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March 31, 1913 – Friday, June 17, 2011

Service Information
The Peterson Chapel Buffalo
Friday June 24, 2011
2:00 p.m.

Visitation Information

Ruth E. Moore
Ruth Evelyn (Bjore) Moore, age 98 passed away peacefully at her home in Buffalo, Minnesota surrounded by her family on Friday, June 17, 2011.

Ruth was born on March 31, 1913 on the family farm in Wendell, Minnesota to Truls & Gurine (Baasen) Bjore. She was the eighth of nine children. She grew up in Wendell and went to school there through the 11th grade. They did not offer 12th grade in Wendell so Ruth rode a train to Minneapolis and lived with her older sister Agnes and her family where Ruth attended 12th grade in St. Louis Park, Minnesota and graduated in 1932.

Ruth had many memories of growing up on a farm in Wendell. They had to walk 1½ miles to school. If it was really cold in the wintertime, her dad would take the kids to school in the sleigh. Her mom would heat up bricks to use to keep their feet warm. In the summertime, if it was really hot, the kids would sleep outside on the ground as it was cooler than sleeping in the house. They did not have electricity so they used kerosene and gas lamps for light. Ruth’s mother Gurine would flatten tin cans and cut out various animals freehand from them that could stand up. Her brother George built Ruth and her brother Jimmy each a miniature house and barn in the woods that they would play with. Ruth loved looking through the Sears Roebuck Catalog and cutting out people and clothes to use for paper dolls.

On May 11, 1955, Ruth met De L. Moore on a Greyhound bus on her way to Billings, Montana. It was love at first sight and they were married on September 25, 1955 in Anchorage, Alaska as De was stationed there in the U.S. Army. Being an Army wife, they moved to Fort Lewis, Washington in 1957 and to Bamberg, Germany in 1959. While they were stationed in Bamberg, they adopted their daughter, Debra Lynn, when she was only 32 hours old. They moved back to Fort Lewis, Washington in 1961 and to Buffalo, Minnesota in 1963.

Ruth worked at the Baldwin Truck Stop in Buffalo for her sister Gilma and brother-in-law Howard Baldwin. In 1966, the family moved into the Buffalo Hotel to become the caretakers and to run the café that was next to it. Ruth would get up really early in the mornings and bake cookies and pies from scratch, along with donuts. She was a great cook and loved baking things. She started working at Ben Franklin around 1968 and retired from there in 1975. Around 1984, Ruth became the caretaker of the Guardian Angels apartment complex in Zimmerman. She moved back to Buffalo in 1987 and spent her winters in Apache Junction, Arizona. In January 1996, Ruth moved to Phoenix and came back to Buffalo for six weeks every summer. In November 2007, Ruth and her dog Nipper moved back to Buffalo permanently and lived in a beautiful apartment overlooking Buffalo Lake that she just loved.

Ruth was very active after she retired. While living in Phoenix, she went to aerobics three times a week, played on a shuffleboard league two times a week, was the Treasurer for bingo, grilled all the sausages every Saturday for pancake breakfasts, plus walked her dog Nipper every morning and evening. She loved baking cookies and pies for her friends in the park she lived in. She made her grand-daughters very detailed Barbie doll furniture out of plastic canvas. Volunteering was also a large part of her life. When she was in her early 80’s, she went roller skating with the Girl Scouts. In her late 80’s and early 90’s, she volunteered at the local Girl Scout Day Camp and at the Fishing Klinic for Kids. Many family gatherings for the various holidays were held at her apartment. She loved to cook and bake for her family, read, do word puzzle books, play solitaire, 7-Up and Rummy, go camping with her daughter Deb and son-in-law Clay, watch The Price is Right, Wheel of Fortune and the Minnesota Twins baseball games, listen to her grand-daughters Jamie and Sara sing karaoke, play with her great grand-daughter Mackenzie, go out for coffee with her son-in-law Clay and the guys at Brooks, and eat tootsie rolls!

She was a wonderful person, daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and friend. She is survived by her daughter Debbie (Clay) O’Flanagan of Buffalo, grand-daughters Jamie (David) Parks of Waverly and Sara (Troy) Winter of Moorhead, great grand-daughter Mackenzie Parks of Waverly, sister-in-law Dorothy Bjore of Phoenix, Arizona, her dog and faithful companion Buster, and many other relatives and friends.

Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, De L. Moore in 1976, all eight of her brothers and sisters, Gustine (Ole) Sandvick, Agnes (Everett) Tracy, Rudolph Bjore, Esther (Edward) Ellingson, Gilma (Howard) Baldwin, Myrtle (Arnold) Soliah, George Bjore, James (Mildred) Bjore, and her parents.

A celebration of life service will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, June 24, 2011 at the Peterson Chapel, 119 Central Avenue in Buffalo, Minnesota. Visitation will start at 1:00 PM on Friday until the time of the service. Interment will follow at the Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Buffalo, Minnesota. Memorials or donations in her name to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure or the American Cancer Society are preferred in lieu of flowers.

The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo is proud to serve the family.
The Peterson Chapel is proud to be serving the family.

7 Guestbook Entries

  1. Julie Howard

    I have great memories of my Great Aunt Ruth and playing with my cousin Debbie when I visited them in Buffalo. Aunt Ruth was full of energy & always seemed so happy. I’m glad she did not suffer long and she is now in her special place in heaven.

  2. Vivian Jane Bjore

    Aunt Ruth has been the center of so many things in my life. Growing up there was always a birthday card and gift of money. Her love of life and people was so uplifting and just her presence brought a feeling of warmth and caring I will always remember. She was so proud of her family and friends. She loved deeply and was deeply loved. She was a ray of sunshine and her sense of humor brought many smiles and laughs. She will be missed so very much.

  3. Olaf and Ruth Sandvick

    Our sympathies are with you. So glad we could be with her in May for the wedding. Love you all.

  4. Joe and Renae Wanner

    Deb, Clay and family: We are so sorry for the loss of Aunt Ruthie. We send our sympathy and prayers to all of you. I will never forget the fond memories of Aunt Ruthie. I always thought of her as my grandmother as she looked so much like my grandmother, Gustine. Love to all.
    Joe and Renae and Family

  5. Jamie Parks

    I will never forget the countless games of Rummy and 7-up that we have played over the years. The sleepovers, walking to Brooks from Barrington, eating peanut butter cups for dessert, and many more that would make the list endless. I will also cherish the memories of making up plays/dance routines and having you watch my sister and I perform them. You loved that!!! And the most important thing, I will cherish the time that you had with Mackenzie and the pictures that we can look at forever and forever. The book that we recorded for Mackenzie is one of hers and my favorites! I will miss you dearly and be thinking about you every day. I love you!

  6. Tom Corrigan

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Deb and the family. Ruth is up in heaven with all the Bjores playing shuffle board. Love to all; Tom, Lisa, Derek and Jack Corrigan. Son of Mary Lorraine Tracy Corrigan

  7. Linda McKnight

    Deb, I will always remember your Mom and how she always had a kind word and smile and so caring. It was so special that you called SNB and put her on the phone and she told all of us that she loved us. That will always be a great memory for me as well as so many more over the last 34+ years that I knew her. The things you said at her celebration were so great! I know she was so proud of you and your family. I’m always here for you! I Love You! Love, Linda


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