Mar­garet Ellen Moores passes at 108

Rushoon na­tive was old­est liv­ing per­son in the prov­ince

The Southern Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - BY PAUL HER­RIDGE THE SOUTH­ERN GAZETTE Paul Her­ridge Photo

Rushoon na­tive Mar­garet Ellen Moores passed away Apr. 19 at the age of 108.

Known af­fec­tion­ately as Aunt Mag­gie, she was the old­est liv­ing res­i­dent of New­found­land and Labrador when she died.

Born on Nov. 5, 1905, Mrs. Moores had lived with her daugh­ter and sonin-law – Marie and Patrick Cheese­man – at their Rushoon home for the last 23 years.

When she was 17, Mrs. Moores moved to St. John’s and spent two years work­ing there. She re­turned and mar­ried Arch Moores, a fish­er­man. To­gether, the cou­ple had four daugh­ters, one who died as an in­fant. Mrs. Moores also out­lived her two other daugh­ters – Rose Ste­wart and Carmel Ste­wart.

An ac­tive vol­un­teer in Rushoon in her younger years, she taught night school in the com­mu­nity at one time.

Rushoon Mayor Jill Mul­rooney said Mrs. Moores was loved by ev­ery­one in the com­mu­nity.

“She en­joyed hav­ing vis­its from ev­ery­body, and she was al­ways ask­ing about ev­ery­body,” she noted. “She had her senses about her right up un­til she died.”

Ms. Mul­rooney ac­knowl­edged Mrs. Moores was a very faith­ful woman and said, in a way, it was al­most fit­ting that she passed away dur­ing Easter.

She said Mrs. Moores would joke that God had for­got­ten about her.

Ran­dom-Burin-St. Ge­orge’s MP Judy Foote was also among those re­mem­ber­ing Mrs. Moores last week in the wake of her pass­ing.

“I had the priv­i­lege of giv­ing a state­ment in the House of Commons ac­knowl­edg­ing her grand old age and let­ting ev­ery­one know what a re­mark­able woman she was,” Ms. Foote said in a news re­lease, also call­ing the Cen­te­nar­ian a “gen­tle soul with a great sense of hu­mour.”

Af­ter she was elected as the rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Ran­dom-Burin-St. Ge­orge’s, Ms. Foote said she made a point of vis­it­ing Mrs. Moores when­ever pos­si­ble to cel­e­brate her birth­day and was al­ways amazed by her rec­ol­lec­tion of events.

“This is a woman who was work­ing in St. John’s and saw the first car when it ar­rived there. She wit­nessed the for­mal un­veil­ing of the Na­tional War Me­mo­rial in St. John’s on July 1, 1924, and she could re­call many de­tails of life in New­found­land, pre-Con­fed­er­a­tion.”

Mrs. Moores was also re­mark­able be­cause of her pos­i­tive at­ti­tude to­wards life, Mr. Foote said.

“She was in­cred­i­bly ac­tive, had a keen mind and mem­ory, and she al­ways saw the good in people.”

Pre­mier Tom Mar­shall is­sued a state­ment of­fer­ing con­do­lences on be­half of the prov­ince last week as well.

“At 108, Mrs. Moores was our old­est res­i­dent and a trea­sure of knowl­edge and lo­cal his­tory for people on the Burin Penin­sula,” he said.

“To have at­tained such an age, sur- rounded by loved ones and a com­mu­nity of sup­port, is an ac­com­plish­ment few in the world achieve.”

Mrs. Moores, who had 12 grand­chil­dren, 19 great-grand­chil­dren and three great-great-grand­chil­dren, was buried at Christ the King Ro­man Catholic Cemetary in Rushoon fol­low­ing fu­neral ser­vices Wed­nes­day.

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Rushoon na­tive Mar­garet Ellen Moores passed away Apr. 19 at the age of 108. Aunt Mag­gie, as she was known, spoke to The South­ern Gazette for a story about Christ­mases when she was grow­ing up in 2011 and is pic­tured with a doll she re­ceived as a gift...

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