CECILY “OMA” MOORE
September 1, 2012
Cecily “Oma” Moore was born to Sanemon and Meta (Eckhart) Teshima in the plantation town of Waihee Maui on November 13, 1908. She was the 2nd eldest of 8 siblings and enjoyed the few pleasures and many rigors of plantation living, working in the pineapple fields and the butcher shop during her youth, besides helping her mom with the younger children. She attended Maui High, and after graduating she was sponsored to attend nursing school at Queen’s Hospital on Oahu. Upon her graduation as an RN, she worked at various hospitals and before settling in at Leahi Hospital where she remained until her retirement in 1972.
Cecily met and married Robert J. Moore in 1932, and they raised four children, Carol (Tom) Warden, Robert Jr. (Paulette), and Susannah (Sheldon) Katsutani. Cecily was preceded in death by her spouse and son Richard (Kris). Oma is also encircled by 10 grandchildren and 27 greater-grandchildren.
Since enrolling her older children in Epiphany School in 1940, Cecily became a lifelong member of that Church, which remained the foundation for her life and faith thereafter. She served on the Altar Guild with her sister Lily Pearson for over 30 years and seldom missed a service until her later years. The Epiphany community became her extended family and she spoke lovingly of those dear friends and ministers who shared that community with her. When asked the secret to her longevity, Oma would reply ” God let me live so long because He loves sinners”.
Oma left us peacefully on Saturday morning, September 1, 2012, at Leahi Hospital, which had been her home for almost 3 years. She was 103 years old. Her family will long remain grateful for the loving and attentive care she received at Leahi from nurses and the caring staff, who treated her with love, humor, respect and dignity. Oma will be missed, but remains bright in our memories. Aloha oe
Services will be held at Epiphany Church on September 29, 2012 with visitation at 9:30 a.m. and services commencing at 10 a.m. No flowers please. Aloha attire is welcome.