October 3, 1932 – September 23, 2019
Elizabeth Mary “Bette” (O’ Donnell) Moore, 86, of Waynesboro, Virginia passed away on Monday, September 23, 2019 at Shenandoah Nursing Home in Fishersville, Virginia, after losing a brave battle with Parkinson Disease. She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 3, 1932, daughter of the late Joseph Anthony and Ada Marie (Conway) O’Donnell. Bette attended Little Flower High School in Philadelphia and valued being a Girl Scout. Bette enjoyed sharing that her first job was at Pennsylvania Hospital, the oldest public hospital in the country. Bette also worked at the Navy Research Lab in Washington D.C. and met James “Jim” Willard Moore at a USO dance. They were married on October 9, 1954 at Saint Ann of the Pines Catholic Church in Browns Mills, New Jersey sharing 58 years of marriage. Bette and Jim moved to Ohio where they raised their daughters. Bette earned her Bachelor’s in education at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Later she worked as a secretary for the Ohio Department of Education. They moved to Virginia in 2004 to be closer to their children and grandchildren. Bette was an advocate of women’s rights holding several positions with the National Organization for Women (NOW) and the American Association of University Women (AAUW). For years, she traveled across the country to support women’s causes. She also supported animal rights, and nature conservancy groups including the World Wide Fund for Nature, National Audubon Society, and others. She was a long-time supporter of Smile Train, continuing to help those less fortunate throughout her life. She was an avid reader and life-long learner, maintaining memberships with NPR and PBS. Her hobbies included growing herbs, studying history and genealogy, and speaking French. She also enjoyed the long-lost art of letter writing appreciating every letter she received from the USPS. In addition to her parents, Bette was preceded in death by her husband, Jim and her six siblings. Left to cherish her memory are her two daughters, Rosemarie Franz and husband, Stephen of Fishersville, VA, Erica Moore and husband, Leonard Queiroz of Frederick, Maryland; five grandchildren, Nicholas Franz and his fiance, Laura Patten, Logan Franz, Katherine Franz, Alexander Queiroz, and Zachary Queiroz; numerous beloved nieces and nephews; extended family and dear friends. Bette also leaves behind her dear cat, Ceili. She will be greatly missed by many. A private family observance will be held at a later date at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman, OH, where Bette will be reunited with her husband. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Bette’s memory to the National Organization for Women. The family wishes to express a heartfelt thank you to the staff at Shenandoah Nursing Home and the staff with Legacy Hospice for their loving care of Bette and her family. Arrangements entrusted to the Waynesboro Chapel of Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Homes. Those wishing may share a memory or an online condolence by visiting www.reynoldshamrickfuneralhomes.com.
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October 5, 2019
Dear Erica, Rose and families, You all know how I feel about Bette and how much the world got a little less happy when she left us. She was a huge part of my life and I will treasure the years I knew her. Many of us think of things that we should do to make the world a better place. Bette actually made us do them. We went to marches, legislative hearings and countless meetings in an effort to promote women's rights, equality and a better life for those who followed. Columbus, Cleveland, Port Clinton, Washington. So much fun. Lots of learning and laughter. Love you Bette. Godspeed.
September 29, 2019
I’m so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. We never met but developed a Facebook friendship because we both grew up in Bridesburg. She was always curious and wanted to stay up-to-date on the happenings there. We would discuss our cats and dogs. My deepest condolences to Bette’s family.
September 29, 2019
My first memory of my aunt Bette was when our family stopped in Ohio to visit my mom’s sister (Bette) and her family. We were traveling from Alaska to Massachusetts. I remember meeting my aunt and thinking, “What a fun person she is!”, because she taught us games. Games I remember to this day, because they were so much fun to play. And even I, at 7 years old, could play them :-). She was a wonderful aunt! I loved her from that day on. I miss her voice on the phone, telling me stories about my mom.
September 28, 2019
Dear family of Bette Moore, I hope you realize how many lives your Bette touched in her lifetime. She genuinely was an educated, caring and fun-loving person. I always smile every time I take Communion because of the incite she shared with me about religious symbols. Bette deeply felt the pain of others, and also rejoiced in their happy times. She was truly a treasure beyond measure! Bette will never be erased from my memory book.
Au revoir mon amie!
September 28, 2019
Dearest Bette, for all you passionately believed in, worked so hard for and did it all with that beautiful smile and sense if humor, I looked up to you. The world needs more like you and I will strive to be one because of your example. Miss you forever ...
September 28, 2019
Bette will certainly be missed - so glad I got to know her the past few years as we enjoyed happy evenings on the deck! I enjoyed reading her obituary and learning even more wonderful things about her life and accomplishments. Much love to all xo