Patricia (Patty) Rose Moore died peacefully March 25, 2017, in The Dalles, Ore., at the age of 89. Patty was born the youngest of four children to Giles and Lela (Barnum) French in The Dalles, on Sept. 6, 1927.
In 1931 the French family moved from Grass Valley, Ore., to Moro, Ore., where Giles and Lela ran the Sherman County Journal Newspaper. Patty became an important cog in that operation, publishing the newspaper when Giles and Lela were at the state legislature.
Patty attended grade school and high school in Moro, graduating in 1945. She continued her education at the University of Oregon.
In 1947, Patty married Roscoe Moore. They lived on a farm south of Moro raising their three children; Ernie, Jill and Chris. She lived there for 66 years. What started as a house in a wheat field, Patty and Roscoe transformed into a slice of paradise because of their hard work and creativity. There was no project she would not take on, whether it was designing and building a gazebo, creating a fish pond, putting in circulation ponds as well as planting trees, flowers and a vegetable garden. Patty also loved photography, rock hounding, sewing, being a Cub Scout Den Mother and painting.
Patty and Roscoe spent lots of time fishing on the Deschutes and traveling with family and friends. Many friends came up every year for pheasant and deer hunting, a tradition that is carried on today.
After Roscoe’s death in 1974, Patty continued traveling, volunteering at the Moro Library and at Maryhill Museum where she and her friend Phyllis were known as the “Merlot Sisters.” Patty loved her family and spent lots of time with her grandchildren, enjoying band concerts, sporting events, 4-H contests, picking wild flowers, gardening, many trips to Macks Canyon with a picnic lunch and just spending time together. One of her largest undertakings was the creation of the Sherman County Museum. Patty along with several historical society members spearheaded the project and made it what it is today. Her experience running the Sherman County Journal helped her through this process, especially with her researching, co-editing and writing many of the articles for “Sherman County: For the Record” which the museum publishes twice yearly.
Patty was preceded in death by her husband Roscoe; parents, Giles and Lela French; brother Clint (killed in a horse accident) and brother Wyman (killed in WWII). She is survived by sister Jane Frees; children ,Ernie, Jill and Chris (Patti); grandchildren Adam Lieuallen, Anna Alley, Clint and Ethan Moore and Brandy Sheehy; great-grandchildren Nevaeh Sheehy, Clyde and Zane Moore, and Amelia and Charlotte Alley.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 6, 2017, at 11 a.m. at Moro Presbyterian Church.
Donations may be made to Sherman County Historical Society, Heart of Hospice, or a charity of your choice.
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