Betty Moore

Published 12:04 pm Wednesday, February 6, 2013

FRANKLIN—Betty McCormack Moore, 77, passed away February 4, 2013.

She was a native of Charleston, W.Va., one of two children of the late Herbert E. and Elsie Reynolds McCormack.

She was predeceased by a son, Robert Atlee “Brown” Moore III, and a brother, H.E. McCormack Jr.

In her younger days growing up in Roanoke, Va., she studied ballet in New York and became an accomplished ballet dancer. She won many accolades for her abilities. She was also a state champion swimmer in high school.

She and husband, Robert A. Moore Jr., raised their four children in Franklin, Va.

She was very active in all facets of the community, known and loved by many.

She taught swimming lessons at the YMCA, was a Girl Scout leader, and a pioneer in the tennis program at Cypress Cove Country Club and played up until age 70. Tennis was her passion, and she never missed a chance to go see her favorite players.

She was also a golfer. Betty enjoyed her lifelong bridge group as well as her Mahjong group. She enjoyed spending time on the Chowan River in her river house as well as the Outer Banks.

A lifelong member of High Street United Methodist Church, she taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School in her younger years.

She had retired as a Volunteer Coordinator for the Southampton County Department of Social Services.

Survivors include daughters, Katherine Elizabeth “Kem” VanVoorhis (Greg) of Ashville, N.C., and Cynthia Reynolds “Cindy” Moore; son, Stephen Thomas “Steve” Moore (Heidi) of Pensacola, Fla.; grandsons, Kevin and Graham VanVoorhis and Robert “Robby” Moore IV; longtime companion, Dean Wagenbach; best friend, Mrs. Paul Camp “Joan” Marks; longtime doctor and friend, Robert Gary Edwards, M.D.; and two dedicated nurses, Kim Holeman and Ida Vaughan.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 9, 2013, at High Street United Methodist Church with the Rev. John Ashley officiating. The family will receive friends Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Wright Funeral Home and suggests memorials be made to High Street United Methodist Church.