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.
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; www.rainiermemorial.com. Please consider a gift in Billie Mae’s name to Cottage in the Meadow or to Memorial Hospice under the Compass Care Program.