Gracelouise (G.L.) Moore

1930 – 2023

Gracelouise (G.L.) Sims Moore joined her husband, Dr. Edgar B. Moore, in eternal rest May 19. She was with family when she passed away.

She turned 93 recently. Her long life was full of love. She was married to Dr. Moore for 65 years. (He was an emeritus professor in history at Baldwin Wallace University and passed away in 2017.) They lived in Berea, Ohio and had three children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. They shared a passion for travel and visited countries on three continents. They were frequently joined by family members on many of the trips.

She spent her professional life as a registered nurse at Southwest General Hospital. She was a skilled surgical nurse ultimately focusing on orthopedics. She was dedicated to the highest standard of patient care at all stages of surgery, including children scheduled for procedures. She helped develop “Pediatric Parties” at the hospital to introduce the children and their families to the process. They learned about the hospital personnel and equipment they would see and toured the operating room and other parts of the hospital. The experience and the opportunity for all the family members to ask questions helped allay their concerns.

She did much to preserve the past for future generations. She was a long-time member of the Genealogical Committee of the Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland, Ohio. She worked to organize events to help members of the public research their family histories. She served as its chair for a period of time.

She was appointed editor of the Tapestry of Faith (2003), a history of Methodism in the Cleveland area. She was joined by members of other churches from all over the area. They compiled the history of some 118 churches, including the 51 still extant. For her leadership she was named Historian of the Year by the United Methodist Historical Society of Ohio.

She will be remembered for living a high energy life even at the end. The day before her passing she was with her physical therapist working to overcome the weakness in her legs due to COVID-19 that she contracted earlier this year. In lieu of flowers, her family requests that any contributions be made to the United Methodist Church of Berea, 170 Seminary Street, Berea, Ohio 44017, (440) 234-3525, or Baldwin Wallace University, Department of History, 279 Front St., Berea, Ohio 44017, (440) 826-2104.