Pamela Gibney Swagart Moore
July 16, 1947 – September 23, 2009
Friend and neighbor of several members of the family, Gibney Moore passed away last Wednesday. Always bright, vibrant, and when appropriate, sassy, Gibney will be sorely missed by her husband Jack, her family and her many friends.
To me, one word best described Gibney – style. With her broad brimmed colorful hats Gibney always reminded me of my favorite vocalist, Anita O’Day. In honor of both I’d like to post this amazing performance by Anita at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1958. This is from a fabulous film by Bert Stern called Jazz on a Summer’s Day. For those of you who didn’t have the privilege of knowing Gibney you will gain a sense of her from this clip from another time and place…
Gibney’s memorial service was held at the St Louis Cathedral Basilica on Sept 28th. Her friend, Monsignor Jim Telthorst, celebrated the funeral mass and delivered the eulogy with characteristic insight. The Gospel of John, he noted, unlike the synoptic Gospels, repeatedly and explicitly puts Jesus ‘in charge’. And, as Fr Telthorst pointed out, so was Gibney.
Indeed, ‘No gal made, had a shade on… Pamela Gibney Swagart Moore.‘