Obit: Ann Moore

Obit: Ann Moore

December 17th, 2018 in Obituaries
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ATLANTA — Ann Thomas Moore died peacefully at 9:16 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, at Atria Senior Living in Atlanta, Ga., at the age of 86. While the cause of death was likely related to an acute leukemia diagnosed days before, she moved quickly and painlessly through this last phase of her earthly adventure. Born Rosa Ann Thomas in Richmond, Va. on May 7, 1932, to Rosa (nee Sanders) and Robert Thomas of Roanoke, she grew up and was educated in Virginia receiving a BA in French from Westhampton College of the University of Richmond in 1953, and an MA from the University of Virginia. She married Ronald Oury Moore and eventually settled with him in Chattanooga, Tenn. where they raised their two children and taught at UTC. Ann was a professor of English literature and writing. Books surrounded her throughout her life. A curious and fearless soul, Ann Moore moved from Chattanooga to Houston to LA expanding her professional experience into the world of corporate communication, most notably for Gensler Architects. She took up dancing and acting, appearing in community theater and as a TV extra. But teaching was her deepest calling. After retiring, she again shared her knowledge and skill as an adjunct professor of English at Pace University in New York. While she died in Atlanta, New York was her last residence of personal choice. She considered it her home of homes. She is survived by her two children, Ronald Roberts Moore and Charlotte Thomas Moore, now of Atlanta and Milan, Italy, respectively; her sister, Mary Ellen Thomas of Richmond, Virginia; and her two granddaughters, Camille and Mia Bado of Milan, Italy. We extend our deepest thanks to the people of Atria Buckhead who cared for her and appreciated her talents in older age. According to her wishes, she is being cremated (handled by H.M. Patterson & Sons-Oglethorpe Hill Chapel, Atlanta). Celebrations of her life will be organized in the cities she loved most, LA and NYC. We ask anyone wishing to honor her life to make a donation in her name to literacyaction.org. She would have been grateful, as are we.