Audrey Elizabeth Moore

December 28, 1928December 12, 2018
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Audrey Elizabeth Moore, age 89, of Annandale, Virginia passed away on Wednesday December 12, 2018. The former Chairman of The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors from 1988 to 1991 and Annandale District Supervisor from 1972 to 1987 died peaceably at her home. She was a beloved mother of Douglas Bruce, Andrew Lee and Robert Campbell Moore, grandmother of Taylor, Robyn, Alyson and Christyna Moore, wife of the late Samuel V. Moore, and sister of Claire Taylor and Connie Watkins.

A Celebration of Life gathering will be held at Demaine Funeral Home, 5308 Backlick Rd. Springfield Va on Saturday, December 22, 2018. The Family will receive friends from 5pm to 8pm.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Audrey's memory may be made to Friends of Accotink Creek,

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Moore family.


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, December 22, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, December 22, 2018

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Steve Watkins

December 22, 2018

Front: Bud Wales(cousin), Claire, Betty(cousin), Connie
Back: Auntie Gretchen, Auntie Eva, Audrey

Steve Watkins

December 22, 2018

Thanksgiving 1966 when we were all together. Sorry it was a blurry picture.
Connie, Audrey, Bill, Sam, Robbie, Gayle, Dougie, Andy, me in the front

Steve Watkins

December 22, 2018

Thanksgiving 1966 when we were all together.
Connie, Grandma Campbell, Bill, your dad, Robbie, Gayle, Dougie, me, Andy

Steve Watkins

December 22, 2018

Thanksgiving 1966 when we were all together.

Steve Watkins

December 22, 2018

Andy, Robbie, and Dougie - I'm so sorry for your loss. I went through some photos and scanned a couple pictures of your mom. I thought you'd like to see them. I will be thinking of you during this difficult time. This was your mom when she was 7 1/2.

Merrily Pierce

December 22, 2018

I served as Chairman Moore’s legislative aide for transportation and then land use from 1987 to 1991. These were the two most contentious issues facing the county at the time and the reason for her landslide victory in 1987. It was a four-year roller-coaster as Audrey struggled to balance the goals of her colleagues on the Board, the voters who had elevated her to that office, and her own goals. Pushback from her opponents, the opposite party, and the development community continued unabated. Yet, despite opposition to her Chairmanship, the Board approved sweeping revisions of the County’s 1975 Comprehensive Plan, funded needed transportation improvements, and won a commercial and industrial zoning proposal that was fought all the way to the state supreme court. Audrey believed in and fought for orderly land use and transportation planning, meaningful protections for our environmental resources, and a robust public park network. Because she had the courage of her convictions during her years as civic advocate, Annandale Supervisor, and Board Chairman, she leaves a legacy that will continue to contribute to the high quality of life Fairfax County residents share today. Thank you, Audrey. May your soul rest in the peace it so richly deserves.

Tom Bahler

December 21, 2018

Audrey was very dear to us here in Fairfax County. She was an early ally of our local LGBT community, especially when those of us who were victims of hate crimes were routinely ignored/dismissed by the GOP members of the county Board of Supervisors. She often intervened on our behalf and helped us get assistance from FCPD in such matters when our then - Spring field District Supervisor would not help. Years after she retired, we would run into her at Home Depot and share a good story or laugh. She was truly one of a kind and was the right leader for the county for her time in office. May our prayers comfort you during this difficult time. Please know that she was, in the words of fellow Canadian Gordon Lightfoot, truly a "Rainy Day People" person!

Tom Bahler & Doug Rosson

William Watkins

December 21, 2018

I warmly remember visiting Aunt Audrey, Uncle Sam and my cousins. Their home in the Annandale countryside (well, it was back then) was an adventure playground for a young boy. Aunt Audrey made me feel like part of the family... even including me in the chores. :-) She was a gracious woman full of education, class, energy, talent, determination and even back then, a strong desire to serve others. Her community, our family and this back-then-boy, now-grown-man are better because of her. Thank you, Audrey.

