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After decades of service to the Lord on this Earth, Bridget Moore is now serving God in his heaven. Graciously and courageously accepting her cancer, she passed from this world on January 26, 2012, at her son's home in Sacramento, California, with her children by her side.
Minnie Dorothea Bridget Byrne was born in Hampstead, London, to Henry James and Madeline (Blood-Smyth) Byrne on July 2, 1927. Over the next 84 years, Bridget led a rich and varied life full of family, travel and adventure.
Her brother, Arthur Neptune John Byrne, was born in 1929. As a child, Bridget was educated in a small Quaker school in London. During World War II, she and her schoolmates were relocated to the country, where they spent five years at the 16th-century ancestral home of Sir John Thynne, now known as Longleat, the home of the Marquis de Bath.
After school, she joined the British Foreign Office and worked for MI6. Stationed in Germany for two years just after the war, Bridget worked in the coding/decoding section and learned to ski in the Swiss Alps.
Upon returning to London, she married Derek Michael Ellis Anson. Derek found work in America, and they moved with their young family, now with a son and daughter, to a small apartment in Pelham, New York.
After two years, the family relocated to their first home in Ridgefield, Connecticut. Following her divorce in 1963, Bridget became a working single mother, helping to support her family.
In 1967, she married Donald Clark Moore and began an adventure that would last 38 years until Don's death in 2002.
Soon after their marriage, the family moved to a farm in La Junta, Colorado. These were Bridget's happiest years. She loved being outdoors, driving a tractor, caring for the livestock, attending her children's high school football games and taking classes at Otero Junior College, where Don was the dean of faculty.
In 1976, after their children had left home, Bridget and Don moved to Grand Junction, Colorado, where Don had taken a job with Bendix Corporation. Bridget became an entrepreneur, running her own successful vending machine business.
Hearing a call to service as missionaries, they left Colorado for Malawi, Africa, leaving all they owned and their dog in the States. For the next two years, they taught farming, English, irrigation and crop management to the local people in Malawi. It was an experience rich in discovery, challenges and rewards.
Completing their service, they returned to the U.S. to reclaim their dog and moved to Memphis, Tennessee, where Don taught engineering at Christian Brothers University and where Bridget completed her undergraduate degree in psychology and sociology. She then became a math teacher at Bishop Byrne High School.
Escaping the heat and humidity, they moved to Brookings, South Dakota, to teach at South Dakota State University. While in South Dakota, Bridget began the journey that would eventually take her to the priesthood of the Episcopal church in 1996. She spent many happy hours traveling to small communities like Preston in De Smet, South Dakota, and ministering to its people.
When they finally retired, Bridget and Don moved to Sequim and built a home. Bridget became very involved at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, serving as an assistant priest and working in many ministries, most recently with the Little Sisters of St. Clare. She was active in the Democratic Party, working tirelessly for her candidates.
Bridget gave of herself freely and always put others first. She loved her friends dearly and was devoted to her family. Bridget loved her dogs, most recently her little Poppy.
She is survived by her two children, William and Sarah; three stepchildren, Ann, Beth and James; and seven grandchildren, Brynn, Emily, Tess, Katie, Caroline, Adriana and Alejandra.
Bridget was a special and loving mom and grandmother, a wonderful friend and an amazing lady. We will all miss her very much.
Memorial services will be held at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 525 North Fifth Avenue, in Sequim on Thursday, February 23, 2012, at 2 p.m., with a reception following in the Parish Hall hosted by St. Luke's.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations in her name to Oxfam America at www.oxfamamerica.org.
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on Feb. 19, 2012