Maxine ‘Maggie’ Virginia Frank Moore, 81

Maxine "Maggie" Virginia Frank Moore died on April 18, 2012.

She was born Jan. 23, 1931, in Cedarburg. Maggie was the fifth of six children born to Joseph and Grace (Dersch) Frank. Maggie received her bachelor’s and her master’s degrees in library science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Maggie married Benjamin Wells and they moved to California. Maggie and Ben had two children, Ellen and Steve. The marriage ended in dissolution.

In July 1974, Maggie met John "Jack" Moore at a Unitarian Church Family Camp in Mendocino, Calif. They were married in December 1975 and lived in Rancho Palos Verdes, Santa Clara and Los Gatos, before settling in Aptos, Calif. They travelled the world together, built a lovely home overlooking the ocean and were well-known for their hospitality. They shared a love of Shakespeare and enjoyed annual trips to see plays in Ashland.

Maggie was a reference librarian at the San Jose Public Library.

After her retirement, she took up painting and was actively involved in the Santa Cruz Art League. She also enjoyed the television show "Jeopardy," crosswords and gardening. Maggie was a voracious reader and always had a book in her hand.

Maggie was also a passionate Democrat and feminist. Her political activism included demonstrating for equal pay and rights for women, and supporting the numerous causes for peace, justice, equality and the environment. Maggie lived by the motto "Art before dishes." She will be remembered for her acerbic wit and keen intelligence.

Maggie is survived by her husband, Jack Moore, of Tumwater; daughter, Ellen Wells (Raj), of Ashland, Ore.; son, Steven Wells (Julia), of Sandy, Ore.; stepdaughters, Willow Moore of La Center, Wash.; Deborah Moore (Gary) and Jamie Moore (Bill) of Olympia, Wash.; grandchildren, Karina, Tabitha, Jackson, Melody, Phillip, Victor, Jessica, Laura, Rayne, Katherine and Emily; and great-grandchildren, Sebastian, Evan and Vanessa. Maggie is also survived by Ben Wells, her children’s father; and by brothers, Harry (LaVerne) Frank and James (Joyce) Frank of Wisconsin; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

There will be a Celebration of Life, Reception and Rose Fling on Sunday, May 20, 2012, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at South Sound Manor, 455 North St. SE, Tumwater, Wash., 98501. Guests are invited to bring a poem or memory of Maggie. Roses will be provided.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Planned Parenthood or the liberal cause or charity of your choice.