Simone Celene Moore, 85, formerly of La Grande, died Aug. 4, 2008, at a Baker City care center.
The rosary was recited Thursday at Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center in La Grande. There was a Celebration of Life service at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Committal and interment was afterward at Mount Hope Cemetery in Baker City.
Mrs. Moore was born on Aug. 24, 1922, at Baker City to Camiel and Germaine Corteville DeBel, Belgium immigrants. At the age of 7, she learned to play the violin. She was educated in Baker and from fifth grade until graduation she played in the Cecilian Quartet at St. Francis Academy.
On April 5, 1942, she married James Kelly Moore at Baker City. They moved to La Grande and in 1947 she began playing the viola with the Grande Ronde Symphony. She played with the symphony for 51 years until health forced her to stop.
She was an active member of Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church and the Elks Emblem Club while living in La Grande. She obtained a teaching certificate from Eastern Oregon University and was a substitute teacher in the La Grande area for several years.
She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed crafts, china painting, painting with watercolors, mushrooming and picking huckleberries. She was an avid reader and especially loved historical novels about early America.
Survivors include her daughter, Monique Hendrix of Halfway; grandchildren, Jennifer Hendrix of Aiken, S.C., and Michael Hendrix of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years; her parents; and her son-in-law, Jim Hendrix.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Grande Ronde Symphony Orchestra or Pathway Hospice.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, August 15, 2008
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor