Betty Ann Moore

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Betty Ann Moore of Cherry Valley died Friday evening, November 23, 2012, following a courageous battle with ovarian cancer. She was able to beat breast cancer and put up a hard fight with ovarian cancer for two years before it finally took her life.


She was born March 5, 1943, a daughter of the late Stanley and Elizabeth Ruskowski of Cherry Valley.


Ms. Moore devoted her life to helping others. She would always give something to someone else before doing something for herself. Even while fighting cancer, she would put others before herself and never once complained about what she had to endure. Until the very end, when asked how she was, she always said “OK, I will be OK.”


She raised her four children, and once they were grown, she worked at the Tonidale Comfort Inn as a housekeeper before becoming disabled from total hip replacement surgery.


Ms. Moore loved to crochet and was always making baby blankets, hats, afghans, scarves and other creations for her family and those she knew.


Gardening was a passion of hers. Whether it was her vegetable garden or one of her many flower gardens, she spent much of her time tending to them. She also liked to can and freeze the vegetables, and her family always anxiously awaited the first jar of pickles to be ready each summer.


Playing Scrabble was another way she liked to spend her time. She was always eager to play a game with anyone who stopped by to visit, and would usually win by a landslide.


She was the beloved mother of Richard Moore of Cherry Valley, Susan Johnson of Imperial, Betsy Fischer of South Fayette and Michael Moore, who still lived at home with her in Cherry Valley. She will be greatly missed by her seven grandchildren, Maddie Johnson, Samantha Johnson, Matthew Johnson, Haley McGuane, Cole McGuane, Crystal Krynak and Hannah Fischer.


Surviving, in addition to her children and grandchildren, are two sisters, Justine (Sam) Markish of Cherry Valley and Shirley Crowley of South Carolina; a brother, Stanley Ruskowski of Cherry Valley; and numerous nieces and nephews.


Friends will be received from 11 a.m. until the time of service at 1 p.m. Tuesday, November 27, in Lee & Martin Funeral Home, 73 Highland Avenue, Burgettstown, with the Rev. Doug Reinard officiating. Interment will follow in Mount Prospect Cemetery, Hickory.


Memorial donations may be made in her memory to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, 2501 Oak Lawn Avenue, Suite 435 Dallas, TX 75219, www.ovariancancer.org.


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