Oct. 1, 1913-May 12, 2012 MELBOURNE BEACH, Fla. – Kathryn “Kay” Moore passed peacefully Saturday, May 12, 2012, at age 98. She is survived by her four children, Michael Moore, Patricia Kempffer, Colleen Moore and Laurel (Duane) Swenson. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Jeffrey and Jeremy Kempffer and Eric and Carl Swenson.
Heartfelt thanks for the compassionate care provided by VITAS. Services will be held privately by the family.
Kathryn was born in the Bitterroot Valley in southwestern Montana in 1913. She received her bachelor’s degree in 1933, at the age of 20, from the University of Montana. She taught at local schools in Montana for a period and married Eugene Huntley when he was in medical school at the University of Southern California. The marriage lasted five years.
When she divorced, her father suggested she return to college. Kay earned her master’s degree from Cal State while working at McDonnell Douglas. In 1951, she married Larry Moore and a whole life began. Larry worked for Esso as a chief marine engineer, mostly overseas. Through their long married life, they lived in Singapore, Holland, Japan, California and Connecticut. Larry retired in 1969 and they moved to Melbourne Beach. Her love of the Orient, its art and furnishings were proudly displayed in their home.
Kathryn was a charter member of Eau Gallie Yacht Club and president of the Women’s Bridge Club for over 30 years. Thursday was always her special bridge day with the “girls.” Kay continued to travel and especially loved cruising. Up until the end Kay was known for her wit and style. All in all, it was a life well-lived. Bon voyage.