Beatrice T. Moore lived a well-read and well-traveled life, baking cookies for Marine guards at American embassies abroad and soothing sick children in a Serbian hospital.
A longtime resident of Sonoma County, Moore, known as Bee, died Christmas evening. She was two months shy of her 105th birthday.
Born in 1908 in New Zealand, Moore earned a nursing degree with a specialty in midwifery at Christchurch Hospital.
She met her future husband, Dr. Ferrall H. Moore, on the island of Fiji, said her daughter, Pam Moore of Santa Rosa.
She was traveling on a ship and, although she didn't know it, Ferrall Moore was the ship's doctor.
"Both of them went to the local hospital to look up different people, and they ended up having afternoon tea together," Pam Moore said.
Ferrall Moore was wearing civilian clothes and didn't let on he was serving on the ship.
"That night, he showed up at her table wearing his ship's white tropical uniform. It was very romantic," Pam Moore said.
They were married in 1936 in Rochester, Minn., where Ferrall Moore was a fellow in medicine at the Mayo Clinic. He later went into private practice on the San Francisco peninsula, but joined the Navy right after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and was soon serving with the Marines in Guadalcanal.
At home, Bee Moore raised their three children and took great pride in a Victory Garden that provided vegetables for her family and neighbors.