Dawn Olivien (Keck) Moore, age 84, passed away peacefully on September 3, 2023.
Dawn was born October 2, 1938 in Monroe, Washington. She was the third of three children of Emil and Berniece Keck. She grew up in Sultan and Moscow, Idaho where she graduated high school in 1956, and went on to graduate from the University of Idaho in 1960, with a Bachelor of Science in Education.
Growing up Dawn loved riding horses. She said in Sultan she and her friends would often “borrow” a horse and ride the countryside. She eventually cared for her own horses in Moscow.
Dawn was an excellent student in both high school and college. She also dabbled in the theater and loved to sing. So much so, she worked to finish college in 3.5 years, so she could move to Hollywood and work on her initial dream to become a nightclub singer.
Dawn started her career as a popular young English teacher at Kent-Meridian High School, where she said the football team once relocated her small convertible sports car from the parking lot to the school’s front steps as a practical joke. She later became a substitute teacher and homemaker on Bainbridge Island, while continuing her education through Seattle University and the University of Washington, always learning and sharing what she learned along the way. She was a Washington State Registered Counselor, a member of the PTA, and spent many hours volunteering at the Bainbridge Island Bargain Boutique (non-profit affiliate of Children’s Hospital).
Dawn was active in Alcoholics Anonymous from its early days on Bainbridge Island in the 1970’s, and served for years as a meeting chairperson, sponsor, or sympathetic ear, remaining a staple in the chapter, right up until the time she was first stricken in 2019.
She was an avid reader and her thirst for knowledge was unquenchable, along with her love for walking. She was never afraid to work on herself, and share with others words of wisdom. She loved her children deeply and unconditionally, and will be remembered for her devotion.
She is survived by her children Mike (Alene) Moore, Chris Moore, Tracy Moore and Teresa (Suong) Ngo, and grandchildren Nikolas Moore, Rachel Moore and Natalie Moore.
A private ceremony has been planned.