Ruth E. Moore


(Oct. 27, 2009)

Ruth E. Moore, 94, died Tuesday, Oct. 27 after a short illness at Powell Valley Hospital with family at her side.

She was born Oct. 31, 1915, along with twin brother Bob, on a homestead in Meeteetse, to Edith Mae and Arlen O. Vawter. The family moved to Powell in 1920, and Ruth graduated from Powell High School in 1933. She married her high school sweetheart, Cecil Rex Moore, and they had one so, Ken.

During their 66 years of marriage Ruth and Rex moved a number of times, working and living in Ft. Morgan, Denver, and Lamar, Colo.; Laramie, Powell and Cody; Battle Mountain, Nev.; and Billings. After retiring from Mountain Bell in 1977, they returned home to Powell permanently. They enjoyed 24 years of retirement, often wintering in Mesa, Ariz..

Never hesitant to make friends, they kept in close contact by writing and visiting whenever they could. Often a drive between Powell and Mesa could take more than a month, as they stopped to visit family and friends — no one was ever out of they way or too far for them to see. Many summers they drove to Alaska, towing a trailer containing a freezer. They would fish for salmon and halibut until the freezer was full and then head south. During the return trip they would stop in Oregon and Idaho to pick berries and fruit. In the fall, Ruth would can the salmon, berries and fruit and give much of it away.

Ruth’s favorite place was the cabin they built in Sunlight Basin. She enjoyed fishing, baking, traveling and dancing — whether it be square dance, round dance or clogging. Ruth was known for her sharp bridge-playing skills.

Ruth was a resident of the Heartland Assisted Living Center for 7 years.

She preceded in death by her husband, Rex; her parents; her brothers Mike and Robert Vawter; and her sisters Marge Larsen, Rachel Gentle, Mary Q. Duggleby and Dorothy Reed.

She is survived by her son Ken (Diane) of Anchorage, Alaska; four grand-children; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews and their families.

There will be a celebration of life at the family cabin in Sunlight Basin at a later date.