Nancy Moore, 72, of Kennewick, WA, ended her battle with Alzheimer’s disease the morning of Christmas Eve, surrounded by family.
Having spent most of her adult life in the Tri-Cities, she lived her final two years at Prestige Assisted Living of Kalispell in the memory care wing of a community managed by her daughter, Patty.
Nancy was born August 8, 1946 in Washington, D.C., to Robert Arnold and Jo Eva Boyd of Manassas, VA. She attended Osborne High School in Prince William County, VA, and graduated high school at the age of 16.
Nancy received a full academic scholarship to Sophie-Newcomb Women’s College, which was the sister college to Tulane University in New Orleans. LA. While in New Orleans, Nancy married, had her first daughter, Deborah, and worked for West Coast Shipping Lines in New Orleans. She also became one of the first women to serve as a Customs Clearing Agent at the age of 18.
The marriage was brief and she moved back to Manassas to live with her parents.
She reconnected with and married the boy next door (literally) and moved to Lynchburg, VA. She had her second daughter, Patty, while in Virginia and also worked as the Director of the Lynchburg, VA Chamber of Commerce. Nancy divorced again and met Frank Moore less than a year later in Lynchburg. Nancy married Frank Moore on June 15, 1974 in Carson City, NV and moved to Richland, WA.
Nancy worked as the Reservation Manager for the Hanford House, and then started as a secretary for Pacific Northwest National Laboratories (PNNL). She worked for 31 years at PNNL and retired as a Senior Research Scientist. During this time, she completed her undergraduate studies earning a degree in Business followed by a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Washington State University.
She worked full time, travelled with her job, took night classes, parented two girls, and still managed to graduate Summa Cum Laude.
Nancy served on the Planning Commission for the City of Pasco. Her hobbies included reading and genealogy research. Nancy was a member of the Daughter’s of the American Revolution (DAR).
Nancy is survived by her husband Frank, her daughter Deborah Moore Jaquith and son-in-law John Jaquith; daughter Patty Cordell, and daughter-in-law Kim Spicher, as well as two very special grandsons, Colin Cordell of Durango, CO and Morgan Cordell, of Golden, CO.
A special thank you goes out to the dedicated staff of Frontier Hospice. To the staff of Prestige Assisted Living, thank you for loving her, playing her favorite music, and dancing with her. She was happy in your loving care and believed that all of you were part of her family.
Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Tri-Cities Office: 609 The Parkway, Richland, WA 99352. P: (509) 321-4579, F: (855) 819-1590. InquiryWa@alz.org.
A Celebration of Life will be scheduled in the spring in the Tri-Cities for friends and family.