Alta Rose Moore

Formerly of Haines, 1917-2019

Alta Rose Moore, 102, of Union, died Nov. 5, 2019, at Pioneer Place in Vale.

A memorial will take place in the spring, her favorite season.

Known as Rose, and to many as Rosie, she was born July 2, 1917, at Haines to Thomas H. and Myrtle E. (Maxwell) Christensen. Rose attended school at Muddy Creek until her second year of high school, when her family bought a home in Haines. She graduated from high school in Haines in 1935.

After high school, Rose moved to Modesto, California, and spent 13 years there. She returned to Haines in 1949. She worked as a waitress and desk clerk at the Geiser Grand Hotel in Baker City and as a clerk at the Haines Post Office.

In her younger years, Rose played the pump organ and piano at the Haines Baptist Church. In Modesto, she played the piano at the Grace Baptist Church and was an accompanist for the soloists at the church and on the radio.

In 1953, Rose married Ernest S. “Pat” Moore. They moved to the Snake River in 1957 and she worked as a clerk at the Homestead Post Office and helped at the grocery store. While living in Homestead, Rose and Pat’s son, Ernest T. “Tom” Moore, was born. After leaving the post office she began cooking at the Hells Canyon Inn and later leased the cafe at the Halfway Hotel.

In 1966, Rose and Pat divorced, and she moved with Tom to North Powder. Rose leased the cafe at the North Powder Motel, which she operated until August 1967 when she and Tom moved to Union. Rose cooked at The Hut Cafe until she retired and continued to live in Union until her death.

Rose is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Tom and Donna of Clyde, Alberta, Canada; her stepdaughter, Carol Ashby of John Day; four grandchildren; two step-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Myrtle Christensen; her sister and brother-in-law, Myrtle Marie and Joe Carroll of Richland, Washington; her ex-husband, Ernest “Pat” Moore; her stepchildren, Paul Moore of Richland, Wilbur Ashby of John Day, Jerry Moore of John Day, and Millie Saunders of Alaska; her newphew, Dan Moore; and her nieces, Brenda Coulter and JoDell Mitchell.

Memorial contributions may be made to Heart ’N Home Hospice in care of Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande, OR 97850.

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