Laura Mae (Smith) Moore was born in Big Horn, Wyo., on Oct. 3, 1914, and died in Hayden on Feb. 18, 2013, at age 98. Her parents were Daisy and Frank Smith. She and her siblings Hilan Smith, Edith Sandercook, Elton Smith and Maxine Norskog remained close friends until their deaths.
After Laura finished the eighth grade in Big Horn, a widow she called Grandma Peterson needed help, so she moved to Crosby, Wyo. She lived with Grandma Peterson until she graduated in 1933 from Gebo Wyoming High School.
After graduation, she went to work cooking and cleaning at the Boyer’s Dude Ranch in Slater, Wyo. It was there she met Ed Moore, who was one of the ranch hands. Ed and Laura were married Oct. 14, 1934, in Crosby. They then moved to Mount Harris, where Ed began working at the coal mine. Their first son, Dick, was born in Hayden in 1935.
There wasn’t much work at the mine in the summertime as the coal was mostly used for heating in the winter, so they moved to San Diego, where Ed worked building Navy barracks. Their next son, Larry, was born there in 1941.
In 1943, they headed back to Colorado, where they took over the Moore homestead, which was established in 1904 north of Hayden. Ed and Laura worked side by side building the homestead into a producing ranch for the next 23 years. While living on the ranch, they had two daughters, Nancy in 1946 and Phyllis in 1948. In 1966, they sold the ranch and moved to Hayden, where Ed sold real estate and Laura cooked at the school. She became well-known for her homemade cinnamon rolls and other baked goods.
Laura was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great grandmother and an active member of the Hayden community. She was a 50-plus year member of Eastern Star as well as a longtime member of the Rebekah Lodge. She was active in the Republican Party, serving many years as a committee woman. She was a faithful member of the Hayden Congregational Church for more than 70 years. She headed up the Women’s Fellowship Quilting Club at the church for more than 20 years. During lean financial years for the church, the group helped pay bills by making and selling quilts to people across the U.S.
Along with all her other activities, Laura enjoyed cooking and baking, gardening, reading, raising flowers in her beautiful yard and quilting. She was an avid Denver Broncos fan and attended some games, refusing to leave even though they were losing and there was a freezing rain. Her connection with her family always was important to her.
She was preceded in death by her parents; all four siblings; her husband, Ed; and one grandson, Randy. She was survived by her four children, Dick (Phillis) Moore, of Boulder; Larry (Tony) Moore, of Craig; Nancy (Gene) Reinbold, of Grand Junction; and Phyllis (Jerry Booth) Moore, of Hayden. She has 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
A memorial service is at 11 a.m. March 2 at Hayden Congregational Church. Memorial donations can be made to the Hayden Congregational Church or the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice in care of Grant Mortuary.