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Joan Sluggett Moore

Joan Sluggett Moore

Joan Sluggett Moore, 77, Rochester, Minn., died June 1, 2014, from complications of rheumatoid arthritis and other long-term health conditions.

Moore was born Nov. 7, 1936, in Indianapolis, Ind., to Ernest R. Sluggett and Marjorie (Van Horne) Sluggett. She graduated from Grosse Pointe High School (Michigan) in 1954, and from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1958 with a B.A. in journalism. She became a lifelong member of the Tri Delta sisterhood as a collegian. Following graduation, she worked for a year at WXYZ-TV in Detroit.

Moore married Gordon L. Moore II on June 12, 1959, at Grosse Pointe, Mich. After he earned the M.D. degree at the University of Michigan in 1960, they moved to Portland, Maine, where he completed an internal medicine internship and she taught fifth grade. She lived at Camp Lejeune, N.C., from 1961-63 while her husband was a battalion and regimental surgeon with the Second Division of the U.S. Marine Corps.

In 1963, Moore made Rochester, Minn., her home, as her husband joined the Mayo Clinic staff. In Rochester, Moore raised her three sons and was active in several community organizations, including the League of Women Voters, her sons' P.T.A. and Boy Scout groups, the Olmsted County Historical Society and the Paws and Claws Humane Society. She was also a member of Calvary Episcopal Church.

Moore was an enthusiastic mother, homemaker and chef who enjoyed reading, television and the arts. She and her husband moved to Charter House in 2006, and despite the limitations rheumatoid arthritis imposed on her body, she was a bright spirit, engaging conversationalist and quick wit until her death.

Moore was preceded in death by her husband Gordon (d. 5/21/13), parents, brother Jerome Sluggett, cousin Glenna Martin and two infant siblings. She is survived by her sons, the Hon. Gordon L. Moore III (Jane) of Worthington, Dr. Andrew G. Moore (Katherine) of Rochester, and Stephen S. Moore (Lynn) of Maple Grove; seven grandchildren; sisters-in-law and one brother-in-law; and four nieces and nephews.

At her request, Moore's body was donated to Mayo for medical research; her cremains will later be laid to rest with her husband's remains at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. A private family service is set for late June.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to either Paws & Claws Humane Society or Mayo Clinic Research Foundation are preferred.