Celia Moss

Payette Independent
Thursday, March 15, 1934


Mrs. Celia Moss Passes At Boise Hospital—Stores Closed As Mark of Respect To Early Settler

All places of business were closed Wednesday afternoon between the hours of two and three in honor of Mrs. Celia Moss, one of Payette’s oldest and highly honored pioneer women. Funeral services were conducted from the Episcopal church by Rev. Thomas Ashworth of Butte, Montana, who came to conduct the service. Rev. Ashworth delivered the funeral sermon for Mr. Moss, March 17, 1914, while he was pastor of St. James Episcopal church. Mrs. Moss passed away Sunday evening, March 11th in a Boise hospital.

Friends and relatives filled the church to overflowing and scores were unable to get into the church. Floral offerings were banked about the casket and filled the front part of the church, bearing mute testimony to the place Mrs. Moss had in the hearts of the people of this section.

Six Payette men acted as pall bearers, friends who had known Mrs. Moss from childhood and who were honored to perform this last service for her. They were Harry, Lloyd and Walter Pence, Clyde Thurston, E. H. Murphy and Jack Whalen. The ladies of the Women’s Relief Corp had color bearers who formed a guard of honor at the church and at the cemetery. They were Miss Maude Hutchinson, Mrs. C. E. Rhoads, Mrs. May Rorabaugh and Mrs. Hattie Mathis. Mrs. Bernard Eastman and Mrs. Jack Whalen sang two duets, with Miss Jean Pence at the church organ.

Members of the Eastern Star, of which Mrs. Moss had been an active member for many years, assisted with the arrangements and in taking care of the scores of floral offerings. They also furnished cars for those who journeyed with Mrs. Moss to her last resting place in the Riverside cemetery.

Mrs. Moss had been a member of the Women’s Relief Corp since its first establishment in 1904 and was a charter member. At one time she served at Department Treasurer and had always been active in promoting the work of the local corp.

Five sons and one daughter were present at the funeral, William Moss of Alameda, California; Wentworth Moss of Fort Douglas, Utah; Fred, Bert and Heber Moss of Payette; and Mrs. Geo. Rezac of Seattle, Washington. Judge J. H. Richards, of Boise, a close friend of the family was present, as were many people from Weiser, New Plymouth, Fruitland and other cities in this section.

She was preceded in death by her husband, A. B. Moss, who passed away March 14, 1914, exactly 20 years from the date of Mrs. Moss’ funeral. Mr. and Mrs. Moss were among the earliest settlers in this section and have been closely identified with the growth of the Payette valley. Mr. Moss was a candidate for governor at one time and was always active in local and state politics.