Loosed once and for all from her mortal binds, Patricia Eleanor Moore (Paine), 83, passed peacefully on to her greater reward on Saturday, May 20, at her home on Locust Drive in Peru, ensconced in the loving care of her family.
Mama Moore was born on Monday, March 5, 1934, 13 miles north of the Mason-Dixon Line in Chambersburg, Pa., the only child of Daphne Lucile (Mirth) and Kenneth Everett Paine. Raised in West Springfield, Mass., she attended the University of Connecticut where she studied Physical Therapy and was a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority.
In 1956, Patty began a rewarding career in Physical Therapy at New York State Rehabilitation Hospital (now called the Helen Hayes Hospital) in West Haverstraw, N.Y. During this time, while on a ski trip to Quebec with friends, she had a serendipitous encounter with a handsome skier who hailed from the North Country. Sparks flew and on June 21, 1958, she was married to that same handsome skier, Robert J. Moore, a Whiteface Mt. ski instructor and teacher in the Saranac Lake School system. Upon her relocation to the Adirondacks, she found employment at the Tri-Lakes Rural Rehab clinic in Saranac Lake, N.Y.
In 1959, they welcomed a son, Michael Jon, to the fold. In 1961, a second son, Christopher Kenneth, was born and later that year, The Queen found employment at the Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital, Plattsburgh, N.Y., in the Physical Therapy Department. The growing family then relocated to Peru, N.Y., where in 1967, a third son, R.J. Moore II, arrived on the scene.
During the years that followed, Patty continued her employment with CVPH and her husband operated a successful ski and sport business in Keeseville, N.Y. In 1971, the family welcomed a daughter, Shannon Kathleen, to the mix. In 1975, Pat and Bob were divorced, but the family remained very close from then on.
In addition to working full-time at CVPH, in 1976, Pat began volunteering at the Northern New York Chapter of The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, where she eventually became Chairman. Starting in 1979, Pat also worked as a part-time Physical Therapy consultant for both the Clinton County Nursing Home in Plattsburgh and Cedar Hedge Nursing Home in Rouses Point. In 1981, she retired from CVPH as Department Head of the Physical Therapy and EKG/EEG department. She then spent the next 15 years as a Physical Therapist for the Clinton County Health Department, traveling the highways and byways of the North Country to patient's homes, assisting them in their recuperation.
Theodore Roosevelt once said that "Far and away the best prize that life offers, is the chance to work hard at work worth doing." A fierce believer in full commitment to one's goals, Patricia embodied this notion. And so it was, after 40 years of helping countless people of the North Country overcome their physical challenges, Patty retired in 1996. Earning the respect and love of so many of her past colleagues, patients and friends alike, it was truly inspiring for us her children to witness firsthand how she kept tabs on them to make sure they were abiding by her precedent and how many would continue to reach out to her over the years, giving thanks for helping them through their particular hardships.
Ambivalent about nothing, and at the same time possessed of a truly wonderful sense of humor, Patricia achieved her success in life by applying a highly effective one-two punch of genuine love and concern, paired with a formidable force of will and character. One always knew precisely where they stood with her, as she was a fiery soul who had little patience for those that didn't share her perspective or commitment. This manifested itself in the very nature of her chosen profession. With a legendary work ethic, she didn't tolerate anyone giving anything less than 100% in their efforts. Devoted fully to her family, both immediate and extended, having her in your corner meant you could forever count on her unwavering support, her love and humor and if any dared to mess with you, her fabled ire.
Her grandchildren, Nicholas Christopher (Christopher and Andrea Moore), Paige Patricia (Michael and Teri Moore) and Avery Faith (R.J. and Maria Moore) were special sources of joy for Mother Moore. She exulted in supporting their every challenge, success and joy in life and was an animated and highly vocal member of their respective cheering sections all through life.
Pat was also very fond of animals and unofficially ran the Pat Moore Home For Wayward Pets, sometimes absorbing neighbor's wandering animals into her household with her unparalleled affection for all of God's creatures. Certainly anyone living in the Peru area remembers a larger-than-life Newfoundland, Nicodemus, who held sway over great swaths of territory. Many cats and dogs followed, and all were as unique and spirited as their Den Mother.
Gardening was also one of The Queen's many talents. Her yard and gardens were the envy of many and her encyclopedic knowledge of the care and cultivation of all manner of plants was borne of her father's career spent in agriculture.
Mama Moore's kitchen was a great place to be growing up. Her goulash and chocolate birthday cake could erase an entire month of misfortune and her kale soup made her favorite place on earth, Cape Cod, a warm place of refuge even on the cold, wet days of spring and fall.
Trish will be remembered for her infectious laugh, indomitable spirit and drive and love for people. Her Never Say Die attitude and Joie De Vivre are what defined her luminescent persona; her warmth, love and support are what defined her family.
In life, she was predeceased by a daughter, Kimberly Mirth, who died at birth; her ex-husband, Robert J. Moore I and his second wife, Kathryn Moore.
In death, Patricia Eleanor Moore is survived by her children, grand-children, relatives and the rest of us lucky souls who know and love her as the True Matriarch she was and always will be.
Memorial services are to be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 10, at The Peru Community Church, Peru, N.Y. Burial will follow at God's Acre Cemetery, Peru, located at the corner of Holden Avenue and Maiden Lane. A gathering will be held following the burial at the Moore family home, located across the street from the cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in the name of Patricia E. Moore to the Elmore SPCA Animal Shelter (Peru, NY), Hospice of the North Country or The National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Arrangements are in the care of the Hamilton Funeral Home, 294 Mannix Road, Peru, 643-9055. To offer an online condolence, share a symbolic gesture, or share a photo in memory of Pat please visit www.hamiltonfuneralhome.com
Published on May 30, 2017