“Unfortunately it wasn’t true that ‘ladies didn’t smoke.’ They did, but they made up for it by sending a lot of thank you notes and not swearing and enjoying gardening and books and famous classical musicians…”
From a clipping saved over the years in the appointment book of Emily G Moore (author unknown).
Even in her seventies, Emily Moore made an impression with her beauty, grace, and energetic spirit. She had presence and style and retained the intelligence of the young woman who graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Pennsylvania at age nineteen.
Emily was uncommonly knowledgeable about plants and gardened with a passion and for the shear pleasure of gardening, never striving for a showplace garden nor afraid to get dirt under her fingernails (although it wasn’t there for long). She approached horticulture with the same energy as her other endeavors, learning all she could by first-hand experience and through her travels to gardens in England and France. She made thirty-eight trips to Europe with her husband during the fifty-two years of their marriage.
In 1989, Emily began her ten-year stint on the board of directors of the Pacific Horticultural Foundation, publishers of Pacific Horticulture magazine, and served as a vice president and chair of its finance committee. Richard Brown, the current president of the board, commented that, “in her participation on the board, Emily’s most important contributions were in the area of finance; she brought us from a cookie jar mentality of handling our money to a much more sophisticated level of investment and return.”
Emily began her career in Philadelphia as a human resources analyst for the Federal Reserve Bank following her graduation from college. In later years, she devoted herself to her husband, four children, and six grandchildren, and was active in a number of charitable and civic organizations in the Tacoma area. In addition to the board of the Pacific Horticultural Foundation, Emily served as president of the Tacoma Junior League, president of the Aloha Club of Tacoma, board member of both the Tacoma Garden Club and the Northwest Horticultural Society, and board member of the Children’s Home Society.
In 1948 in Philadelphia, Emily married her husband Dr John Moore; a few years later, they moved to Tacoma, where they spent the rest of their married lives together. John remembers Emily with pride, “She was a joy; it was love at first sight. It’s been a ball; we were blessed.” In the months following her death on June 2, 2000, those reminiscing about Emily frequently described her as “such a lady.” To this, John adds, “She was a great lady. When she wore her pearls, you knew damn well they were real.”