Ellenor Moore

10/30/1932 — 09/06/2020

From Kennewick, WA | Born in Wildsville, LA

Ellenor Moore

Ellenor moved to Pasco from Louisiana as a teenager with her parents in 1950. Her first job was a doctor’s assistant at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital. She married Thomas Moore and became a mother to his two daughters, Shirley and Antoinette. Together they had three more children, Thomas, Leonard and Cynthia. In 1963 she became the second African American employee to work at Safeway Grocery store in Pasco. She laughingly recalled that during the first two weeks, no one used her to checkout because she was Black. However, her popularity grew once folks realized how fast she was as a cashier and her line always moved the quickest. Ellenor balanced being a wife and mother of five, and took pride in her twelve-year career at Safeway. She was a member of Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church and became a well respected member of the Tri-Cities community as an educator, activist, and philanthropist. She was a lover of the arts and founder of the Tri-Cities Ethnic Players, a theater group focused on performing works by Black playwrights. As a talented actress, one of her favorite comedic roles was as Big Mama in “Livin’ Fat.”

During the 70’s while Ellenor advocated for Civil Rights she held her ground as the only African American member of the Pasco School Board. Noted for her tenacity and commitment, later she was appointed by Governor Daniel J. Evans to serve three years on the Washington State Women’s Council, focusing on the Equal Rights Amendment. She also served on the boards of AAAS (Afro-Americans For An Academic Society,) and the selection board of The United Way. Ellenor was recognized for her fundraising efforts and was a donor to The Franklin County Historical Museum and Pasco Public Library.

After raising her children, Ellenor moved to Federal Way, Washington, where she completed her Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Washington University and pursued a career in Real Estate. Later relocating to Southern California, she lived a life full of zest and adventure while fulfilling her passion for ballroom dance, live theater, and music. She loved hosting Bible and book clubs, costume parties and social events in her retirement community. Intrigued by culture she spoke fondly of her visits to museums as she traveled through Europe and other countries. The time spent with family and friends on casual road trips, and cruises to exotic islands were a true highlight. Her green thumb was evident in her meticulously manicured garden and fruitful lemon trees. She often ended her day by taking sunset walks on the beach.

Ellenor moved back to Pasco in 2015 to live closer to family. She lost her fierce battle with cancer on Sunday, September 6th, 2020. Her family and friends love Ellenor for her many qualities and describe her as a devoted mother, and the epitome of class and style. Someone who lived her life without fear. A strong willed woman; stoic but graceful, poised, spiritual, beautiful, and kind. A role model and inspiration. Her beautiful smile filled the room. Committed to her community, she was the “Belle of the ball.” Thank you, Ellenor, for all of the lives you’ve touched.

Preceded in death by her parents, Henry Clark and Ida Dorsey; Stepfather, William Dorsey, Brother, William Dorsey. She is survived by her children, Shirley Burnette, Antoinette Reed, husband Ashby Reed, Thomas Moore, wife Helen Moore, Leonard Moore, wife Vanessa Moore and Cynthia Moore-Aronovitz, husband Cory Aronovitz; Grandchildren, Michael Burnette, Mark Burnette, Damion Reed, Stephen Moore, Kevin Moore, Christopher Moore, Heather Moore, Erik Moore, Miles Aronovitz and Quincy Aronovitz. 19 Great-Grandchildren and 4 Great-Great-Grandchildren. Sisters, Loretta Dorsey, Joyce Dorsey, Brother, Larry Dorsey and numerous nieces, nephews and dear friends. Because of the challenges of COVID-19, a memorial service will be held at a later date. If desired, family and friends may make memorial contributions to AACCES (African American Community Cultural & Educational Society) at https://www.aacces.com/.

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  • Eleanor More was a very special person. She had a dream to bring a black theater group to this area and she had the will and perseverance to make it happen. It was a pleasure working beside Eleanor feeding off of her energy and learning how to make the dream come true for this community, and her perfection in love four the project help us winning several awards for the effort that the Ethnic Players present it over the years. We think you Eleanor for making the dream a reality for this community. My condolence goes out to the family and my prayers, love always Jimmy Butts.

    Jimmie Butts
    January 2, 2021
  • My Dear friend Ellenor will be sorely missed by ALL of her friends and acquaintances.
    My fondest memories of her are the times we spent together as members of the Tri-City Ethnic Players .
    A group she founded to introduce Black Play Writers to the Tri-City Community with the utilization of Black Actors, that she directed.
    She was such a perfectionist when it came to presenting our plays to the Public – she was obsessed with quality – and eventually instilled that same obsession for quality in All of us.
    She could really come down hard on us if/ when we neglected to memorize our lines within the allotted time.
    She was quite the Task Master – as a result we All became better Actors and presented several
    quality Plays to our Community.

    Thank you Ellenor for making us ALL better Actors and Better People.

    Ellenor you are in our Hearts and Memories – – – I wish your Family and Friends Strength and Peace during this very difficult time .
    Rest in Peace Dear friend until we meet again and Rehearse our next play.
    Love, your friend Carl

    Carl Peterson
    October 21, 2020
    Spanaway, WA.
  • Growing up in Pasco and going to school at St Pats i always thought Mrs. Moore was such and elegant Lady. Then when she was on the school board she was such an excellent advocate and very articulate. We are all better for having known her. My condolences to Tom ,Leonard and Cynthia.

    Bill MERK
    September 29, 2020
  • Aunt Louise was poised and generous expressly with advice, (smile). I appreciate the times she shared her wisdom and encouragement with me, and I “sit up straight” to this day because of her thoughtful reminders. She was loved and shall be missed.

    Her Loving Niece,

    Paige Dorsey
    September 19, 2020
    Alki Beach, Seattle WA
  • All my best to the Moore Family

    Stephen Wood
    September 18, 2020
  • I had the pleasure of meeting the lovely Elenore on her visits to Chicago.
    I recall her graceful stature, warm sincere demeanor and that when I was around her a lot of laughter.
    My sincerest condolences to the Family as well as the many dear friends whose life she graced. RIP Elenore

    Donald Evans
    September 13, 2020
  • Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever….
    xrpt:psalm 23-4

    Ms Ellenor Moore, in Gods Hands, you shall Rest In Peace

    With Love,

    Sean Bennett
    September 13, 2020
  • Always admired your beautiful and gracious style auntie! You were a vivacious, loving, and fearless woman. Proud to be your niece! RIP Love you!

    Quilina Dorsey
    September 12, 2020
    Los Angeles
  • When Mrs. Moore forst met me, she gave me a tour of her remodeled living space and told me a bit of her life while pointing out pictures of her children. She was a smart, strong woman who learned to speak up in order to get what she needed. And what a beautiful woman.

    I’m sorry for the family’s loss.

    September 12, 2020