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Mary Cathleen Moore

05/02/1945
07/08/2023

On July 8th, 2023, the world lost a sweet, sweet beautiful soul. Mary Cathleen Moore was the most selfless, loving, and giving person to all who knew her. She went to be with the angels, but she’s always had wings. She was born in San Antonio, TX on May 2nd, 1945, to Paul and Carlene (Little) Hinkley.  Her parents soon moved back to Michigan to live on the family farm in Evart, and eventually moved to Clarkston where Mary graduated from high school in 1963.  She went on to attend Western Michigan University, achieving a Bachelor’s Degree in Music and Elementary Education.  Mary had a beautiful voice, performing some, and singing always.

Mary married Richard Moore on August 10th, 1968, and they had three children: Kristen, Jenny, and Jason.  They moved to Traverse City, Michigan where Mary was a devoted teacher at Kingsley Area Schools, retiring after 36 years of service. Mary loved reading, nature, wildlife, flowers, and most of all – the Grand Traverse Bay. She worked tirelessly to support kids – her students and her own children, alike. She was such a hard worker who would unconditionally do whatever was needed. She was a coach, a driver, a tutor, a spectator, a comforter, an encourager, an inspirer, and she often worked behind the scenes for school, church, and community events. Her advice to her kids was to “Keep love in your hearts”, and she radiated this mantra.

She lived for and is survived by her 3 children Kristen (Dave) Cove, Jennifer (Wayne) Wasilenski, and Jason Moore. She has 6 grandchildren (“her babies” as she called them) Emmett, Ashton, Ellie, Ty, Johnathan, and Molly. She took care of, loved, and supported them all so very deeply. Mary has three brothers who she adored:  Paul Hinkley, Tim (Dawn) Hinkley, and Jim Hinkley along with her 3 nieces Shawn, Andrea, and Lolinthea.  Her family was her greatest source of pride and joy.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Activities Department at Maple Ridge Manor in Lowell, MI, ℅ Heidi Barber. A memorial service will be held at Kirkbride Hall in the Village of Grand Traverse Commons, 700 Cottage View Dr., Suite 200, TC, MI 49684 on Saturday, August 5th, at 2:00 pm. Interment will be at Forest Hill Cemetery in Evart, MI at 1:00 pm on Sunday, August 6th.

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Activities Department @ Maple Ridge Manor

12020 Foreman St SE

Lowell, MI, 49331

℅ Heidi Barber

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12 Responses

  1. Mary was truly a beautiful soul. I feel blessed to have spent many years teaching with her. She was a wonderful teacher and a loving parent. I’m sending my love to the family as they remember their mother.

  2. Such a lovely description of Mary’s life. I feel so fortunate to have known her and her beautiful family.

  3. Our dear sweet Mary is now with the Angels😇. She was a positive in my life and many others from our Class of 1963 from Clarkston. She could break into a song any time. She will be missed by many. Love to her family and beautiful grandchild who she loved!

  4. One of the greatest human beings I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing. Aunt Mary, I hope you know how much I love you and how much joy and laughter you gave all of us. I will miss you every day for the rest of my life, and every time I see a beautiful flower arrangement or feel the wind rustle my hair, I’ll know it’s you and my heart will be happy. Every time I retell one of your hysterical Crazy Mary stories, i know you’ll be right next to me laughing that beautiful laugh. Until we meet again Lola, I love you forever ❤️

  5. My cousin Mary was filled with love and it went forward to others with her contagios laughter. Our world has one less beautiful soul.

  6. Mary was my dearest friend. We taught beside each other at Kingsley Elementary for years and we delighted in the accomplishments of our first graders. Our daughters, Kristin and Becky were best friends. We worked together to build Kingsley Branch Library. We had so much fun over the years! We shared in each other’s joy and pain. My husband Duane called Mary B W. Beautiful woman. She was beautiful in every way!

  7. My deepest sympathy to Mary’s family and dearest friends… I only reconnected at our 60th High School Reunion..Trudy, Mary and I were so privileged to have stayed at Blair’s beautiful home that weekend…So many laughs and stories…our memories are our treasures we have a lifetime. In friendship, Marcia Booth Candido Windsor, Ontario

  8. A sweet voice, a wonderful chuckle and laugh, and an angel on earth, and now also in heaven.
    We loved her, and it was always a pleasure to have her near. Hugs, love and comfort to her
    wonderful family. Kirk and Jill Hinkley

  9. Mary was a special person to work with! After working with Mary for 30 years you really know what a great teacher and caring person she was. May the good lord bless Mary!

  10. Im so sorry to hear of Mary’s death. Her love for her family was so evident in all our conversations. Mary often stopped by my classroom at school to offer words of encouragement. As a new first grade teacher this meant so much to me. I will always remember her kindness , creativity and beautiful singing voice. My thoughts, love and prayers are with you all.

  11. Mary will be missed. Always ready to laugh or offer a shoulder to cry on. She set the example for us on how to get the most out of life and enjoy the process … no matter what. RIP cousin. Love Tom and Lena Beeson

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Memorial Contributions:

Activities Department @ Maple Ridge Manor

12020 Foreman St SE

Lowell, MI, 49331

℅ Heidi Barber