04-19-12 — Alma Grace (Kibbey) Moore of Russell Park Living Center in Lewiston, Maine, passed from this world at the age of 91 on October 11, 2012.
She was born on the family farm in Olive Hill on September 15, 1921. She was a proud graduate of the privately funded Erie School in Olive Hill. In an area of deep poverty, her family knew there was nothing more important than a good education. Following high school she attended Cumberland College (now University) in Williamsburg.
As a young woman her greatest adventure was teaching the Navajo at Wide Ruins Indian Reservation in Arizona. This experience gave her an abiding respect, which she handed down to her family, for people of other cultures.
But her marriage to Robert Daniel Moore (of Williamsburg) was the greatest adventure of her life. As the wife of a career military officer she lived in post WWII Trieste, Italy; Ft. Benning, Ga.; Enterprise, Ala.; Alexandria, Va.; Ft. Richardson, Alaska; Gettysburg, Penn., and Ft. Meade, Md.
Wherever she lived she was an active member of the Officers Wives Club and you could always find her playing golf or bridge. For a number of years she lived in California; Mazatlan, Mexico, and Naples, Fla. She had an open heart, and an open hand, for everyone.
Alma is predeceased by her husband, Col. Robert D Moore; parents, William Otis and Blanche Underwood Kibbey; and her sister, Helen Perry. She will be missed by her two children and their families, daughter Helen G. Stevens and her husband Gordon of Gardiner, Maine, as well as her son James E. Moore and his wife Jane of Newport, R.I. She is survived by three grandchildren, granddaughter Gabrielle Stevens and her husband Ron Schmidt of Portland, Maine, and their daughter, Eleanor, who gave her enormous joy in her last months. She is also survived by grandson Owen Stevens and his companion Neha Delal of Bath, Maine; and grandson Andrew Moore of Ft. Benning, Ga. She had many nephews and nieces, and great-nephews and great-nieces, whom she loved dearly.
Later in life Alma became part of the Russell Park Living Center’s community where she received thoughtful and compassionate care. And proving that you’re never too old to make friends, she became close to her roommate, Ruth Harrington.
Her memorial service will be presided over by the Rev. Wilma Erwin at the church Blanche Kibbey founded, the Kibbey Chapel, on McGlone Creek Rd (Ky. 182) in Olive Hill at 2:30 pm on October 31, 2012. Alma’s final resting place will be with her husband at Mills Spring National Cemetery in Nancy.
In life she belonged to her family, neighbors and friends. In death she has returned to the God who gave her life.