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: Caseycares.org
. 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 JustWaitAndSee.net
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.