Obituary of Judith Moore Moss
Judith Ann Moore Moss was born in Cleveland, Ohio, July 23, 1934, the daughter of Clarence and Miriam Moore. She had one older sister, Janet, who died when Judith was three years old. When Judith was 5 the family moved to Richmond, Virginia, where the family lived until her parents moved to Deland in 1967.
As a child, it soon became evident that Judith had a beautiful talent for singing, which would someday lead her to a career in music. After graduating from high school where she participated in many vocal programs, Judith was able to continue her chosen career by attending and graduating from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. During the summer months Judith was involved in productions in Summer Stock Theater in the New England area. Upon graduation Judith went to live in New York where she was able to continue her vocal studies and enhance her career; this eventually led her to Washington, DC and Los Angeles to perform. Her most memorable role was as lead soprano in the Madame Butterfly opera.
Judith was married to Carroll Moss of Richmond, VA – and they eventually moved to Deland where she continued to sing locally and to work full-time in banking. Judith was a soloist with the choir at Trinity United Methodist Church.
In Deland, Judith had other passions beside her vocal endeavors – she was an avid gardener and loved to design her yard and participate in garden shows. Judith also loved jigsaw puzzles, costume jewelry, and meticulously dressing herself with matching blazers, skirts, costume jewelry and a 1950’s-style beehive hairdo. Judith decorated her yard, she decorated herself, she decorated her dog, and she decorated the presents she gave away for birthdays and Christmas. Each package was so unique and so beautifully wrapped that the presentation was a gift in itself; no one wanted to destroy the beautiful wrapping – even if it meant not seeing the present inside.
Judith’s constant companion of the last ten years was J.C. a tall and affectionate black standard poodle. Judith was oftentimes seen driving around town with J.C. peering out the windshield and sitting in the front seat beside her.
Judith is survived by J.C., her cousins Harriet Roop and Barbara Booth from California, her step-son, Carroll from Virginia, six second cousins, and four third cousins.
Judy passed away at home on June 14, 2019, with dignity and grace after many months of illness. A celebration of Life will take place at 2pm on Wednesday, July 3rd at Trinity United Methodist Church, Deland. Donations to your favorite charity in lieu of flowers are requested.