Desperately Seeking Descendants of Bonney Lake's Peggy Moore

Peggy Moore saw to the construction of Bonney Lake’s Library and the meeting room was named after her, as a way to say thanks. The Friends of the Bonney Lake Library want to honor her again and bring her descendants together to celebrate her legacy.

Peggy Moore did a lot for the Bonney Lake Library, before it even opened.

Before it’s construction in 1980, Moore attended almost weekly meetings with the library architect. She was a chairperson on the Bonney Lake Library Board and a founding member of the Friends of the Bonney Lake Library. She attended board and design meetings for the development of the library, helped build city momentum for a bond and hosted fundraisers to fill the bookshelves.

The city council even passed a resolution recognizing her service to the library in 1988, because “no one more faithfully attended library board and Friends meetings and participated in library support activities.”

Just a few days before her death in 1989, the Bonney Lake Library dedicated the Peggy Moore Meeting Room to her memory. It was the first time in Bonney Lake history that local groups had a public and free place to gather - a mission dear to Peggy's heart.

The meeting room dedication was small gesture of thanks from the city, but most don’t realize it's dedicated to someone when they walk in, said Marcia Peterson, a member of the Friends of the Bonney Lake Library.

Twenty-three years later, the Friends of the Bonney Lake Library want to honor her with a new, special plaque in the meeting room and want to invite Peggy’s friends and family to the occasion.

Problem is, no one knows where her family or descendants ended up.

“We’ve been asking around town for a while but don’t know if Peggy Moore’s descendants live in Bonney Lake or not,” said Peterson. “We appreciate the efforts of her and her family and have been looking for pictures or other mementos to honor Peggy and can’t find anything.”

Peterson and other Friends have done the research. Peggy’s husband Leonard was a city councilman in Bonney Lake and the two were also active in the Senior Center and other fundraising activities. Most of this is pieced together through city council resolutions and archived news stories from the Pierce County Herald. Members of the Friends asked around the Senior Center and have talked with folks who have lived in Bonney Lake longer than anyone, but they haven't found anyone who knew Peggy when she was alive.

Simply put, Peterson and the Friends just want to honor her memory and what she has contributed to this community.

“We’d love to meet anyone who knew Peggy, or have stories about her to share,” said Peterson. “She’s an important piece of Bonney Lake’s history.”


If you know Peggy Moore’s family or have any relation to her, the Friends of the Bonney Lake Library want to meet you! The public is invited to a general membership meeting and open house on Tues., Sept. 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the Bonney Lake Library Peggy Moore Meeting Room. Refreshments will be provided.

Call the library at 253- 548-3308 for more information or to contact Friends of the Bonney Lake Library with news about Peggy Moore.

Jeff December 30, 2012 at 09:01 PM
It doesn't seem that long ago, you couldn't find a person in Bonney Lake that didn't know my grandparents. But Bonney lake was a different place then, with just a gas station and a DQ, and we'd drive to Auburn for groceries. I remember helping my grandmother collect books, and attending the library dedication with her. Where I got to shake the hand of the then Governor Dixy Lee Ray. Most of my family lives in the greater Seattle area, and we have maintained our ties to the Bonney Lake area. I have sent this article to my mother, letting her know you are interested in learning more about her mother.


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