Beverly “Gummy” Moore (nee, Taylor), 86, peacefully passed away in the Chehalis home she grew up in, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. She was born in Chehalis, Wash., to George and Minnie Taylor (nee, Aust-Wilson), June 12, 1933.
After briefly attending Boistfort Valley schools, Beverly transferred to the Chehalis public schools. Upon graduation in 1951, she and two girlfriends embarked on a three year adventure living and working in such places as Seattle, San Francisco and Hilo, Hawaii (prior to Hawaii becoming a state). One of the highlights of her youth was sharing her love of ballroom dancing with others as an instructor at an Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Hawaii.
Beverly married Jerry “J.T.” Moore in 1955. They lived in Seattle for three years while he finished law school at the University of Washington. After that time, they relocated to Centralia where they raised their three children amidst the tight knit community of friends in the neighborhood on Mayberry Road.
“Gummy” was a devoted and loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a good friend to many; especially to those who were lonely or in need. Beverly was quick to smile and to laugh. She loved a good joke! Beverly loved warm sunny days, spending time with family and friends, watching good movies and listening to big band music. She was a patriot who took her right to vote very seriously and would spend hours staying informed of what was happening in the world through FOX News Network. Over the past several years, Beverly received a great deal of comfort and joy through a special relationship with her precious kitties.
She is survived by her daughter, Allison; son, Clyde (Leslie) and daughter-in-law, Prudencia Moore; grandchildren, Amedee Moore Royer (Douglas), Jetton Moore, Kylie Moore Melendez (Carlos), Austin Moore, Joceline Moore, Mediko Moore and Kinsley Moore; great-grandchildren, Austin, Adelee, Abigail Royer and Marcel Melendez; as well as several nieces and nephews; and her four “kitty” friends, Google, Silky, Frosty and Carmel.
Beverly was preceded in death by her spouse, Jerry; son, Taylor; brother, Melvin “Mole” Wilson; and her three sisters, Vera “Bobo” Whitted, Phyllis Brown and Eileen “Tina” Hasson.
Per Beverly's request, there will be no memorial service, but those who would like to make a memorial donation in her honor can do so online through KittyKatHaven.org and or by mail to: Kitty Kat Haven, P.O. Box 306, Chehalis, WA 98532.
The family would like to express heartfelt thanks to the many dear friends who have been so loving and supportive during this sad time (you know who you are). We’d also like to thank the professionals at Providence SoundHome Care and Hospice for their help and guidance.