Ruby Ruth Moore

WALLA WALLA — Ocean Park resident Ruby Ruth Moore, died Nov. 10, 2014, at the Washington Odd Fellows Home in Walla Walla, Wash., of complications from a recent stroke. The only child of Allen and Mollie DuFour, Ruby was born in Tacoma, Wash., on Feb. 15, 1925. She graduated from historic Stadium High School in Tacoma.

Ruby was outgoing and enjoyed socializing with friends, of which she had many. She was a member of the Elks, Eagles and the Ocean Park Moose Club. As such she enjoyed Eagles’ breakfasts, Moose races and burgers, and bingo at the Elks. She was also a member of the Red Hat Society, whose friendship she valued greatly. To the end, her room at Odd Fellows contained pins, hats and pictures of her Red Hat Affiliation.

Earlier in her life Ruby raised Arabian horses and she often rode in full dress in parades. She had a phenomenal singing voice and enjoyed acting. She won an award for her role as Ado Annie in Oklahoma, while she and her husband Dick were stationed in Arizona. Around the age of 60, Ruby joined the Undecided Tappers, a group of similarly-aged people who wanted to tap dance for fun. She continued playing bingo while at the Odd Fellows as well as dancing, attending several western hoe-downs, even while confined to her wheelchair.

Before his death in 2013, Ruby and Dick celebrated 50 years of marriage. Ruby is survived by daughter Anne Byron (John), three grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. She was cared for by a loving and nurturing staff at the Odd Fellows Home to the end of her life.

Memorials may be sent to the South Pacific County Humane Society in her name.

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