Rachel Moore — who assisted classroom-bound Holmes Elementary students at the corners of Oak Park and Chicago avenues for a decade — may have been a crossing guard by occupation, but in the hearts and minds of people like Beryl Greenberg, she was more like family.
"She cared about us and we cared about her," said Greenberg, during a recent phone interview. "We all looked forward to seeing her every day."
Last December, Moore, 71, died unexpectedly from stroke-related complications, according to her husband Johnnie Moore, 77, who is a crossing guard at Mann Elementary.
"It's something we both just enjoyed doing," Jessie said, noting that his wife, a retired teaching assistant, passed away less than a month before her birthday.
Her memorial service was attended by many of the families Moore touched, both at Holmes and in the wider Oak Park community. All of them missed her presence at the corner, waiting on children with candy and a smile.
On the last day of school one year, recalled Greenberg, "We arranged a party just so we could say goodbye and wish her a nice summer. That was how much she was loved."
On Wednesday, May 11, many of those same students and their families will gather at Moore's corner to dedicate a plaque in her memory. The ceremony is scheduled to take place at 2:45 p.m.
— Michael Romain
A previous version of this story incorrectly noted the name of Johnnie Moore. Wednesday Journal regrets this error.
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