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Jacqueline June Moore

July 7, 1924 January 30, 2024
Jacqueline June Moore
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Jacqueline June Moore 7 July 1924 – 30 January 2024

There was once a place where kids ruled, where it seemed that the sun always shone, the air was filled with laughter and excitement, friends were welcome and every moment was an opportunity for yet another joyful experience and adventure. There was a pool with a slide, a simple wooden swing hung from the high bow of a tree, there were cookies, and treats, cats, movies to watch, bikes to ride and, if you were a child, people to dote on you and fulfill your every wish. This was Gran & Gramps' place in Gettysburg, PA, then Gran's place after Gramps' passing in 1999. 'Gran' was Jacqueline Moore, 'Jackie', as her friends knew her was a woman of remarkable talent and energy but to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Gran was a rock star. Anyone who visited Gran's house felt at home and welcome. She recognized the value of active engagement in a child's life and often fondly recalled her childhood summers spent at her mother's family home in Wapwallopen, PA, a remote setting in the Pocono mountains without modern conveniences – no electricity or plumbing, only an outhouse and water drawn by bucket from a hand-dug well. There, along with her sister and her younger cousins she was the ring-leader of their small band, embarking on (sometimes dicey) adventures over the rural landscape.

Born Jacqueline June Kistler in Hazleton, PA on 7 July 1924, her father was superintendent in the coal mines and her mother, a teacher. Early in life she displayed a strong independent nature (with a bit of a mischievous streak), and a love of art, literature and the theater. She performed as a child actor in local productions and in her teen years performed in tap dancing and roller skating Vaudeville acts between features at the movie theaters. Always an astute student, she graduated from Hazleton High School with high honors in 1941 and then, graduated a year ahead of her class from Penn State College, majoring in French and Literature, minoring in Math and Spanish. After college she relocated to Washington, D.C. working in support of the war effort for the Government Printing Office. In 1948 the ground-breaking Kinsey Report was published. It was a milestone accomplishment on the examination of human sexuality in post-war America. It shocked the nation – Jacqueline was an editor of that publication.

After meeting on a blind date (surreptitiously arranged by her future mother-in-law) she married Donald Moore in 1949. Much of her early married life was spent in Harrisburg, PA where her husband, Donald worked for the State. In 1963 she moved with her family to the Washington suburbs of Silver Spring, MD when her husband took a job with the Federal Government. In Silver Spring she developed many close relationships while focusing primarily on raising her four children into adulthood. In 1979 after Donald retired she bid a sad farewell to her close circle of Maryland friends as they made their final move to the Gettysburg, PA area. Here she worked to establish a new life and make new friends. She engaged in a number of community services including substitute teaching, volunteering for the library and working at the Thrift Shop. In 1980 and 1990 she worked as an enumerator for the Census, knocking on doors and interviewing local residents (some of whom responded in a most unfriendly manor). It did not deter her.

Throughout her life, Jacqueline loved her family most, always keeping abreast of the ups and downs of all the family members, encouraging and helping in any way she could. She always maintained a healthy lifestyle and a zest for life. As an early riser she regularly attended morning exercise classes at the 'Y' and would occasionally go jogging even into her 80's. She loved the beach, amusement parks (especially with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren in tow), loved to swim, play Bridge, was an avid reader and an excellent cook who made the best meatloaf, chicken pot-pie and the most delicious cherry pie (her mother's family recipe). Her Christmas cookies were also family favorites. She was defined by her signature wry sense of humor, her intelligent, thoughtful reflections and unprejudiced opinions, her clear insight and her open minded acceptance and compassion of those that others may have shunned. There was always kindness to spare for those in need of kindness and she felt the unfairness of those who were dealt a lesser hand in life.

On 30 January 2024 at the age of 99 years and in the presence of her family she died peacefully at The Brethren Home. She was fully engaged with her friends and family up until the last days and missed her goal of reaching 100 years by only five months. Predeceased by her parents, William and Meta Kistler, her husband, Donald Moore, Sr., her younger sister, Shirley Herwig and her daughter-in-law, Susan Moore, she is survived by her four children, Donald Moore, Jr. (Wendy Schlegel), Elizabeth Moses (John Moses), Jacqueline Moore (Paul Funke), and Christopher Moore (Susan Moore, deceased). She is also survived by her seven grandchildren: Colleen Burton, John F. Moses, Carolyn Hollingsworth, Colleen Moses, Kenneth Moses, Nicholas Ward, Christopher Matthew Moore and 10 great-grandchildren all of whom loved and adored her. She lives lovingly in the memory of all of us who knew her and will forever serve as an inspiration and an example of a life well lived. We miss you Mom. Thanks for everything.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, 10 February, 2:30 PM at Monahan's Funeral Home, 125 Carlisle St., Gettysburg, PA 17325. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Lutheran World Relief Organization at or to the Adams County Library at (717) 334-5716.

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2:30 PM 2/10/2024 2:30:00 PM
Monahan Funeral Home

125 Carlisle Street
Gettysburg, PA 17325

Monahan Funeral Home
125 Carlisle Street Gettysburg 17325 PA
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