In Loving Memory of
April 17, 1958 – December 19, 2020
A Virtual Celebration of Life Gathering was held on January 30, 2021 at 7:00 PM EST
Marci Sue Moore, 62, of St. Petersburg, Florida, took her last breath in the early morning hours of December 19th after almost two years of living with metastatic breast cancer. Her wife, brother, sister-in-law and the amazing care team at Suncoast Hospice Mid-Pinellas Care Center were at her side as she transitioned to the next life.
Marci is survived by her wife, Pam Williams; her mother, Gloria (Sue) Moore; brothers Marvin (Phong), Paul (Jenny) and Joel (Amy); her Moore nephews Mikey (Amber), Chad (Chelsea), Zachary, Clayton (Grace) and Josh; her wife’s family, who she loved like her own: Cindy Williams, David (Karen) Williams and Daryl, Kim & Wesley Gramling and Robyn Mallery; and Idrissa, the brother she met and “adopted” in Rwanda. She will be missed by other friends and family around the world, especially her beloved Life is a Verb and Womanhood Weekend communities. She was predeceased by her father, Shields and her brother Mark (Kay).
When Marci’s mom was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1995, the fragility of life prompted a dream; that dream compelled Marci to finally tell Pam how she felt about her. They had grown to care deeply for one another other over the course of a five-year friendship. That friendship formed the foundation of a love that grew deeper over their almost 26 years together. In 2013, when they were legally allowed to do so, they were married on Whidbey Island, one of their favorite places. Together Marci and Pam explored the world, learned, cracked each other up, cried at sappy movies (and sometimes commercials), celebrated weddings and births and graduations, rode their tandem recumbent bicycle, debated heartily, worked puzzles of all kinds, cruised, cheered on their niece and nephews at sports events and performances, supported causes they cared about, collected art and friends wherever they went and shared grief and burdens.
Marci was a member of Lake Seminole Presbyterian Church, where she and Pam were active in the adult bible study group and frequently gathered members for Tuesday night movies (pre-COVID).
Marci was a member of a very rare species: Florida native. Born at St. Joseph’s hospital, she lived in the Tampa Bay area for most of her life. As the only girl among 4 boys, there were plenty of wild adventures in her early years – from swimming in a lake with an alligator named Albert to trying to send her brother Marvin to the moon in a rocket made from an old washing machine. While she loved her brothers dearly, when her brother Paul was born, her mother frequently found her praying beside his crib: “God, please change him into a girl.”
She wasn’t a princess among her brothers, but her dad’s ingenuity did give her the chance to be a mermaid after hearing her repeat “I want to be a mermaid” endlessly on the way home from Weeki Watchee Springs one weekend. With a bicycle, a hose and an air compressor rigged up beside the lake, he created a water-based memory she would always treasure.
Marci always marched to her own drum. When she found traditional high school wasn’t for her, she left and enrolled in Mirror Lake Adult Learning Center, where she met Sherry Oliver, a mentor who had a profound impact on her life. The smaller class sizes and individual attention were perfect for an introvert like her and she graduated ahead of her high school class. She went on to attend East Tennessee State University, where she met Dr. Flora Joy, another teacher and mentor, and eventually came back to Florida where she graduated from the University of South Florida with a degree in accounting.
Marci spent the early part of her career as a nonprofit executive, later building a consulting practice (Nonprofit Finance Pros/Innergized) with Pam where they traveled around the world helping clients navigate transition and crisis. Marci loved the work and clients became lifelong friends.
Marci’s real passion, however, was writing. She wrote to understand and process the world. Over the years she had poems and essays published and started a small neighborhood newspaper with her brothers. They called it Justice, and the tag line was “Where else can you get justice for a nickel?” She wrote the advice column, “Dear Blabby.” In 2019 she realized a lifelong dream when her book, Love Letters from Your Life, with co-author, dear friend and mentor Mary Anne Radmacher, was published. We are grateful to the band of angels who helped make that dream a reality.
Marci was a love advocate and an encourager. No person was insignificant to her. Starting up a conversation with a complete stranger was one of her greatest joys. She believed in saying how she felt and held nothing back when it came to love. She believed deeply that there was good in the world and that people and relationships were precious gifts to be treasured. In her last few days, what she wanted more than anything was for people to know she loved them. She would want you to do the same.
We are thankful for the care Marci received from Dr. Nurridin Jooma and the team at Florida Cancer Specialists (Highland Office); Dr. Kevin Tralins and his team; Dr. Nick Okeson and the staff at Tristar Med; the Empath Palliative Care Team; and Drs. Waechter and Escobales and the team at Suncoast Hospice Mid-Pinellas Care Center (Woodside).
We are deeply grateful for the many people who sent funds for Operation Taxi, a legacy project, before Marci’s death. If you wish to honor her memory at this time, donations to the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation, Everytown for Gun Safety, Suncoast Hospice or METAvivor, Inc. would be greatly appreciated.