Suzanne Moore

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Suzanne Gail Moore, 48, of Anchorage, Alaska, died Monday, February 06, 2012 at Providence Hospital with her husband and sisters by her side after a difficult battle with a very aggressive form of ovarian cancer. Suzanne was born to Gail F. Moore and the late John D. Moore of Rutland, VT on December 3, 1963 in Beth Page, NY.

Suzanne graduated from Rutland High School in 1981 and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education from University of Vermont in 1985. She married James L. Haack on November 5, 2011 in Anchorage, AK.

Suzanne's first career was in early childhood education where she worked for The Head Start program in Vermont and Jack and Jill preschool in Colorado. Suzanne moved to Alaska in 2002 where she began her most fulfilling career as a flight attendant with Alaska Airlines. It was through this career that she pursued her passion for travel.

Suzi's travels took her to numerous destinations around the world. One of her first grand adventures was to Southeast Asia where she biked for 2 years through Thailand, Vietnam, India, Australia and New Zealand. Always the penny pincher, she was very proud to proclaim that she could live and travel there for only 7 dollars a day. A six month solo trip to Africa found her dancing and traveling with an African dance troupe in Malawi, where the locals often commented: "That white lady can dance!." She also camped among the lions and elephants in the Okavango Delta, describing it as the "wildest place on Earth". Other favorite destinations include rafting trips through the Grand Canyon, Hawaii, Baja, Mexico, Peru, and her home state of Vermont where she treasured spending time with her family.

While living in Anchorage Suzi made many wonderful friends, and met her husband, Jim. When she wasn't flying she was sure to be enjoying all the Alaskan wilderness had to offer; whether it be hiking or skiing in the mountains, kayaking in Glacier Bay, or dip netting for salmon. Despite the constant pull of her family in Vermont, Alaska was the place she called home.

Suzi was a free spirit who loved a good party and was famous for throwing many. No matter the party, she was sure to be the first on the dance floor earning her reputation as the "dancing queen." Her unabashed playfulness, positive personality and infectious smile were cherished by all. Suzi's candid, zany antics were always hysterical, leaving many on the floor rolling with laughter. She was an outspoken advocate for causes she believed in, with the preservation of wilderness and all of its creatures being on the top of her list. Suzi generously volunteered her time for numerous local organizations including The Sierra Club of Alaska, Planned Parenthood of Alaska, The Democratic Party of Alaska, the ASPCA, and Friends of Pets. She gave not only her time, money and heart to these causes but her entire spirit. She lived every day wishing and working for a healthier planet for all.

Suzanne is survived by her husband James L. Haack of Anchorage, AK; her mother Gail F. Moore of Rutland, VT; two sisters, Jacquelyn M. Gauthier of Rutland, VT and Wendy Moore of Middlesex, VT; a brother, Thomas K. Moore of Montpelier, VT; 2 brother in laws, Michael Gauthier of Rutland, VT and Bill Rossmassler of Middlesex, VT; 3 nieces, Katie and Ali Gauthier of Rutland, VT and Eva Rossmassler of Middlesex, VT, ; 3 nephews, Zachary Gauthier and Christopher Warner of Rutland, VT and Tae Rossmassler of Middlesex, VT, and her loving, loyal dog Boo. Suzanne was predeceased by her father John D. "Jack" Moore, of Rutland, VT.

A gathering to celebrate Suzanne's life and laughter will be held on Sunday February 26th, from 5-8pm at the Alaska Aviation Museum, 4721 Aircraft Drive, Anchorage.

Please consider donations to Planned Parenthood of Alaska, the Alaska Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, or The Center for Biological Diversity in Tucson, AZ.

Posted on Suzanne's bedroom wall:

"What, then, is the right way of living? Life must be lived as play." Plato

"In Wildness is the Preservation of the World." Henry David Thoreau





Published in Alaska Dispatch News from Feb. 9 to Feb. 10, 2012