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Roberta Celeste Hockett

April 26, 1917 - January 5, 2018

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Roberta Celeste Hockett (Moore)
April 26, 1917-January 5, 2018
Roberta Moore was born in John Day, Oregon. She was the eldest child of Robert G. and Louise (Anthony) Moore. She was born at the home of Walter and Jennie Fields to be nearer to the Doctor.
A chinook wind started that day and melted the snow in the Blue Mountains, causing flooding of the John Day River and many creeks. Robert rode horseback from the J.C.Moore ranch to John Day to greet his daughter and claimed to be the last person to cross the bridges...

Roberta Celeste Hockett (Moore)
April 26, 1917-January 5, 2018
Roberta Moore was born in John Day, Oregon. She was the eldest child of Robert G. and Louise (Anthony) Moore. She was born at the home of Walter and Jennie Fields to be nearer to the Doctor.
A chinook wind started that day and melted the snow in the Blue Mountains, causing flooding of the John Day River and many creeks. Robert rode horseback from the J.C.Moore ranch to John Day to greet his daughter and claimed to be the last person to cross the bridges before they were washed away in the flood.
Roberta was taken to their home on the J.C. Moore Ranch , the house built by Robert's grandfather, Harvey Fields. It was built of 2x6 lumber notched together to be used as a shelter in case of and Indian raid.
She was followed by two brothers, Jerry and Kirk.
Her mother, Louise, was a school teacher and taught in Monument, Mt Vernon, Fox Valley and Mt. View. Louise and the children moved to Monument and Fox Valley.
Roberta spent her childhood in Grant County and attended 5 different schools. She graduated from Mt. Vernon H.S. in 1935.
She graduated from Oregon Normal School in Monmouth with a teachers certificate after two years.
She taught school at Three Mile School near, Ritter, where she rode horseback 2 miles to school, washed the floors, built the fire every day and prepared hot lunch three days a week. There were 8 children in 7 grades.
The Moore's moved to Wallowa County in 1938. She taught in the 2 room school on Alder Slope 1-4 grades, primary at Lostine and 5th grade at Wallowa.
In July 1943 she went by train to Palm Beach, FL to enter the U.S. Coast Guard Women's Reserve, called the SPARS ( Semper Paratus, Always Ready) . Completed boot camp and training school in Palm Beach Florida and became a Yeoman 3rd Class.
She served in San Diego and San Pedro, discharged in December 1945 and returned to Enterprise where she taught 3rd grade for half a year.
She married Jay C. Hockett in August 1946, a teacher who taught in Enterprise. The next year they moved to Lakeview where he had taught before the War. They next moved to fro 5 years Newberg and Roberta substituted there.
She had two children, Wade, born in 1952 and Kay born in 1954. They moved to NE Portland in 1954 and Jay taught at Grant High School 1954-1977. Roberta was Room Mother and volunteer when the children were at Alameda Grade School. When they started high school she went back to teaching first at John Ball School and as a teacher's aide in Roosevelt and at Beaumont during the next 9 years, teaching arts and crafts, retiring in 1977
After a two month trip with family around the United States, they returned and became volunteers at Snowcap and Laubach Literacy. They became Square Dancers and spent a lot of time dancing.
After Wade's children were born they became "Carny Grandparents" travelling with Rainier Shows Carnival to look after the kids for their daughter in law, Isobel at Fairs in Washington State. they were the gofers, cooks, housekeepers and cared for Will and Esther. In 1985 they went with the family to New Zealand to visit Isobel's family and went on to tour
Australia.
Jay died in March 2002 and Roberta move to Parkview Christian Retirement Home in 2003. There she served as Chairwoman of the Resident Committee, interviewed new residents for the newsletter and planted lots of flowers.
Jay and Roberta were married in the Community Church and became Presbyterians in Lakeview. They attended Westminster Presbyterian Church in Portland, where she taught Sunday School for 17 years and Jay sang in the choir. They both served as Deacons. They joined Savage Memorial Presbyterian Church in 1971 and attended there the rest of their years.
Roberta is survived by son Wade, and two grandchildren Will and Esther and daughter in law, Isobel Veen. Daughter Kay (Rhoda) Hockett her husband Jim Cobb and two grandchildren Forrest and Theora and three great-grandchildren from Theora, Leif, Saul and Serene.

A Memorial Service will be held at Savage Memorial Presbyterian Church on Saturday, January 27th at 3pm.