Margaret Ellen Moores passes at 108
Rushoon native was oldest living person in the province
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.
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...