Bertha Helen Moore: 1918-2004

Bertha Helen Moore died Oct. 30, 2004, at The Memorial Hospital in Craig following a short illness. She was 86.

Bertha Helen Moore was born April 18, 1918.

Her mother died in childbirth and so she was adopted by her aunt shortly thereafter.

Moore was raised and attended school in Ashland, Kan., where she graduated from high school in 1936.

She married Wallace Moore on Aug. 12, 1937, in Ashland. They moved to Hayden and worked on a ranch.

They moved to Oklahoma where she worked on a farm in the summer and was a substitute teacher at a country school in the winter.

During their time in Oklahoma, their sons, Jack and Francis, were born.

During the next several years they moved between Hayden and Oklahoma.

They returned to Hayden in 1946 and she worked at Miller-Martinson Hereford Cattle Ranch as a cook.

She taught 4-H classes for 13 years, was a Cub Scouts leader for five years, cooked meals for the Hayden Lions Club, was the dietician for the Hayden Hospital for three years and she was district chairman for the Oddfellows Rebekah Group for two years.

She and her husband ran the Hayden Inn, which was a boarding house for the miners in the area for four years. In 1958, Moore and her husband moved to Craig and purchased the bowling alley. They owned and operated the establishment until her husband's death in 1978. After his death, she sold the bowling alley and began many years of service to the community of Craig. She taught 4-H foods and cake decorating class for eight years, she was a member of the home demonstration club and served as its secretary for six years, she also served many years as area representative on the area council on aging, was chairman of AARP, and served on the museum board, fair board, and retirement board. Moore won blue ribbons at the county fair in foods, canning, gardening and flowers, won the county senior award for volunteer work, won state of Colorado care centennial award for twenty-four years of volunteer service and was a guest with Gov. Owens at a luncheon where she received that award, and she was honored by the Moffat County Republican party for volunteer service in March of 2003.

Moore is survived by her son, Jack (Darlene), of Ely, Nev.; grandchildren Shane, Brian and Carl Moore, all of Craig, Tammy (Greg) Meeske of Colorado Springs, Jack Moore Jr. of Grand Junction, and Randall Baum of Denver; and numerous great- grandchildren.

Moore was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, her husband, Wallace, and a son, Francis.

Services were held Nov. 3, 2004, at Grant Mortuary Chapel with Neil Folks officiating. The organist was Anne Carr and the soloist was Wanda Brown.

The selection was, "Beyond The Sunset" with special selection "Amazing Grace" performed by Taylor Meeske on the saxophone.

Pallbearers were Brian Moore, Carl Moore, Greg Meeske, Taylor Meeske, Randall Baum, and Wayne Quick.

Honorary pallbearers Jack Moore Jr., Daniel Meeske, Shane Moore, Dayton Dowling, and Donald Meeske.

Interment was at Craig Cemetery.

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