Bertha Helen Moore: 1918-2004

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Former Hayden resident Bertha Helen Moore passed away Oct. 30, 2004, at the Memorial Hospital in Craig after a short illness. She was 86.

Helen was born April 19, 1918. Her mother died during childbirth, and Helen was adopted by her aunt shortly thereafter. She was raised in Ashland, Kan., where she graduated from high school in 1936.

Helen married Wallace Moore on Aug. 12, 1937, in Ashland. They later moved to Hayden, where they worked on a ranch. The couple then moved to Oklahoma, where Helen worked on a farm in the summer and was a substitute teacher at a country school during the winter. Their sons, Jack and Francis, were born during their time in Oklahoma.

During the next several years the couple moved back and forth between Hayden and Oklahoma. They returned to Hayden in 1946, and Helen worked as a cook at the Miller-Martinson Hereford Cattle Ranch. She also taught 4-H classes for 13 years, was a Cub Scout leader for five years, cooked meals for the Hayden Lions Club, was the dietician at the Hayden hospital and was district chairwoman of the Oddfellows Rebekah Group for two years.

For four years Helen and Wallace ran the Hayden Inn, which was a boarding house for the miners in the area.

In 1958, Helen and Wallace moved to Craig and purchased a bowling alley. They owned and operated the alley until Wallace's death in 1978. After his death, Helen sold the alley and began her many years of service to the Craig community. She taught foods and cake decorating for 4-H for eight years, was a member of the Home Demonstration Club and served as its secretary for six years, served many years as area representative on the Area Council on Aging, was a chairwoman for AARP, and served on the museum board, fair board and retirement board.

Helen won blue ribbons at the county fair for foods, canning, gardening and flowers and won the senior award for volunteer work. She won the state of Colorado Care Centennial Award for her 24 years of volunteer service and was a guest of Gov. Bill Owens at the luncheon where she received the award. In March 2003 she was honored by the Moffat County Republican Party for her volunteer service.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers; her husband, Wallace; and a son, Francis.

She is survived by her son Jack and his wife, Darlene, of Ely, Nev.; six grandchildren, Shane, Brian and Carl Moore of Craig, Tammy Meeske and her husband, Greg, of Colorado Springs, Jack Moore Jr. of Grand Junction and Randall Baum of Denver; and numerous great-grandchildren.

Services were held Nov. 3, 2004, at the Grant Mortuary Chapel in Craig. Interment was at Craig Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made in Helen's memory to the Area Council on Aging in care of Grant Mortuary, 621 Yampa Ave., Craig, CO 81625. The donations will be used for services provided in Moffat County.

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