Catherine Moore
2004 - 2018
Elleanore "Catherine" Moore, 14, of Fulton, MD died Wednesday, December 5, 2018 after an extraordinary life that mattered to more people than we will ever know. She was born on February 4, 2004 in Annapolis, MD, daughter of Brian Keith Moore and Elleanore Cobb Ranson Moore. In 2008, she became a big sister to Sarah Hazel Moore.

Catherine slid into the world on a sliver of a moonbeam at 25 weeks weighing just 1lb, 9oz., which totaled 709 M&M's. M&M's piled up for 121 days as she gained weight and came home. She grew up to be a beautiful young lady who inspired people literally all over the world. Despite her significant disabilities (or as her family prefers to say, her unique abilities), she mattered and made an extraordinary difference to people who knew her and even those who didn't. It was once said that she was a "perfect soul in an imperfect body." Another time, someone shared that perhaps in her stillness she was meditating and praying for all humanity. Now, she has been given a new, perfect, eternal body and for that we are grateful.

Catherine loved music, especially Taylor Swift and Jackie Evancho. She liked dancing in her wheelchair with Sarah and was known as a star each year at the Falcon Follies Talent Show. She especially liked to go fast and feel the wind in her face. She loved to travel, even internationally, and she had passport stamps from Aruba and Copenhagen. She liked art and rough textures, horseback riding, surfing, being read to and especially being held by her Daddy, who held her practically every single day of her life.

She learned more than many people thought was possible at Cedar Lane School where she was known for saying, "Hi," in the halls with her communication device. Like her family, she was grateful for the many blessings around her and she was working to learn to say, "Thank you." Her principal saw her using the device the day before she went to be with God and said she was saying so much. She nearly always wanted to talk about her sister. At Cedar Lane, she participated in their talent show also and played the ukulele, and she was a Nora's Friend to kids at Fulton Elementary School.

In 2014, Disney World invited her to be a guest of Disney University after receiving a video of her in the parade at The Lion King. Disney used the video to train staff worldwide to teach cast members that every guest matters and can have a magical experience. Her life literally touched the world.

She attended St. John's Episcopal Church in Ellicott City, MD where she loved listening to the music. When it was time for the sermon, she tilted her head away. When the music started to play, she lifted her head and turned to the right - her way of letting us know she was paying close attention. St. John's welcomed her and changed the pew construction to accommodate wheelchairs for her and others needing the space.

Catherine is survived by her parents and her sister. She is also survived by grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins too numerous to count.

Donations may be made to Casey Cares, an organization that provides fun for medically fragile and critically ill kids: In keeping with creating and seeking miracles, Catherine's brain has been donated to the Maryland Brain Bank for further research. To learn more about Catherine's amazing life, please visit

A memorial service will be held 12/14/18 at 1:30 PM at St. John's Episcopal Church, Ellicott City, MD. A light afternoon tea reception will be held immediately following at the church. Wear bright colors and butterflies if you have them to honor Catherine's amazing spirit.
Published by The Frederick News-Post from Dec. 10 to Dec. 11, 2018.
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Memorial service
St. John's Episcopal Church
Ellicott City, MD
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Nicole Baker
September 27, 2021
Nicole Baker
September 27, 2021
Dearest Catherine, We held a memorial at MSB to honor those we have lost. We created a chime garden, and I want you to know that your name is on a chime. It was a beautiful day and had just the right amount of wind to help you sing. I will never forget you.
Nicole Baker
September 27, 2021
can't believe it's been almost 3 years. i miss you a lot. we're doing okay, mom and dad miss you too. love you sis. always and forever.
sarah moore
September 17, 2021
My deepest sympathy to you and your family!
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all!
Margaret Marting long
January 8, 2019
Hello Moore family,

I worked with Catherine as her secondary OT during her last two years at Delrey School and only today learned of her passing. She was a joy to work with. She was one of the first students with visual impairments that I served and I have continued to apply the lessons I learned from her to my work with other children ever since. It's a small example of the ripple effect of her life, but I thought I would share. Please accept my belated but sincerest condolences to you all.

Ann Savage Richardson, Norwood, MA
January 2, 2019
Christine Roche
December 15, 2018
Christine Roche
December 15, 2018
Christine Roche
December 15, 2018
Hello and my deep sympathy for your loss of this beautiful,vibrant child of God. I was combing through the site this morning looking for a particular friend's obituary, when I came across Catherine's. I stopped to read it, as your words pulled me in. Just wanted to say thank you for being wonderful parents and providing her with opportunity to touch the world as she did. Many times, "silence" is when the most, and best, work of God is completed. He uses us as his tools, but words aren't always necessary. Thank you for sharing Catherine's life with those of us who are reading this. I am certain she is flying high above us in Beauty and Glory. Diana
December 14, 2018
Losing someone that we love never comes easy. It is truly heartbreaking. May God's promises in Isaiah 65:17 comfort and help you.
December 13, 2018
Very sorry for the loss of your daughter Catherine.
May you find comfort in Isaiah 61:1,2
December 13, 2018
We remember how honored our daughter, Jenna, felt many years ago at St. Martin's in Severna Park when Catherine's mom asked Jenna to push Catherine around the church when they were both angels in the Christmas pageant. It was such a beautiful and special moment.

Andy and Marcia Taylor
St. Martin's in the Field, Severna Park
Marcia Taylor
December 12, 2018
we are going to miss you girl grandpa ,lee
allen moore
December 11, 2018
a loved one
December 11, 2018
Ellen, Brian and Sarah, you are in our family's thoughts and prayers. I will forever think of Catherine when I see a butterfly.
Colleen McKenna
December 11, 2018
My sincere condolences in the loss your beloved daughter, may the God of comfort wrap his loving arms around your family in your family in your time of grief.
Charlene Quick
December 11, 2018
As the sister to a "perfect soul in an imperfect body" I often reflect on the enlightenment my brother has brought me. Catherine sounds like a lovely person who truly made a difference in this world. What a terrific legacy. I wish you comfort in your grief and lots of joyful memories.
Lisa P
December 11, 2018
We were so fortunate to have known Catherine.
A beautiful soul who touched so many lives.
Sarah Wheedleton
December 10, 2018
I didn't personally know your family but I'm so sorry for your loss!! My sister is similar to her and I couldn't ask for a better sister. I often find myself getting upset at my mom for sheltering I guess is the world to Kelly. Kelly LOVES to go out with me and actually behaves so much better. If society doesn't like my sister then they can go home....I spent my whole life standing up for her to anyone who treated her like she has the plague , stare, etc and now my 10 year old daughter does it worse than I ever was. This made me cry reading it. It broke my heart! Catherine sounds amazing and you were truly blessed to have her as your daughter, sister, granddaughter, etc !! Heaven truly gained an angel
Heather Anderson
December 10, 2018
Catherine's spirit and determination will be with us always!
We love her and will think of her every day!
Love, Ann
Ann Farmer
December 10, 2018
Fly, Butterfly, Fly!
You are deeply loved.
Ellen Moore
December 10, 2018
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