Margot Nan Ballif Moore returned to her Heavenly home on June 15th, 2020. She passed away at the age of 79 due to natural causes, in the loving care of her daughter Tracy Hunter and family in Lehi, Utah.
Margot was born on November 25th, 1940 in Boise, Idaho, to Howard and Madge Ballif. She and her three brothers, Maurice, Barr and John Paul, grew up in Boise in the affluent neighborhood of Warm Springs Avenue. She graduated from Boise High School and attended Brigham Young University, Provo for a year. She met Laurence "Larry" Russell Moore, Jr. while "cruising" through downtown Boise in 1960. Larry was smitten by her beauty, charisma and sweet countenance. He knew that he would have to live up to her high standards as a devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He subsequently converted to the Church and they were sealed in the Idaho Falls, Idaho Temple on August 23rd 1962. Larry ran the family business "Boise Auto Glass" while Margot worked as a secretary at Idaho Power and then the Carpenters Union. They had three amazing children, Tracy, Matthew "Kelly" and Phillip.
Their lives would soon be changed when Margot suffered from a debilitating stroke, which affected the left side of her brain, causing paralysis on her right side and limiting her speech. She regained mobility but not full function of her right hand. At the time of the stroke, Tracy was just nine years old, Kelly was seven and Phillip was three. During her recovery, Larry and Margot were blessed with the support of close family, wonderful neighbors, dear friends and members of the 10th Ward.
Despite her physical challenges, Margot's adventurous and fun spirit enabled her participation in family camping and boating activities, as well as many trips to Lake Powell, Utah. She and Larry traveled to Hawaii and Trinidad & Tobago, cruised to Alaska and through the Caribbean. They also enjoyed many RV adventures around Idaho, the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. Margot was a pro at playing the card game "Flinch" and loved game shows, especially Steve Harvey's "Family Feud" and "The Price Is Right". She had quite a sweet tooth and loved Werther's candies, milk shakes and "sodies".
Margot's unwavering faith in the Lord gave her the strength to enjoy many opportunities to serve. Her inability to sing the words didn't keep her back from sharing her angelic soprano voice while leading music at Church. She and Larry served four missions: two missions in Martin's Cove, Wyoming; Sixth Crossing, Wyoming; and Nauvoo, Illinois.
Margot's vocabulary was limited but powerful and humbling. She reminded everyone to "smile" and often said "I'm sorry", "Hard, but I try" and "I love you". She exemplified patience and grace, following the admonition from 2 Nephi 31:20 to "press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope and a love of God and of all men." She feasted upon the word of Christ, and endured to the end, always yearning for a perfect body and eternal life.
Margot is survived by her loving husband Laurence "Larry" Moore; Children: Tracy (Jason) Hunter, Kelly (LeAnna) Moore and Phillip (Daniele) Moore; Grandchildren: Hali Jo Hunter (Coby) James, Caci Rae Hunter, Jami Hunter (Jeremiah) Jones, Tyson Hunter, Camille Moore (Alex) Osborne, Cameron Moore, Madison Moore (Skyler) Hamilton, Brookelyn Moore, Aden Moore and Elise Moore; Great-grandchildren: Paisley Jo James and Braylen Moore; Brothers: H. Barr (Rowena) Ballif, John Paul Ballif; Sister-in-law: Pauline Ballif; Many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her Parents: Howard M. Ballif and Madge Peterson Ballif; Brother: H. Maurice Ballif; Sisters-in-law: Donna Ballif and Francis Jean Moore.
May our dear sweet wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend find eternal rest and peace in Christ.
Our family would like to express gratitude to everyone who have offered condolences, prayers, love and support during our time of grief.
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