Nancy Sr. Ignatia Ann Moore
April 17, 1929 ~ September 29, 2016
Nancy Irene Moore, daughter of Dr. Philip and Helen Moore, lived fully, joyously, compassionately, and with more zest than most of us can ever imagine. In many ways, her last day itself embodied her life. Full of coffee, ice cream, good conversation and a loving heart, Nancy departed this world on September 29th, eagerly looking forward to future adventure.
Nancy was born on April 17, 1929 in Portland, OR when the world would crash and be crippled beyond what many thought survivable. No doubt, Nancy’s determination and advocacy for her students was inspired by the troubled times that had changed the globe. Despite World War II, which would dominate a good part of her young adult years, Nancy celebrated life through drama and song. All who knew her loved to hear her sing. Her passion for life became a passion for God when she joined the Holy Names Order becoming Sr. Ignatia Ann. During these years, she worked tirelessly as a teacher, drama instructor, and director. Nancy pursued her theater dreams in London and was proud of her M.F.A. from Catholic University of America where she worked with Chris and Susan Sarandon. Later, she’d direct Donald O’Connor and produce stellar show after stellar show on the St. Mary’s Academy stage.
Times were changing and Nancy always embraced change. Though still devoted to her God and the church, Nancy left the convent. She continued to pursue her spirituality through a love of life and learning. To be with Nancy was to hear ideas spoken of, to discover new books, to eat food lovingly prepared, and to be accepted for one’s self. Aging parents brought her to Sequim, WA. Spending wonderful times on the water with her dad and sharing a love of good food and fun with her mom, Nancy spent many of these years teaching in Joyce. When she retired, Nancy continued to put her beliefs into action through volunteering with Hospice and in the adoption of elder dogs, dogs which no one else wanted.
Wherever Nancy went, whatever school she taught at, Nancy touched and changed lives. She saved them, too. She always opened her heart and home to those wounded by life’s hardships. Nancy was a compass to all, reminding those around her through her own behavior that the truly important things were to live in the now, savoring an excellent wine, seeing the beauty of flowers well-tended, and pursuing the arts to feed one’s soul.
One couldn’t ask for a more devoted friend or a person with a more generous spirit. Nancy brought out the very best in all those whose lives she touched.
She is survived by her younger loving siblings, Patricia Harrington and Michael Moore, a host of beloved nieces and nephews, a great many loyal friends, and a goddaughter, Ma?ire Creegan, who loved her more than could ever be said. The world will be emptier without her in it, but now she is encouraging us all in the words of Julian of Norwich, “All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.”
Details regarding a memorial for Nancy will be forthcoming.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sr. Ignatia Ann Scholarship, c/o St. Mary’s Academy, 1615 SW Fifth Ave., Portland, OR 97201