Salem Pioneer Cemetery ~ Virginia Lafayette Moores ~ part of the Marion County Pioneer Cemeteries of Oregon
Virginia Lafayette Moores
LAST NAME: Moores FIRST NAME: Virginia MIDDLE NAME: Lafayette NICKNAME: 
MAIDEN NAME: Lamon AKA 1:  AKA 2:  AKA 3: 
TITLE: Mrs. GENDER: F MILITARY: 
BORN: 14 Jul 1825 DIED: 9 Jun 1897 BURIED: 11 Jun 1897
ETHNICITY:   OCCUPATION:  Housewife, M. E. Church Activist, Social Activist
BIRTH PLACE:  Bunker Hill, Berkeley Co., Virginia (now West Va.)
DEATH PLACE: Salem, Marion Co., Oregon
NOTES: 
 See Also: "Mrs. Moores' Life", Oregon Statesman 15 June 1897;
OBITUARY: 
A PIONEER LADY’S DEATH. 
Mrs. J. H. Moores Passed Away, Funeral This Afternoon. 
Yesterday morning relatives in this city received the sad intelligence that Mrs. John H. Moores, for many years an honored and highly respected resident of this city, had passed away at the home of her daughters, Misses Carrie and Bertha Moores, in Portland. Mrs. Moores, whose maiden name was Virginia Lafayette Lamon, was born on July 24, 1825, in Bunker Hill, Berkeley county, Virginia, (now West Virginia), and removed to Danville, Illinois, where she was married on May 14, 1847, to John H. Moores. 
In 1852 she, with her husband, came to Oregon, spending the first winter in Portland, and coming to Salem in March, 1853. Here the family located, the husband engaging in business. Her husband died in this city in 1880, and Mrs. Moores continued to reside here until 1893, when she removed to Portland, making her home with her daughters, Misses Carrie and Bertha Moores. Her children, Hon. Charles B. Moores, and A. N. Moores of this city, the Misses Carrie and Bertha Moores of Portland, her orphaned grandson, Guy C. Miller of this city, and her two brothers, Judge R. B. Lamon, of Washington, D. C., and Dr. Charles E. Lamon, of Fairmount, Indiana, besides a large circle of other relatives and a host of friends, are left to mourn her demise. 
Mrs. Moores was a very strong and active woman for her age, and not until last November did she begin to show any sign of losing her strength. At that time she was taken ill, but she later rallied and until a short time ago took occasional drives, but her race was nearly run, and when about ten days ago she took to her bed, she declined rapidly, passing across the valley of the shadow of death at 8 o’clock yesterday morning, surrounded by all of her children except Hon. C. B. Moores, who, on account of his own illness, had been unable to go to her bedside. The immediate cause of her death was senile pneumonia, coupled with an affection of the heart. The deceased was a faithful and consistent member of the M.E. church, and was for many years treasurer and later president of the Oregon Children’s Aid Society, to which she devoted much time and energy. She was a very popular and highly esteemed woman, and will be mourned by numerous friends who have known and learned to love her for her many good qualities, in the nearly half a century of her life in Oregon. The remains were brought to Salem on last night’s overland train, and were removed to the residence of A.N. Moores at the corner of Liberty and Marion streets, where they can be viewed by friends from 9 o’clock a.m. to 12 noon today. The funeral will be conducted at the First M. E. church at 2:30 p.m. by Rev. D. Charles E. Locke, pastor of the Taylor street M.E. church, Portland. Interment will be had in the family plot in Rural cemetery, by the side of her deceased husband. Oregon Statesman 10 Jun 1897 4:2
INSCRIPTION: 
Mother 
Virginia L. Moores 
Born in Virginia
July 14, 1825
Died 
June 9, 1897
SOURCES: 
DAR pg 32 
OS 10 Jun 1897 4:2
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