Leah Simmons Moats

Profile Updated: July 8, 2019
Residing In: Leavenworth, WA USA
Spouse/Partner: Barry L Moats
Occupation: By the time of the reunion we be 55 yrs married !
Children: Kim Marie born 1966 Married Kerry: Henry, Andrew
Barry Matthew born 1969 Married Mindy: More… Maisy, Marie
Traci Jean born 1970 Married Ray: Aidan, Bennett
Amy Lee born 1974 Married Shane: Julien, Jaydn, Calvin
Nine Grandchildren ages 8 - 18
If retired what did you do?

Barry and I spent 23 years Innkeeping .
Prior to owning Inn Vienna Woods Bed and Breakfast, I was a pharmacy tech, taught piano and voice and English as Second Language.

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My family left Helena just after our Junior year. We moved to Superior where I found Barry. We married in September 1964 and shortly thereafter they returned to Helena . We were blessed with 4 great kids from 1966 - 1974. Life got pretty exciting in a hurry, keeping up with them. I continued teaching piano and voice and performing music throughout the years. Barry worked in the Lumber and Sawmill industry. We left Superior and enjoyed the lake life in Polson for a few years, then in 1975 we were transferred "temporarily" to a plant near the Bavarian Village, Leavenworth, WA. 44 years later, here we remain. We lived on a perfect 3 mile running loop and took up running to stay sane and in shape. I was never an athlete so this was a BIG deal for me! We raised our family here, saw them all married and we have welcomed nine grandchildren, making us a family of 19. Life is good. :-) We will celebrate our 55th wedding anniversary the very week of this reunion! Double Nickels week! Hey we're really only about fifty-five years old! Right ??

School Story:

I entered Central School as a 5th grader. We lived on South Rodney. It was a great place to be a kid. Does anyone remember when Gary Cooper came to visit the school? Central had been his grade school I believe. Also, Hugo Aronson, the Galloping Swede, was governor then and his daughter Reka was in our class. I was invited to lunch at the Mansion. My mother was very impressed! She wondered what we would have for lunch, it was Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup! During 6th grade Krushchev was in the news, pounding his shoe on the desk, our teacher Miss Carlson, was outraged. We had no doubt of her politics! I loved Junior High. Up the middle stairs, down the end stairs. I loved Orchestra, played 1st chair violin until 9th grade when Yvonne Miniati moved in and unseated me! I also remember Mr Hays, good art teacher. In High School it was lots more music. I was asked to accompany for the Starlighters as a Sophomore and sang with them as well under Mr. Gail Harris! We did well entertaining groups and winning awards. We did the musical "Damn Yankees", ah, Doris Marshall! Regrets: I did not get to take the class, "Word Clues". Would have loved to, as I love words. I hated not graduating with our class of 300+, but did graduate in a class of 21. You know, "big frog in a little puddle" was not so bad in many ways.
I love my Helena memories and we return often. My baby brother lives there yet, " Special Ed's Auto Service" in the valley.

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Another Celebration of your Birth! WooHoo! Loved seeing you last fall! Hope we get that opportunity often. All the best to you this coming year!

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Happy Birthday, Denney! It was GREAT to see you and JeNae in September. We Helena kids were truly blessed! Be well and have a healthy, happy year. Hello to JeNae! Leah and Barry

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I have nothing but warm memories of Kraig, a happy person and our good friend!  As I have not seen him since High School he lives in my mind as a really sweet and cute 17 year old boy!   Just a great member of our class.  Prayers of peace and the comfort of special memories go out to Kraig's loved ones.   Leah Simmons Moats

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