Mrs. Moore is said to be in great shape, suffering only from a few minor aches and pains, but said a family source, no major health problems. Mrs. Moore is also said to have a good memory about some aspects of her life’s experiences and living in her adopted homeland, Leeds, England.
However, according to a report in a UK publication, (Yorkshire Evening Post), since leaving St. Kitts, at the age of 40, Mrs. Moore has never returned to her country, though she has travelled overseas to visit family members. She was one of 10 children.
Leeds today is known to be the place where most Kittitians and Nevisians reside in England, and Mrs. Moore was amongst the first set of West Indians who migrated to that city.
Mrs. Moore told reporter Laurel Rubina Moore of the Yorkshire Evening Post that “I’ve never been back to St. Kitts since the day I left.” She laughed. But says she has visited America to see some of her brothers and sisters.
She also admitted that she was overwhelmed by the size of Leeds when she first arrived, in terms of its vastness and green areas: “This is because the island I come from St Kitts is less than 25 miles long and five miles across at its widest point. She said she was a bit overwhelmed by the length of the streets and size of the houses, but soon got use to them.
“When my great aunt initially came to Leeds she did experience racism by a small minority of people, which she found difficult but dealt with it accordingly, like most West Indians.”
She initially lived in Birmingham from 1956, before moving to West Yorkshire a short time later with her husband Reginald Moore, who died in 1993. They had married in their homeland at the Anglican church of St. Peter’s on St. Kitts.
Although the couple did not have children, she looked after lots of great nieces and nephews, helping to bring them up.
She says there are no secrets to keeping young looking, but added: “I do like the odd drink of brandy though.”
Mrs. Moore is also known as Ruby and now lives in Chapeltown. Ruby lived for many years at Dorset Mount but now she stays with relatives including great niece Sheila Fleming-Billinghurst and Olinthia, who help to care for her.