Alberta Lund Moore
Alberta Lund Moore passed away peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, May 31, 2009. She was at her home, surrounded in love with three generations of her family. Alberta was 94 years young and had lived a wonderful life, full of love, fortitude and grace.
Alberta was born to Swedish parents in Longmont. Her family farmed wheat and sugar beets. As a girl, she was known to bring her father coffee in the fields wearing long stockings on her arms to protect her fair porcelain skin. Together she and her sister Lorraine walked to and from school each day and lived an honest country life.
At the young age of 21, Alberta met James E. Moore. Jim was enchanted as he saw Alberta working behind the Woolworth’s counter in Longmont. She always told the story that Jim would come in the front, circle her counter and go out the back, again and again. They were married Dec. 28, 1936, and the following day, they bounced over Independence Pass in their Model A Ford to the quiet town of Aspen. Jim had agreed to be the town’s barber at the Hotel Jerome. Looking over the dilapidated buildings and dirt streets, she swore she would never stay here, because in her words, “Aspen was a dump.” However, time passed and Alberta settled into a life well lived in Aspen for 73 years.
Alberta was a woman who believed in hard work. She and Jim opened Aspen’s first motel, the Moore’s Court. For years, she hand washed and ironed the bedding and towels while keeping everything clean and tidy. She raised three children, Sally, Jane and Tom, and kept her courage up as they ski raced down the mountains. She held the family together and was a mother to many.
As time passed, Alberta began volunteering at the Aspen Thrift Shop. For more than 50 years, she could be found sizing pants, matching socks, and putting away new donations where they belonged. She loved to tell her old Aspen stories to anyone who came through the door. Her sense of humor brought joy to all, and her work ethic kept everyone moving.
Alberta was also a member of Aspen’s oldest and longest running women’s organization, The Literary Club, which still thrives today. For more than 50 years she attended the monthly meetings, and once a year she would polish up her house to host the membership gathering. There was always a “secret sister” to surprise, and what dear sisters they were to each other.
In 2001, Aspen honored Alberta and Jim by naming them to Aspen’s Hall of Fame. Alberta also got a kick out of being the Winterskol Queen a few years back, riding in the horse-drawn carriage down main street. Three years ago she was recognized as the Aspen Elks Club Citizen of the Year. All of this she took in stride, but also was so proud.
Alberta and Jim strongly valued Aspen, the community they loved. They recognized a responsibility to give back and did so through volunteering and by donating land for the schools and public swimming pool. Alberta loved nature and enjoyed watching the abundant wildlife from her beautiful home up Maroon Creek. Even though Aspen changed so greatly through the course of Alberta’s life, she was always optimistic and told us that if you just look up at the mountains, it’s really still the same.
Alberta’s personality touched all who met her. She went out of her way to talk to others, made friends with anyone, and certainly spread smiles all around. In the months preceding her death, she was fortunate to spend time with cherished friends and family, as everyone came to see her. We are forever grateful to all the wonderful people who helped her and our family as Alberta was preparing to fly away. Many thanks to Hospice and Your Friends for Life. Aspen’s loving community has been amazing, and our appreciation abounds.
Alberta’s passing will leave a void in many of our hearts. Her six great-grandchildren have been blessed with wonderful memories of playing and working alongside their dear “Mooma.” We will always remember her loving smile, her kind words and her concern for others above all else.
She is survived by her son, Tom, daughter Jane, and the rest of her extended family.
Her spirit is all around us.
Her loving kindness and sense of humor will be deeply missed.
There will be a memorial get-together to celebrate her life in a few weeks, date to be determined later.
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