Effaemia Gertrude Moore

September 28, 1904 - February 17, 2008 

Effaemia Gertrude Moore

September 28, 1904 - February 17, 2008 

Obituary for Effaemia Gertrude Moore

MOORE - Effaemia (Effie) Gertrude of Christopher Lake passed away peacefully and with dignity at 7:35 a.m., Sunday, February 17th at the Victoria Hospital. Effie, or Gay, as she was affectionately known by friends and family, had been hospitalised eight weeks due to a fractured hip. She was 103 years old. Born in Austin, MB, September 28th, 1904 to John (Jack) Cuthbert and Agnes Beatrice Robertson, she was the eldest of five children. “Papa” was a travelling salesman and Effie grew up in the bustling city of Winnipeg during the days of the Charleston. It was a happy home and one filled with laughter. Effie met the man she was to marry, California-born George Washington (Dinty) Moore. when she was just 12 years old, and thought him to be crazy when he told her he was going to come back from the war and marry her. Eight years her senior, they married in 1924, moving to Los Angeles, and three sons followed; Arnold in 1926, George in 1928, and Gerald in 1931. In 1932 they left city lights and life far behind and homesteaded at Christopher Lake, Effie’s home for 75 years. Until her passing, she continued to live seven or eight months a year at Christopher Lake. While Dinty cleared their land by way of an ox and sweat of brow, hunted for plentiful game and fowl, and worked full time. Effie scrubbed their bare board floor, tended to her sons and to an enormous garden, and canned scads of moose, bear and prairie chicken. A city girl for 28 years, Effie adapted well to the harsh lifestyle, but it did take its toll on her, as she suffered two miscarriages before giving birth to her daughter Sharon in 1939, who died in Effie’s arm Christmas Eve of 2003. Effie was widowed in 1964, but continued to run their summer business, a small restaurant and concession store at Doran Park Beach. Until she was 100, spring and summer would find Effie in her garden at least eight hours a day, planting, weeding, and tending her many flower beds. When her “bad knee” forced retirement from physically working in the dirt, she could still be found pickling, making jams, jellies, and freezing and canning the garden’s bountiful harvest, working alongside her granddaughter, Wanda Carter, who lived with her there. Fiercely independent, Effie continued to spend the winter months in her own apartment experimenting with new recipes, doing her own weekly shopping with friend and upstairs neighbour Donna Haynee. At 103, Effie was predeceased by many family and friends too numerous to mention. Amazingly, her 102 year old brother Morris Cuthbert is still in good health and visited her just last summer. Her three sons are still living: Arnold Moore (Amelia) live in Prince Albert, George (Georgina) Moore, reside in Coos Bay, Oregon, but always annually return home, Gerald (Gail) Moore live in Tuscon, Arizona and make regular visits home, as well. Effie had 15 grandchildren, near 30 great grandchildren, and near 50 great-great grandchildren. A prayer service and celebration of life will take place at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, February 24, 2008. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, February 25, 2008. Both services will be held at Gray’s Funeral Chapel, 575 " 28th Street West. Interment will take place in the summer at Christopher Lake Cemetery at a time later to be determined. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.grays.ca. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Gray’s Funeral Chapel, Marianne Turcotte, Funeral Director.

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