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Betty Owen Moore
October 3, 2023
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Betty Owen Moore died peacefully at home on October 3, 2023. She was 92 and often commented that she had enjoyed a wonderful life and wouldn’t change anything about it. She was a native of Asheville and the only child of Edward Lee Owen and Mary Hattie Woody Owen. She grew up having wonderful times at her paternal grandparents’ farm in Madison County and at her maternal grandparents’ farm in Anderson, South Carolina. She enjoyed fishing with her dad on Davidson River and driving a race car around the local track. She was always quick-witted and happy with a smile for everyone. Betty loved playing bridge and Rummikub with friends and any games with family. She was a tennis player and loved horses, especially the Kentucky Derby.
She was married to William C. “Bill” Moore, who predeceased her. Family was everything to her. Bill, and their three children, Bud, Lee and Scott; their daughter-in-law Tracy; and their grandchildren Marissa Moore-Mann (husband, Kolby), Mason Moore, Miles Moore, Noah Moore (fiancée, Hailey Natiello) and Hunter Moore were truly the loves of her life, and they all adored her. She enjoyed an active social life with friends from all walks of life and will be missed by so many.
After graduating from Greensboro College with a BA degree and before starting her family, she was a primary grade teacher in the public schools for 8 years. In 1979 she became a residential sales agent with Beverly-Hanks & Associates, where she received many awards for her outstanding sales record and for her exemplary service to her clients. After a 41-year career in real estate, she retired in 2020 at the age of 89. Ever active in the community, she was a past president of the Children’s Welfare League, a past president of the Asheville Symphony Guild, a past member of the Potpourri Garden Club, past president of Buncombe County Women’s Democratic Party and a member of the Asheville Country Club. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Asheville where she served as an Elder in the class of 1980. She loved to travel and particularly enjoyed Thailand, riding elephants, Italy, seeing Michaelangelo’s statue of David and England, seeing Big Ben. She loved her trips with the “Cruds,” as they called themselves, many of whom have predeceased her, and the “Birthday Girls.” Her family’s beach trips were always a highlight each year. But best of all, she loved Western North Carolina.
A service to celebrate her life will be at 1:00 pm on Saturday, October 21st, in the Campbell Chapel of the First Presbyterian Church in Asheville, The family will greet friends in the church library afterwards. A private family interment will be held in the church’s memorial garden prior to service.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Betty’s honor to: Crossfire Ministries, 22 C New Leicester Hwy, PMB #145, Asheville NC 28806 or visit their website Crossfireministry.com