Marcy Anne Doremus Moore

1947 – 2023

With a heavy heart, we announce the passing of Marcy Anne Doremus Moore due to complications from Parkinson’s disease. Marcy was born In Minneapolis, Minnesota, on March 18, 1947, to Charles and Betty Doremus. She loved growing up in Minnesota. Her fondest memories were of boating, swimming, and visiting Bearskin lake, where her parents had a cabin. She also enjoyed the winters playing in the snow, and ice skating on frozen ponds, with dreams of becoming an Olympic skater.

Much to her chagrin, her family moved to Texas in the 1950s when she was in the third grade. She missed her childhood home but understood she had to move on. Marcy attended Thomas Jefferson High School in North Dallas, where she danced for the drill team, earning a chance to perform at the Cotton Bowl.

Marcy excelled in school. After stints at SMU and Oklahoma Universities, she yearned for new experiences and headed west.

She ultimately followed a friend to California, transferring to UCSB in 1967, where she fell in love with the city and her future husband. Marcy received her BA and Masters’s at UCSB as an honor student and later became an adjunct professor at Santa Barbara City College. She taught sociology courses for 40 years, significantly impacting young students’ lives. She was well-liked by her teaching associates and worked tirelessly, eventually earning (FACC) Part-Time Faculty Member of the Year for California in 2016.

Marcy had an adventurous spirit and a great smile she carried all her life. After marrying fellow UCSB alum Vernon Moore in 1972, they traveled to Europe and Mexico, enjoying many adventurous and fun experiences before starting a family. With her two sons, Evan and Morgan, she developed many friendships from all their activities over the years. Her social network was an essential part of her life as she loved to play host for events like book club, and her traditional Academy Awards party. In addition, she loved her birthday; with family and friends, making sure there were plenty of desserts and the Rolling Stones were playing so everyone could dance. She also became quite the white wine enthusiast, prompting visits to wineries wherever her travels would take her. She especially loved visits to British Columbia, Vancouver and Montana enjoying the beautiful landscapes and national parks.

Marcy was active, as she loved to ski, swim, hike and walk with her beagles. She was a fierce lover of dogs and often donated to organizations trying to save endangered species, especially wolves. Marcy was a kind and passionate person with a zest for life. She will be missed by so many.

She is survived by her husband Vernon, sons Evan and Morgan; daughters-in-law Stacey and Liz, and grandchildren Rilynn and Grady; her sisters-in-law Charlotte Tanner , Karen Galindo, Carol Doremus and brother in-law Joe Hannan as well as Sister Maureen Hannan and brother Charles Doremus.

A celebration of life will be held later in the spring. We also thank Central Coast Hospice for their compassion and care, allowing Marcy to pass peacefully at home.


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