Nelsen Williamsburg

3785 Strawberry Plains Rd., Williamsburg, VA


Catherine Brown Moore

October 14, 1949May 16, 2020

Catherine Brown Moore, 70, of Williamsburg, Virginia died Saturday, May 16, 2020. With the support of family, good friends and caring physicians, Cathy inspired many with her courageous battle against multiple myeloma and metastasized breast cancer by maintaining her positive, upbeat spirit through her final days.

Cathy was always passionate about helping people, in her personal life and career. Cathy worked as a special education teacher for students with disabilities. Cathy graduated from St. Edward's University in Austin, TX and continued her education at Texas Women’s College in Denton, TX and The College of William & Mary. Cathy worked for school systems, nonprofits, hospitals, and even ran a facility for children with disabilities and elderly women for the government of Bahrain while she lived there.

Cathy had many interests and talents. She loved to read, and was a member of many book clubs including, most recently, two virtual book clubs. Cathy was a member of many bridge groups and loved to play cards and other games of strategy and skill. She loved to knit and do needlework and even needlepointed each of her granddaughters an intricate Christmas stocking. She was always open-minded, and supported a variety of causes of those less fortunate.

Cathy was born in Irving Texas, the only child of Irving Lynn Brown and Catherine Fakes Brown. Cathy lived in many places, including Texas, Bahrain, London, Spain, and Williamsburg. No matter where Cathy lived, she made friends easily with her outgoing personality and her unique ability to talk to anyone. As a result, Cathy had friends around the world with whom she stayed in contact with. Cathy loved to talk to her friends and family, and her granddaughters said one of Mimi’s favorite things was talking with friends and family on the phone.

Cathy is survived by her husband William S. Moore (“Bill”) of Williamsburg, Virginia; two daughters, Michelle Moore and Brooke Grams (husband Rick M. Grams); and three granddaughters, Kennedy Erin Grams (13), Lily Noelle Grams (10) and Sylvia Helen Moore-Knauer (3) all of Baltimore, Maryland. Although an only child, Cathy considered Bill’s sister Mary Morse (Houston) as a true sister.

Cathy’s passion was her family and she loved spending time with her husband, daughters and granddaughters. Cathy and Bill travelled the world together, making memories in many different countries. She loved spending time with her family and never missed a chance to be with them. Her daughters and granddaughters all inherited her love of reading. They would often share books and recommendations with each other, no matter what their age differences.

Cathy was known for her ability to bring people together, and make everyone feel welcome. Her house and heart were always open to family and friends, old and new.

Due to the current health crisis, the family is planning to have a celebration of her life this fall.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the Arc of Greater Williamsburg, an organization which provides services to people with special needs. Online condolences may be shared at www.nelsenwilliamsburg.com.


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Kelly Kelly

May 26, 2020

Deepest condolences to Bill and Cathy's family! I got to know the Moores playing tennis socially at WM courts back when! I was new to Williamsburg and a new teacher as well. Cathy and Bill were always so friendly, kind and caring to me. I enjoyed getting to know them and hearing about their travels. Been praying for Cathy over the years as she was battling this illness. Again deep condolences to Bill and family!

Sally Maligas

May 21, 2020

Cathy and I first met in Jersey Village, Texas as neighbors, Babysitting co op, Bridge clubs (Party and Duplicate), Movies and again when we both ended up moving to this area of Virginia. We hadn't seen one another in recent years when Catherine's Obituary was posted on my F.B. page. Catherine was an Intelligent, Caring friend. My condolences to Bill, and Cathy's Precious daughters and Grandchildren. Sincerely, Sally M.

Sandy Arrington

May 20, 2020

Cathy was a wonderful person who cared about everybody. She was always so happy to see her friends, and I don't think she ever met a stranger. She will be missed by many. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

Sandy Arrington

Nancy Bolash

May 18, 2020

How could anyone not think the world of Cathy? Fun, funny and self effacing in her charming Texan accent. I will really miss hearing her voice, sharing her interests and celebrating everyday life. She leaves a big hole in Saturday morning coffee,, book club, and all outings we enjoyed together.


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