Phoebe Moore

Obituary of Phoebe Ann Moore

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Phoebe Ann Miles was born on February 12, 1944, in Monroe, Michigan.  She was the only daughter of three children born to the union of Charles Shelby Miles and Cora Lee (Friar) Miles. Phoebe began her education at the Papermill One-Room School for first, second, and part of third grade.  She then switched to Dundee Community Schools, graduating high school with the class of 1962.  She continued her education at the Michigan College of Beauty. 

Phoebe owned and operated the Budget Beauty Bar, on First Street between the Monroe Evening News and South Monroe Street.  She married Kenneth Lee Moore on April 11, 1964, at Monroe Missionary Baptist Church.  The couple was blessed with three children. After 16 years, she left the shop to care for the needs of her family, although she eventually returned to the workforce taking a position with La-Z-Boy as an advertising supervisor for 19 additional years before her retirement in 1998.  From 1966 until 2009, Phoebe was often called upon as a hairdresser for Bennett and Rupp Funeral Homes.  After retiring, Phoebe and Ken moved to Reed City, where they made their home a log cabin for eight years. 

“Phoebes” was a whole lot of spunk and all of the good stuff packed into a small package of beautiful human. To know her was to love her. If you heard her say, “Gimme some sugar,” you knew she was waiting to share a warm hug and a kiss.

She never met a stranger, never arrived empty handed, always had a recipe and a story, rarely missed a ballgame, never lacked a pile of grandchild (and great-grandchild!) photos (which she could produce on-demand) and enjoyed all the local restaurants and her regular outings with friends. She supported her country and its veterans with passion and above all; she loved her family fiercely.  She was loved by all who had the good fortune to know her.

Phoebe Ann Moore, age 80 of Monroe passed away on Saturday; May 4, 2024, at ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital where she was surrounded by her heartbroken family.  She will be missed today and forever, though loved ones have been gifted the blessing of wonderful memories of times with her and a life well-lived.  During her final illnesses she was remarkably cared for with compassion by the team at ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital, 2 South, and the Moore Family is forever grateful.  Her passing was preceded by her parents; a beloved son:  Todd Moore in 2004 and a brother: Paul Miles at the age of 18. 

To cherish her memory she leaves a beloved husband of sixty years: Kenneth Lee Moore; two children: Terri Braman (Rod Porter) of Milan and Marc (Molly) Moore of Monroe; one brother: Clyde Miles (Ruby) of Mount Pleasant, Michigan; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Mary (Richard) Parra of Lancaster, CA, Judy (Pete) Morrison of Tiffin, Ohio, Gary (Lisa) Drown of Tijeras, New Mexico, Terry (Debbie) Drown of Perrysburg, Ohio; six grandchildren:  Matthew (Daria) Braman of Baltimore, Maryland, Alex Braman of Milan, Payton Moore of Chicago, Nick, Nolan, and Maddie Moore of Monroe; two great-grandchildren: Noah and Jude Braman; two nephews and a niece: Richy (Shannon) Parra, Adam Parra (Vicki Hanifan), and Vanessa (Ben) Hobbs;

Friends may gather from 2:00pm until 8:00pm on Friday; May 10, 2024, at Merkle Funeral Service, South Monroe; 14567 South Dixie Highway, Monroe, Michigan 48161 (734) 241-7070.  A Celebration of Her Life will take place at 11:00am on Saturday, May 11, 2024, also at Merkle’s with Deacon Mike Stewart and Tom Treece presiding.  Procession will follow to Roselawn Memorial Park in LaSalle for burial. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Community Foundation of Monroe County (memo line Community Uplift Program); P.O. Box 2445, Monroe, Michigan 48161 or Easter Seals.  Online guests may leave words of inspiration and comfort or share a photo by visiting


Gathering for Phoebe Ann Moore

2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday, May 10, 2024
Merkle Funeral Service, South Monroe
14567 South Dixie Highway
Monroe, Michigan, United States

Celebration of Life for Phoebe Ann Moore

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday, May 11, 2024
Merkle Funeral Service, South Monroe
14567 South Dixie Highway
Monroe , Michigan, United States
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