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Born: Jan 23, 1910

Date of Passing: Aug 17, 2000

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ADELE MARY MOORE Adele Mary Moore, Winnipeg housewife, mother, writer and dog breeder, died in her sleep August 17, 2000 at Middlechurch Home. She was 90. Born January 23, 1910 in a house on Alfred Avenue in Winnipeg, Mary Moore was the daughter of Dr. Ernest Samuel Rutherford Moorhead and Elizabeth Maude Martha Ruckley, both of whom came to Canada from Ireland. She was educated at Rupertsland in Winnipeg and at St. Helens Northwood in England, and in 1937 married Harold Patrick Henry Moore of Winnipeg, who spent most of his working years at the Great-West Life Assurance Co. They had two sons, Michael who works for The Globe and Mail in Toronto, and Terence who works for The Free Press in Winnipeg. Mary was always an avid reader and writer and for four decades was a member of the Three OClock Club (now The Book Club), a club for women who wanted to study and prepare papers on the heavyweights of literature. She wrote essays and short stories, mostly for Western Canadian publications, and was a stalwart of the Manitoba literary and poetry societies and a member of the Writers Union of Canada. Mary raised Norwegian Elkhounds from the late 1950s until the late 1980s, and many of the elkhounds on the Prairies are descended from her breeding stock. She was also a staunch supporter of the symphony, the art gallery, the ballet, the Humane Society and other civic and community organizations. Harold and Mary spent many happy summers at a family cottage near Minaki, ON, where Mary like to bake blueberry pies, listen to the bird calls and watch the moon rise over the lake. After 56 years of marriage, Harold died in 1994, and Mary always said: "He was a wonderful man." Mary leaves her older sister, Norah Hamilton Moorhead, of Tisbury, England; her twin brother, Ernest John (Jack) Moorhead, of Hanover, New Hampshire; her son Michael of Toronto, his wife Jane, grandchildren Alexander (and his son Samuel), Megan (and her husband Jonathan Richards) and Oliver; and her son Terence of Winnipeg and his wife Violeta. A younger brother, Peter Roe Moorhead, died in 1923. Her funeral will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, August 21 at Thomson Funeral Chapels, 669 Broadway. Interment at Brookside Cemetery will follow.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 18, 2000

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