, Ore. where she lived out the rest of her life under the watchful eyes and loving care of her doctor, the facility staff, and her husband who visited her daily. Despite the treatment received at the second facility and the disease she was afflicted with, Carol lived a good life; she never lost her sense of humor or forgot her husband and loved ones who visited often.
Born in Wamego, Kans. September 27, 1932 to parents Harold and Myrtle Hardy, Carol was the youngest of six children. She grew up in Wamego where she attended the local grade school and high school. While in high school she was a majorette for the sports teams. Carol was inspired by her sister, Ruth, who was a nurse, and decided to follow in her footsteps. She started her quest by volunteering at the local hospital as a candy striper and continued until she graduated from high school. On August 25, 1949 she married the love of her life, Cecil G. Moore. After six years of marriage and the birth of three children, the family moved to Pomona, Calif. where Carol took a job as a Senior Psychiatric Technician at Pacific State Hospital. During her tenure at the hospital she became the first person to be sponsored by the State of California for the new Associate of Arts Nursing Program at Mount San Antonio College. After graduating and receiving her degree, she was accepted at City of Hope to study as a nurse in open heart surgery. Carol worked in this field for several years until the family moved north to Sonoma, Calif. where she returned to school attending San Francisco State University and receiving her Bachelor's degree in nursing. She furthered her education by receiving, with Honors, her Master's degree in Business Administration from Sonoma State University. From this point forward, Carol worked as Director of Nursing until retirement. Retiring after 50+ years in a rewarding nursing career, she continued, as she had been, to work side-by-side with her husband, breeding, raising, training, and racing Thoroughbred horses until she became ill.
Carol was raised in a loving, Christian family, where respect, responsibility, hard work, and the importance of family were instilled during her upbringing morals strictly adhered to before her illness and not easily forgotten during her illness. She was a talented woman who managed, through perseverance, to accomplish whatever she endeavored (cannot and unable these words were not in her vocabulary). Some self-taught skills included: cooking, cake decorating, sewing, knitting, crocheting, crewel work, macrame', drawing and rock painting, glass etching, tarot card reading, astrological diagrams and readings (humans and horses), gardening, playing the organ, computer programming, and snow skiing (learned at the age of 50). Her skills were many, but her most memorable attribute was her ability to make you feel special'. Carol was a loving, gentle soul who will be missed, beyond words, by all who knew her.
Carol is survived by her husband, Cecil, to whom she was married for over 64 years; a son, Harold David Moore; two daughters, Linda Sue Schwanke and Anna Marie Felix; three sons-in-law; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one sister and one brother.
The family wants to thank Dr. Kahn and the wing 2 staff at Avamere Health Services in Medford for the love and attention provided to Carol during the last three years.