Grant and Virginia Moore

Grant and Virginia Moore have been married for 28 years.  They were married April 4, 1986.

Grant was born in Payson, Utah February 14, 1923.  He grew up on a farm in West Mountain.  He graduated from Payson High School in May, 1941.  Jobs were scarce so he and his friend, Tom Law, went to California, boarded with Tom's married sister, and soon found work at Northrup Aircraft.  War broke out on December 7, 1941.  Grant worked for several months before returning to Utah to await his turn to go into the Army.  He was drafted into the Army Air Force January, 1943.  Basic training was in Atlantic City; New Jersey.  Armament training was in Colorado.  Overseas training was in North Carolina.  He was sent overseas in August of 1943.  He ended up in Italy and was assigned to the 301st B-17 heavy bomb group.  His responsibilities were loading bombs and seeing to the maintenance of thirteen 50 caliber machine guns on a plane assigned to him.   He spend the remainder of the war in Europe.  He was discharged in late 1945 having attained the rank of Staff Sergeant.

Grant was married to Jean Hanks of Salem January 23, 1946.  They raised three children: Sharon (Rick) Murano, Richard (Lani Mousley) Moore, and Janean (Steve) Jackson.

Grant worked as a printer for the next 47 years.  He first worked for The Payson Chronicle for 22 years.  Then he worked for 25 years for the BYU Print Department.  He retired in 1991.

Grant's wife, Jean, passed away in 1985 due to poor health after 39 years of marriage.  A year later, Grant went to the Payson Hospital with a health problem.  His nurse was Virginia Felt Bradford, a divorcee of 8 years. After a short courtship, they were married April 4, 1986.

Virginia was born in Dividend, Utah -- a small silver mining town -- two miles East and South of Eureka, Utah.  Dividend is a ghost town now.  The only sign of habitation are two water tanks on a west hillside.  The words "Tintic Standard" are barely visible on the tanks.

Virginia began working at the old Hospital in Payson in 1978. She started working Midnights on the switchboard while going to BYU to get a nursing degree.  She graduated in 1981 and has been a nurse for 35 years.  She has worked on the Medical/Surgical floor, in the Emergency Room, in the Cath Lab and 20 years in ICU.  She currently has CCRN, ACLS, and TNCC certifications.  She retired one year ago and is volunteering for Salem Ambulance and tending grandchildren.  She is very proud of her five chilren: LeeAnn (Kevin) Scott, Lori (Paul) Barber, Mary Bradford, Melissa (Don) Morrison and the youngest, Tom Bradford, who says he grew up with five mothers.

Grant and Virginia have a combined family of eight children, 23 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren.  Grant and Virginia are both members of the LDS Church.  While living in Sanish Fork and Salem, Virginia has served in various teaching positions in Primary, Mutual and Relief Society.  She has also served as a pianist and Sunday School and Relief Society Secretary.  Grant has been active in church callings.  He has been a Ward Clerk for four Bishops.  He served as a 2nd Counselor with Bishop Max Wallentine.  He served as a Stake Clerk with President Kent Hansen.  He worked in the Provo Temple for five years and has served in several other capacities.  Grant enjoyed being a member of the Wahoo Riding Club and was President for one year.  He was a volunteer Fireman for a few years.

Grant and Virginia have enjoyed several tours: Church History tour twice, Hawaii, Branson, and Alaska.  Their favorite was to Italy where Grant was stationed with the Army Air Force during WWII. 

"There is no place on any tour as beautiful as our own front yard with Salem Pond as a background -- especially when Christmas lights are on." 

They and their neighbors, the Garth Hill family, enjoy making a contribution of Christmas trees on their side of the pond each year.  They know it is appreciated because of the many nice "Thank You's" from people in town.

They love Salem.  They live in a great neighborhood and have the best neighbors that anyone could ask for.

Grant is a WWII Veteran, making him eligible for the Veteran's Honor Flight.  From October 30th to November 1st they will visit the WWII Memorial and other points of interest in Washington D.C.  He and Virginia will be back from the flight about the time this article comes out.


From "Senior Spotlight", Salem City Newsletter, November 2014 -  P 3.

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