Penny (Ruth Mary) Moore
Penny (Ruth Mary) McManus Moore passed peacefully from this world to be with our Lord on October 30, 2010.
She was born in Augusta, MT on July 18, 1926 to Walter and Matilda McManus. She lived in Augusta through the 8th grade, then moved to Helena and graduated as a “greenie” from St. Helena Cathedral High School. She studied voice at St. Mary’s College in Kansas then transferred and graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in Business in 1949. She married Jack B. Moore October 8, 1951.
Penny always saw her first responsibility as a homemaker raising 8 children, and also worked as the office manager at Jack Moore and Associates (now Moore Appraisal) for many years, working with her husband and sons.
As the mother of 8 children, Penny set the expectations for family dynamics and was the center for family communication. She knew each of her children and grandchildren individually and offered encouragement and support in their many and varied activities. She was content to shine the light on others and enjoyed watching her children and grandchildren succeed, taking pride in their accomplishments.
Penny knitted and crocheted her love into many warm afghans, sweaters, and mittens. She loved family picnics and holiday get-togethers, especially when all of her children could be present. A visit to Penny’s home often meant listening to instrumental music, smelling home-baked cookies, working a jigsaw puzzle and hearing about her latest trip, often taken with one of her children. A great end to the day was sitting on the deck looking at her roses and watching the sunset.
Penny was blessed with many good friends including her high school greenies and college sorority sisters. She and Jack had many close friends raising families at the same time and bringing together whole families as friends. She had strong faith and was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic community and later St. Helena Cathedral parish.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 41 years, Jack B. Moore, parents Water and Matilda McManus and brothers Jack McManus and Jim McManus.
Penny is survived by her eight children and their spouses: Joe Moore, Elliston; Louise Moore (Hal Aasen), Helena; Tim Moore (Liz), Helena; Dan Moore (Lori) Helena; Sue Moore (Pete Stabio), Polson, Nancy Rossmiller (Dana), Sand Coulee, Maureen Moore, Spokane; and Mary Kay Linke (Craig), Helena; her sister: Peggy Schlichting, California; sister-in-law Betty Stav (Bud) Deer Lodge,and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Vigil service is scheduled at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3 at Anderson Stevenson Wilde Funeral Home. Mass will be at noon Thursday, Nov. 4, from the Cathedral of St. Helena with internment at 3 p.m. at Resurrection Cemetery.
Memorials can be made to God’s Love, St. Helena Cathedral, or an organization of the donor’s choice.