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Moore, Mary Frances (3/6/1922 - 7/12/1962)

By San Diego Union

Mary Frances MooreMass was held at 8:10 on Monday morning of this week [July 15-21, 1962] at St. John of the Cross Church for Mary F. Moore, 40, a native Grovan and daughter of a pioneer Lemon Grove family.  Miss Moore, once famed locally as a girl and woman athlete, died [Thursday] July 12, in a San Diego hospital after a lingering illness.

Rosary was said at 7:45 p.m. on Sunday for Miss Moore.

SURVIVORS
Survivors included her mother, two sisters, and two brothers.  

Mary F. Moore had lived for the past few years at 2320 El Prado St., Lemon Grove—in the house where she grew up—with her mother and a sister.  The father built this home when he brought the family here in 1910.

PRO BASEBALL PLAYER
Operating a ranch in Riverside County for 17 years made up the major part of Miss Moore’s career, but she played in national and world league women’s professional baseball in 1948.  She pitched for the Rockford Peaches, a team headquartered in Rockford, Ill., which was one of the top women’s teams of that time.

As a child, Miss Moore attracted attention for being an outstanding softball player.  Horsemanship was her other main interest and she rode in many horse shows locally.

Thomas J. Moore, the father came to Lemon Grove after being a miner in Arizona.  He worked for 25 years with what was then the Lemon Grove-La Mesa-Spring Valley, and what is now the Helix Irrigation District.

Conrad’s Lemon Grove Mortuary handled funeral arrangements.  Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Contributed by: Helen Nordquist
Submitted on: 03/25/2017
Copyright: San Diego Union @7/17/1962

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