MIDDLEBURY — Audrey Petrea Moore died Jan. 2 at age 92 at home in Middlebury, in the same room where her husband, Robert, died four months earlier. She and Robert were married for 68 years.
Mrs. Moore was born in Mineola, N.Y., the only daughter of Louise and Harrison Seaman. The girls she befriended in her Fifth Avenue neighborhood in the 1930s remained friends throughout her life.
She and Robert began courting at young adult gatherings of the First Presbyterian Church of Mineola. After high school, Mrs. Moore went to secretarial school and worked in New York City, wearing white gloves on the train trip into Manhattan and her job at the fledgling Ducks Unlimited organization.
She and her husband raised a son and daughter in one of William Levitt’s planned developments in Westbury, N.Y., where Mrs. Moore worked as a secretary for the Probation Department of Nassau County. In 2008, she and Robert moved to Middlebury, Vt., to be closer to their daughter, Annie Moore-Cox. They were among the first residents of The Lodge at Otter Creek, moving later to the retirement community at EastView.
After her husband’s health declined, Mrs. Moore lived for a year in the memory care unit of Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. When her husband died at his daughter’s Foote Street home in September 2015, Mrs. Moore left the nursing home and took Bob’s place there.
Mrs. Moore was a skilled pianist and loved to sing; even in the grips of dementia her clear voice sang out without prompting. Until dementia clouded her thinking, she never forgot a birthday or anniversary, faithfully sending greeting cards to friends and family.
She is survived by her two children, Robert Moore Jr. (Fran), of Saratoga, N.Y., and Annie Moore-Cox (Matthew Cox) of Middlebury; by five granddaughters; by two great grandchildren; and by a niece and nephew.
The family would like to thank the nurses, aides and other health professionals who cared for Audrey during her illness, including her doctor, Brad Armstrong; the staff at the Helen Porter dementia unit; staff and volunteers at Addison County Home Health & Hospice; workers at Elderly Services, Inc.’s Project Independence Adult Day Center; and her son-in-law, Matthew, who cared for her in the last months of her life.
Mrs. Moore’s ashes will be commingled with those of her husband and interred at a later date at Westbury Friends Cemetery in Westbury, N.Y. At her request, there will be no memorial service. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions in her memory to Project Independence or to Addison County Home Health & Hospice. ◊