Billie Mae Moore

Billie Moore

Billie Mae Moore--Mae as she was known to many--passed away on June 18, 2017 from complications of endometrial cancer. Billie Mae was born in Boise, Idaho on September 2, 1931 to Violet Eva Hills Moore and William Jennings Moore. She spent her early years at the Holcomb Guard station on the Boise National Forest where her father was the ranger. Her father bought land in Vale, Oregon where starting from nothing they built a ranch and moved into the house in 1939. Billie Mae remembered that at 7 years old the sagebrush in Vale was as tall as she was. Here she developed her love of horses and the outdoors. In the late 1950’s she moved to Yakima to be with her father’s sister Margaret Hoffarth and began her career as a caregiver, working for several prominent Yakima County residents. In her free time she was an avid hiker and particularly loved exploring Eastern Washington with her good friend Bob Hileman.

Billie will be remembered as a protective, loving caregiver and a fiercely independent woman. She is survived by two sisters and a brother, Carol Coy of Aloha, Oregon, Mary Panzeri of Marsing, Idaho and Leonard “Bill” Moore of Vale, Oregon. She also leaves behind a special cousin, Sherry Jones.
Bonnie and Krista at Quality Medical Care and Colleen Foreman at North Star Lodge Cancer Care Center deserve special thanks for their care of Billie. In her last months of life she received loving care from Virginia Mason Memorial Hospice, with extra thanks to nurses Natalie and Emily.

At Billie’s request there will be no funeral. Her ashes are to be spread in one of her favorite outdoor locations, and a marker will be placed in Terrace Heights Memorial Park, Yakima, WA. Condolences may be sent to Rainier Memorial Center, 2807 Terrace Heights Dr. Yakima, WA 98901; Please consider a gift in Billie Mae’s name to Cottage in the Meadow or to Memorial Hospice under the Compass Care Program.