Written by The Herald-News
Memorial services for Fay Moore were held at 10 a.m. Monday, July 8, 2013. Pastor Johnette Grefe officiated at the service at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Westby; interment of cremated remains will be in Emmaus Cemetery. Jeremiah Paine was lector; ushers were Brian and Doug Tommerup; and the staff and residents of Faith Lutheran Home and all of Fay’s other family and friends were recognized as honorary bearers.
Fay, 70, died Tuesday evening, July 2, at Faith Lutheran Home in Wolf Point, where she had been a resident for some time.
The eldest of three daughters of John and Dorothy (Nelson) Tommerup, Fay was born at Kelso, Wash., Aug. 25, 1942. She grew up on the family farm in Divide County, N.D., and attended school in Westby, graduating from Westby High School in 1960.
The next year she moved to Helena and married James Moore Nov. 7, 1963. Fay worked at Sears for six years, then started with the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks. After more than 20 years with FWP as an administrative assistant, Fay retired as her health declined.
Fay was very involved in her church and served as president of the church council at St. John’s Lutheran Church. She loved to play cards and boardgames and loved movies – she especially liked to see independent films at Helena’s Myrna Loy Theatre. She enjoyed planting and tending flowers.
As a child, her parents could not keep her out of the books and her love of reading continued the rest of her life. As a child on her grandmother Christine's bed, she started stitching anything she could learn and that became one of her favorite childhood memories.
After retirement, Fay along with her very, very good friend, Julie Dess, opened a quilt fabric shop called “Scraps of Heaven.” She believed in the saying, "Whoever dies with the most fabric, wins" — well, she had to be in the running!
Her next favorite pastimes were cooking and baking and her three children either picked up her love for quilting, cooking or baking.
From the time she was a small child, Fay always had at least one dog and cherished family memories included traveling to regional events where her children showed dogs. She loved them all, but her Irish Setters had a special place in her heart.
Fay’s sparkling smile and ringing laugh would fill a room — there was no mistaking Fay’s joyous presence.
Her family suggests memorials to the Faith Lutheran Home Alzheimer's Unit in Wolf Point, or to the Alzheimer's Association.
Fay is survived by her father, John Tommerup, and her sisters, Elgene Smith and Kay Tommer-up, all of Westby; her daughter, Stephanie Paine and her husband, Joseph, with children Nathaniel, Jeremiah and Adam, all of Wolf Point; her daughter, Kristina Branson and her husband, Christopher, with children Claire, Connor and Kevin, all of Rose-ville, Calif.; and her son Jonathan Moore and his wife, Molly, with children James and Abrahm, all of Billings.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim, in 1990; her mother, Dorothy, in 2006; and her brother-in-law, Rod Smith, in 2012.
Fulkerson Funeral Home of Plentywood had charge of arrangements: read the complete obituary, post remembrances, send cards and flowers online at www.fulkersonsplentywood.com.