In memory of

Penny Moore

July 18, 1926 – October 30, 2010

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.


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  1. Becky, John and Lucas Babb says:

    Dear Kat,Ben,Timothy,Kassie,Thomas
    Tim and Liz, Shawn and the entire Moore Family

    We send our deepest sympathy to you. We know how difficult it is to lose someone so dear and loved. May God bless you with many wonderful memories of your grandmother and mom. I remember meeting her while I was visiting for Kat and Ben’s wedding. She was so welcoming, treating me as if she’d known me all my life. I still remember making the favors for the wedding at her home. It’s one of my favorite memories. We will be thinking of all of you and keeping you in our prayers. We hope it comforts you to remember, she is with your grandfather/father sharing with him all the wonderful and exciting things he has missed out on. May God bless you and keep you always. With all our love.

  2. Teresa Whitney says:

    Maureen and the rest of your family – I am so sorry to hear about your Mom. She was a wonderful lady and I have many happy recollections of her from our high school days. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May all the good memories comfort you.

  3. Trudy Bridenstine Cady says:

    From the Bridenstines to the Moore family – we are so sorry for your loss. No doubt Penny was a wonderful woman, mom and friend. Mom wanted so much to be able to get together but 600 miles separated them. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  4. Myrlin & Joanne Schatz says:

    Dan and Family
    We are sorry for your loss.

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