Gayle Watkins

December 20, 2018

Robbie, Andy and Dougie, I am so very sorry to hear about your mom. It's been several years since I've seen her but I will always remember her fondly. She was such a strong woman, yet so kind to me while I was growing up. When I was a young teenager, I came to visit you all and your mom took me on a tour of the Capital and introduced me to my Congressman. At the time, I wasn't sure what it all meant but I've never forgotten it. Every time I saw Auntie Audrey, regardless of how long it had been, she was very supportive of my less-than-traditional career and education choices, encouraging me to follow my own path. May her memory be a blessing. Gayle

Sharon Bulova

December 20, 2018

Audrey offered me a job as her Staff Aide in 1984. I had gotten to know and admire her as we worked together while I served as Civic Association President of Kings Park West. On my first day in her office, she sent me to the Court House to watch the Occoquan Downzoning trial being argued. It was an amazing drama. We have Audrey to thank for making the environment an integral component in the County's land use policies.

She was a larger than life character, fearless about taking on powerful interests. The world is a better place thanks to Audrey Moore's contributions.


Audrey Elizabeth Campbell Moore was an environmentalist, citizen activist, community crusader, wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, daughter, democrat and devoted friend of Fairfax County, that lived her life to the fullest.

To her family, Audrey will be remembered as a woman before her time. She was intense, intelligent, driven and an outspoken crusader. A devoted and loving mother to Douglas Bruce, Andrew Lee and Robert Campbell Moore. A role model of a life filled with civic duty, service to others and love of her family to her four granddaughters, Taylor, Robyn, Alyson and Christyna. She truly had a life well lived and made a positive difference in the world. Her family is proud of the legacy she leaves behind.

Audrey was born in Maricaibo, Venezuela on December 28, 1928. The eldest daughter of William J. Campbell and his wife Eileen Turner. The Family moved to Westchester County, New York when Audrey was three. Audrey and her two sisters, Claire Taylor and Connie Watkins were raised in Larchmont, New York, a New York City suburb.

Audrey originally attended Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts. As the story goes, her father was concerned she was becoming a communist. It was Christmas break, 1948, and Audrey was sitting around a dinner table, explaining a few ideas she heard at school. Even at a young age, Audrey was not shy to express her political opinions. Little did Audrey know that was her last night as a student of Mount Holyoke College. The next day, her father made arrangements for her to be a sophomore at the University of New Hampshire. Audrey graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1950 with a Bachelor’s degree in economics.

Following her graduation, Audrey wanted to attend law school, but her father, believing that the world did not need one more lawyer, refused to pay the tuition. Audrey attended the Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School in Manhattan. She didn’t enjoy the school, however, the daily commute from Larchmont, New York left a lasting impression on her. She would look out the window of the train at the apartments on West 125th Street in Harlem and think, people shouldn't have to live like that. Audrey was 21 years old and exposed to poverty for the first time.
In 1950, Audrey moved to Washington, DC, and took a position as an administrative assistant to a Washington trademark specialist and lobbyist Anna Van Sickler. On a Sunday afternoon in 1954, Audrey met Samuel Moore on a hike in the Blue Ridge mountains. They were married October 22, 1955 and moved to Fairfax County in 1956.

Together they moved to a quaint Cape Cod- style house in a subdivision that had great big lots. Sam was one of those that just had to be outdoors all the time. Over the next five years Audrey and Sam had three sons, Robert, Andrew and Douglas. It was a great place to be raising boys. Audrey was a housewife and had her hands full taking care of her children.
In the early 1960’s Audrey gradually became aware that Fairfax County had very little preserved open public space, and that subdivisions were going up rapidly. Audrey had never been involved in anything civic or political. Her parents were strong Republicans growing up. She thought people that got involved with politics, were squares, and she certainly wasn’t going to be a square. However, she found herself getting upset about what she was seeing. One Sunday afternoon out on a family drive, she observed the new subdivisions going up and thought to herself, Fairfax County doesn’t seem to be doing anything about all the growth.

