Salem Pioneer Cemetery ~ Althea Moores ~ part of the Marion County Pioneer Cemeteries of Oregon
Althea Moores
BORN: 6 Nov 1856 DIED: 30 Apr 1883 BURIED: 2 May 1883
ETHNICITY:   OCCUPATION:  Professor, Willamette University
BIRTH PLACE:  Salem, Marion Co., Oregon
DEATH PLACE: Salem, Marion Co., Oregon
Name of father John H. Moores
Maiden name of mother Virginia Lafayette Lamon
IOOF - Miss Althea Moores, age 26, born in Marion Co., Oregon, died in Salem of consumption
See also: Biographical sketch of Moores family in record of I. R. Moores (Pioneer Cemetery database).

PHOTOGRAPH NOTES - Photograph, circa 1880, courtesy of the Oregon State Library.  Description:
"Studio portrait of several members of the Moores family of Salem, Or. This family was prominent in the first 50 years of Salem's history. This portrait includes several members of the 3rd generation of Moores in Salem. Standing, L to R, is Charles B. Moores, Bertha Moores (sister of Charles), William Fithian (Ill., connection to the Moores family unknown), Cora Dickinson Moores (wife of Albert Newton Moores, daughter of Rev. Obed Dickinson), Wylie A. Moores (cousin of Charles); Sitting, L to R, Janet Moores (relationship to others unknown), Carrie Moores (sister to Charles), Allie Moores (could be Albert Newton Moores, brother of Charles and future husband of Cora Dickinson), Althea Moores (twin to Bertha, and Professor of Modern Languages at Willamette, died of tuberculosis 1883)"
The tolling of the Methodist bell on Sunday evening sent a feeling of sadness through the entire city, announcing as it did, the sad intelligence that Miss Althea Moores had passed away. Miss Moores was born in this city in November 1856, second daughter and the eldest of the twin daughters of the last John H. Moores, Esq. She was raised in his place and was a graduate of the Willamette University of class 1877. 
From earliest young ladyhood she was identified with all that was musical or literary, and few entertainments or gatherings were regarded complete without her presence and assistance. No young ladies of the city were so intimately connected with socials as the twin sisters -- Misses Althea and Bertha Moores. 
She was a consistent member of the Methodist church, and embodied all that was lovely and amiable in disposition, and her whole life was one typical of the better one beyond. That dreaded malady--consumption--removed her from a sphere that was opening with rare prospects of future happiness, and her widowed mother and immediate relatives are not the lease among those that deeply mourn. The last rites will take place on Wednesday. (from the Willamette Farmer in Moores’ scrapbook] 

Miss Althea Moores, late of Salem, Oregon, was born Nov. 6th, 1856. She was a member of the infant class of Salem Methodist Sabbath school as soon she was able to take her place therein. She experienced religion while yet a little girl and was received in full connection at eleven years of age. She graduated in Willamette University in 1877 with honor. In February 1880 she began work as Preceptress in that institution. She was afterwards elected to the chair of Professor of Modern Languages, which place she filled with great acceptability until failing health compelled her to desist. He disease was consumption. 
On April 29th, 1883 she was translated to the church triumphant. Her funeral was very largely attended, the audience completely filling the large auditorium of the church at Salem. The church was tastefully draped and trimmed. In the choir a chair was draped in mourning and left vacant. She had been a member for thirteen years and no one was more regular in attendance in the choir than she. 
The University students attended in a body, rich floral offerings were laid by loving hands on her coffin. Prof. Van Scoy paid a touching tribute to her worth as a teacher and the love in which she was held by her students. Rev. F. P. Tower delivered an address of much beauty giving the outline of her life and an estimate of her character. Rev. John N. Denison, her pastor, preached the funeral sermon. (from Pacific Christian Advocate, May 17, 1883, Moores’ scrapbook) 

The Polaris, Willamette University paper had several tributes and poetry in memory of Althea Moores. They also noted that Althea was engaged at the time of her death to Richmond Kelly of the class of ’78.
Daughter of 
J. H. & V. L. Moores 
Nov. 7, 1856 
April 29, 1883
IOOF Register of Burials 
DAR pg 32 
Moores' scrapbook
Oregon State Library Image Collection