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Long-time Kitsap County deputy treasurer passes at age 100

Port Orchard Independent Editor
June 28, 2013 · Updated 9:21 AM

Emma Moore served as the deputy treasure for more than 25 years in Kitsap County. / Courtesy Photo

A memorial service for a former Kitsap County deputy treasurer is set for Saturday, June 29, at the Rill Chapel's Life Tribute Center.

Emma Ruby Moore, 100, died June 14. Services will begin at 11 a.m.

Moore served in county government from 1943 to 1971.

State Rep. Jan Angel said Moore was close family friend. She received news about Moore’s passing during the State Legislature’s special session in Olympia last week.

“Emma has been like a grandmother to me,” Angel said. “She was such a super lady and a ‘sparky’ gal.”

Angel said her twin granddaughters’ middle names come from Moore and her twin sister.

Angel said during the dedication of the county’s new administrative building in 2006 that she and Moore toured the new facility and the treasurer’s office.

“She was amazed at the changes and the automation,” Angel said. “She told us she kept everything written in great big ledgers. We sat down with people from the treasurer’s department and she shared with them how she used to do their work with everything done manually.”

Angel said Moore was in good health until last year when she suffered from a fall.

“She was traveling and doing great,” said Angel.

During Moore’s tenure in the treasurer’s office, Angel said it was uncommon for women to be in county government. Angel, Patty Lent and Chris Endresen are the only women to serve as board of commissioners for the county in the state’s history. Angel left the board in 2008.

Moore was born Jan. 11, 1913, in Hardisty, Alberta, Canada to Mads and Kirstina Madsen. The family come to the U.S. in 1917 and eventually settled in Washington.

Moore and her twin sister, Pearl, graduated as co-valedictorians from Morton High School in 1931. She married Paul V. Hanson in 1932 and traveled with her Navy husband until his death during World War II.

In 1945, she married Thomas E. Moore and lived in Bremerton until the couple moved to Port Orchard in 1966.

After retiring from the county, Moore and her husband traveled throughout the U.S. in their RV. She was an avid gardener and charter member of the Long Lake Garden Club.

Moore is survived by her step-children, Jeanne Gill (John) of Shelton and Thomas W. Moore, Jr. of Bremerton, four generations of grandchildren, and  nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donation may be directed to any animal rescue organization in Moore’s name.


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