Joan M. Moore

Date of Passing:

June 24, 2021

Moore, Joan M., (Douglas), 89, of Rumford, died peacefully on June 24, 2021, surrounded by her loving family. She was the beloved wife of the late Clifton A. Moore Sr.

Born in New York City, NY, she was the daughter of the late Nathaniel J. and Esther M. (Ambleman) Douglas and lived in Rumford for 58 years.

Mrs. Moore was a 1954 graduate of Boston University Sargent College, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy. She was a staff physical therapist at the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation from September 1954-August 1956; the Visiting Nurses Association of Boston from 1956-1957; the Detroit Cerebral Palsy Center from October 1959-August 1960; Pawtucket Memorial Hospital from November 1973-April 1976 and in the Providence Public Schools system from January 1978 until her retirement in July of 1995.

Joan was a founding member of the Providence Alumnae Chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. She was a member of the NAACP, the Urban League, the League of Women Voters and the Church of the Epiphany, Rumford. She was a former board member of the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island and was a former Rumford Cub Scout and Girl Scout Leader. She enjoyed gardening, traveling, singing, sewing and dining out with her loving family.

She is survived by her children, Clifton A. Moore Jr. and his partner Sue Roberts of Rumford, Marilyn A. Johnson and her husband Raymond of East Providence and Theresa M. Moore of Pawtucket; three grandchildren, Christopher Johnson, Morgan Johnson and Briana Johnson, all of East Providence; a brother, N. John Douglas and his wife Hazel of California and a nephew, Gregory Douglas of San Francisco, CA.

Her funeral will be held on Monday, June 28, 2021, from the W. RAYMOND WATSON FUNERAL HOME, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside at 8:30 a.m. with a Funeral Service at the Church of the Epiphany, 1336 Pawtucket Avenue, Rumford at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Swan Point Cemetery, Providence.

Calling hours are Sunday, June 27, from 2-5 p.m. Flowers are respectfully omitted. Contributions in Joan’s memory can be made to the Episcopal Charities Fund of RI, 275 North Main Street, Providence, RI, 02903 or Home Hospice & Palliative Care of RI, 1085 North Main Street, Providence, RI, 02904.

Online Condolences


  1. My sincere condolences to the Moore family. Joan was such a lovely and caring woman with the children at Pleasant View School in Providence. I enjoyed working with her for many years as Secretary of the school.

  2. Moore Family,

    We are so saddened to hear of your moms passing. Please know you are all in our hearts and prayers. Wish we could be there for you today. We love you all ♥️

  3. Cliff, Marilyn & Theresa,
    I was saddened to read of the passing of your dear mother. The other day, I was thinking about a telephone conversation we had earlier in the year and a plan to get together for lunch post-Covid.
    I will always fondly remember our early years, our parents, and the EPNMCA. Your mom was well respected in the community and will be missed.

  4. Marilyn and family,
    I am so deeply sorry for the loss of your mother. Please know that you are in my prayers and that I am wishing peace and comfort to you at this time.

  5. Cliff, Marilyn, and Theresa
    I am saddened to hear of your Mom’s passing and my thoughts are with you all. Seeing her picture here takes me back to those wonderful Rumford years and ringing the doorbell on Roger Williams Avenue so Marilyn would come out to play. This was usually answered by your mother with her beautiful smile (or your Dad with his often funny and witty comments about how he hadn’t seen us in a month of Sundays!). May your mother’s love and memory hold place in your hearts and minds and bring you peace in the difficult days ahead.

  6. I remember your mom watching you girls play softball. My condolences to you all.

  7. Oh I just heard..I am so sorry to hear the news. Your mom was the happiest person I ever met, every time I came to your door.I guess
    your Mom couldn’t be happy without your Dad..just like my folks.

    My sympathy is with all of you..and now I will have more people to visit in beautiful Swan Point.

  8. Our deepest sympathies. Susan & I will be away and unfortunately can’t attend the wake or funeral.
    She was a lovely lady.

  9. What a lovely and kind woman Joan was. May your many happy memories carry you forward.

  10. Dear Moore Family,

    Our deepest condolences for the passing of your mom. We always enjoyed seeing her and talking with her at church. She was such a nice lady. Praying for your strength during this time.

    Bob, Jeanne and the Chase Family

  11. Cliff,

    I am so sorry for the loss of your mother.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


    Robin Gregory

  12. Deepest sympathies to the entire Moore family. Love endures as the soul moves on, so your Mom’s love will remain in your hearts and her energy will always be near. Sending love and support to you all at this difficult time. ?️

  13. So sorry for the loss of your Mother. Many fond memories of your Mom and Dad at Fraternity events

    Bro. Lyndoors and Carolyn Grey

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