In the late 1960s, she discovered that the woman who helped her with their children and the housekeeping, lived in a Fairfax community where there was no indoor plumbing. It brought back memories of the poverty she'd glimpsed in Harlem on the train during her commute into the City. Her discomfort with being a have while there were have-nots simmered while she raised her three sons. She felt that her knowledge of the business world from her father somehow made it her duty to be its watchdog. As her children entered school and with John F. Kennedy's call for more equality and less poverty resonating within her, she decided to get involved.

An economics major, Audrey decided the best and most effective way to impact change was to have the facts and figures. She found herself studying planning maps, zoning laws and land-use regulations. She used the county planning office like others used the public library. She would do her homework and her sons would do theirs. The threat of destruction of her housekeeper’s neighborhood, one of the county's oldest black communities, inspired her to read and inquire more.

She discovered that the Fairfax Health Department, citing unsanitary conditions, was telling residents of Zion Drive neighborhood to move, even though county engineers were planning a new sewage system for that area. In addition, a realtor who knew about the sewer plans was trying to buy up Zion Drive (near what is now George Mason University) to turn a profit.
The injustice that she saw as a young woman of 21 and what she saw almost 20 years later resonated within her and she felt a need for change. Saint Audrey of Annandale was born. Audrey joined three civic associations; the Fairfax Federation of Citizen’s Association, the League of Women Voters, and the Northern Virginia Conservation Council. She also joined the Democratic Committee. Her plan was to get these groups to advocate in front of board about the issues the community was facing. If they all said something before that board, then it wasn’t just her saying it.

Sadly, it became clear to Audrey that the Fairfax County Board didn’t listen to the civic groups. She believed that there was only one thing to do, and that was to run for the Board of Supervisors herself. The year was 1971 and she was a woman running on a Water, Save the Trees, Stop the Growth Platform.
Audrey was outspoken and active in the Annandale community, and the Annandale Democratic committee supported her. She didn’t have the money a political campaign needed, and she wasn’t going to go ask developers for campaign contributions, which is what she was told to do. Audrey knew a little foot power would make a difference, so she went out and door knocked on every home in the Annandale District. Some High School students decided to help as well. They were making flats for a school play and made additional flats with big trees on them saying, vote Audrey Moore. Everybody thought they were the silliest things they had ever seen, but Audrey believed she received a lot of votes out of them. Audrey ran for office to change planning in the county and control the pattern of development.

She was elected and served four terms as the Annandale Supervisor. While Annandale supervisor from 1972 to 1986, she infuriated many, if not most, of the Republicans, and power brokers in Virginia's largest and most prosperous county. She called them liars, cheats and worse. One of the first things Audrey did after being elected to the nine-member board of supervisors was to help stop the Zion Drive evictions and speed plumbing for the area. With the same sense of mission in preserving Zion Drive, Audrey tackled the environmental issues with which she's most often associated- saving parks, blocking developments, preserving the water shed for the water supply, and arguing for more open space.

In 1988, at the age of 59, she was elected as the Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. The Stop-the-Growth politics won her a landslide victory over three-term Republican incumbent. At the time, Audrey had more constituents than five governors, the 10th largest school system in the United States and a $1.7 billion annual budget. In her first board meeting she called for a $150-million road bond referendum, the largest in Fairfax County history during that time. She worked like a bulldog to get the commuter rail Virginia Railway Express from Manassas and Fredericksburg to Union Station and welcomed the first train’s arrival in the Spring of 1992. Outspoken, obsessive, audacious- Audrey Moore.

When asked how Audrey would like her political years to be remembered, she noted two events: A law supported by the Virginia Supreme Court unanimously, in 1991, that said that if there is too much traffic, even though the zoning allows office development, you can’t develop the office unless you can figure out how to handle the traffic. The second, was for trying to get another system of land use instituted where there’s a more equitable way of regulating land use to ensure fair ways of treating property owners.

On May 4, 2002 the Wakefield Recreation Center was renamed to honor Audrey for all she had done for Fairfax County. The dedication meant the World to Audrey. In her own words, “I got to invite people and an awful lot of people came who were friends of mine. I had been out of office for quite a few years, so they didn’t have to come. And it was one of the nicest things that ever happened, and it was sort of like going to your own funeral, but you’re alive and you can enjoy it.”