Sarellen Groux Moore lived a full and vibrant life until she died, suddenly, following emergency surgery, in Scottsdale, Arizona. She passed April 7, peacefully, at home.
Sarellen was born in Detroit, March 28, 1930 to Pearl (Holleran) and Charles James Groux. She married Clifford Anthony Moore, October 27, 1951 in Teaneck, New Jersey; he precedes her in death, in 1993. She attended Fordham College and graduated from William Paterson University with a degree in education. Later, she received two master’s degrees. She spent her professional career teaching children, mostly at Village School in Closter, New Jersey, from kindergarten to grade-school U.S. history, to special education, to a classroom of the children of immigrants. Late in her career, she mastered Korean so that she could communicate with her students and their parents. Her students, and their parents, adored her. As a child, with her family, Sarellen lived on every coast, but the two places she called home were Demarest, New Jersey and Scottsdale, Arizona. Sarellen was beautiful, elegant, ever youthful. Her sparkling blue eyes and wide smile lit up a room. She was funny and loved to laugh. Generous and strong, wise and kind, selfless and compassionate, encouraging, present, a great listener. Her love centered on family and radiated from there, especially to those in need. A quiet intellect, Sarellen had an encyclopedic knowledge of the world and a thoughtful understanding and appreciation of painting, photography, music, literature. Politically astute, she believed in democracy, racial harmony, veracity, caring for others. Sarellen opened her stylish homes to family and friends and was happiest at a full table, or playing with small children at their level. Sarellen had a creative vision for her homes and herself: she revered design and fashion and loved to shop. Also, a thick milkshake and ice cold wine. Late in life, she discovered the curative and social benefits of group yoga. For Sarellen, friends and neighbors were a lifelong presence and joy. Sarellen is survived by brothers Richard W. Groux of Georgetown, Texas and Thomas J. (Liliane) Groux of Chatham, Massachusetts, sister Beth Anne (Donald) Haarer of Corona del Mar, California. She is preceded in death by eldest brother C. Robert (Exilda) Groux and daughter Sarellen Moore. She is survived by children Mary Beth Moore of New York City, Clifford A. Moore, Jr. of New Haven, Connecticut, Anne Moore (Harry Dent) of Chicago, Liza Moore (Marcello) Rosciglione of Scottsdale, and grandchildren Jack Arndt, Mason Dent, Evan Dent, Alexandra Dent, Annabella Rosciglione, Christopher Rosciglione. Beloved by nieces and nephews, their spouses and children. A visitation will be held on Thursday, April 12, from 5 to 8 p.m., at Messinger Pinnacle Peak Mortuary, 8555 E. Pinnacle Peak Road, Scottsdale. A funeral mass will be held Friday, April 13, 11 a.m., at St. Bernard of Clairvaux Roman Catholic Church, 10755 N. 124th St., Scottsdale. Sarellen is to be buried beside her husband at George Washington Memorial Park Cemetery, Paramus, New Jersey.