Lois Jean Moore passed away peacefully in her sleep on October 17, 2020, at the age of 91. A graveside service will be held at St. Andrews Catholic Cemetery in Canyon City, Oregon, on October 26, 2020, at 1:00 pm with Father Christie Tissera officiating.
April 25, 1929, in Sioux City, Iowa, Lois was the first of six children born to Walter and Cecilia Trafton. By 1938 Walt had packed up his family and headed for Big Valley Township in Lassen County, California, to find work in the lumber industry; this was during the years of the Great Depression, times were hard, and jobs were scarce.
Being the naturally caring person that she was, Lois was always looking after her younger siblings. She even helped look after her parents. Keeping track of her fathers’ wages and doling out his weekly allowance. Around the age of 10, Lois developed Ricketts. She would have to take the train back to Iowa to have images taken of her bones. However, that didn’t put a damper on her fire. She would make sure her dad had enough money, and then she’d line out Dorothy, Leonard, and Beverly with the chores.
By 1943 the Trafton family headed for Oregon. Making their home in Seneca. Lois graduated from Grant Union High School class of 1948. Following graduation, Lois Trafton married James William Moore, known as “Dinty,” July 21, 1948, in St Elizabeth’s Catholic Church of John Day. In becoming Mr. and Mrs. Dinty Moore, they lived in Seneca. Dinty worked in the sawmill for Edward Hines Lumber Company, and Lois did what she did best; take care of kids. They had four of their own. Deborah, Lori, James Michael, and Thomas. Dinty and Lois eventually moved down the hill to John Day. Dinty continued his career in the lumber industry. Just before retirement, becoming Lumber Salesman of the Year. Lois experienced a major tragedy early in her family life, with losing her two daughters. Both at a very young age. Lois focused on raising her “boys,” but she would always have a soft spot for little girls, which presented in her deep affection for her granddaughter and her great-granddaughters.
Besides raising kids, Lois enjoyed cooking, crocheting, magazines, and television, especially the reality programs in her later years. She liked chatting on the telephone, reading the paper, and visits from her family and friends. She was always keeping an eye out the window, at the comings and goings of the neighborhood. Last but not least, Lois will always be fondly remembered for the best chocolate chip cookies, her Tom & Jerry batter, her peanut butter balls, and her homemade chocolate ice cream topping.
Lois was a woman with a heart of gold. She was steadfast in her beliefs. Stubborn in what she thought. Consistent in what she valued. Honest in what she said, and she was true to those she loved. Family to her was everything. Lois loved her family, “To the Moon and back, and all the way to Mars.”
Lois survived by her Sons; Mike(Billie) Moore of Bear Valley, Tom(Rhonda) Moore of Canyon City. Grandsons; Lucas(Elisa) Moore of Bear Valley, Isaac(Jessica) Moore of Bear Valley. Granddaughter Whitney Moore of Bend, Joel(Danielle) Silva of John Day, Larissa(Chris) Giffin of John Day, Dustin Silva(Kelsi Reyes) of Pendleton, 12 Great Grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She is preceded in death by both parents; Walt and Cel Trafton. Husband; Dinty Moore. Daughters; Deborah and Lori Moore. Brother; Leonard Trafton. Sisters; Mary Trafton and Dorothy Crisp.
The Moore family would like to extend our sincere appreciation and gratitude towards Doris Harper and her staff at Cinnabar Mountain Adult Foster Home. As well, the Blue Mt. Hospital for taking good care of Lois during her stay while navigating Covid restrictions and keeping her safe. Also, to The Blue Mt. Hospital’s Home Health & Hospice for all their hard work and the accommodations they made for Lois during these past few months. We are forever grateful.
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