Alvah I. Moody, 92, passed peacefully from this world into eternity, to be with his Lord and Savior, on Feb. 8, 2020 at his home in Nobleboro.
Alvah was born in Waldoboro on July 17, 1927 to Percy B. and Bertha Maloney Moody. He was the third of their nine children.
Alvah was predeceased by his parents; his first wife, Dorothy Aho Moody; brothers, Arthur Dewey Moody, and David Bartlett Moody; sister, Nellie Moody Jones; sisters-in-law, Edith Aho Walke, Laila Aho Dehetre, and Arlene Aho McFarland; and brothers-in-law, Wayne Genthner, William Jones, Walter Aho and Alfred Aho.
Alvah is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Georgetta Reed; daughter and son-in-law, Charlene Moody Ward and Ron of Nobleboro; son and daughter-in-law, Mark Moody and Sharon of Nobleboro; son and daughter-in-law, Matthew Moody and Bonnie of Waldoboro; and his beloved dog, Trixie.
Grandchildren, Jeffrey Ward and wife Holly, Kimberly Ward Libby and husband Jared, Michael Ward and wife Lindsey, Gregory Ward and wife Kristyna, Jennifer Ward and significant other Troy Turner, Mark Moody Jr. and wife Calyn, Shelly Moody, Maxwell, Samuel, Slavik, and Sofia Moody.
Great-grandchildren, Maddie and Joshua Ward, Grace, Claire, Gabriel and Benjamin Ward, Abigail and Izabell Wardova and Obadiah Ward, Adayla and Aramae Gregory, Ezekiel Turner, Paige, Lillia and Rosilla Libby, and Wilder Moody; and step-grandchildren Ashley, Megan and Nicole Cushing.
Step-children, Michael Reed and wife Christine, Deborah Reed Grooms, David Reed, and Robert Reed Jr. and wife Susan.
Step-grandchildren, Bethany Reed Horsman and husband Justin, Leigh Reed Carpenter and husband Jason, Zachary Reed and wife Jessica, Caleb Reed and wife Emma, Hannah, Josiah, Asa and Levi Reed, Raychelle Grooms, Anna Grooms Galvin and husband Jeremy, Tommy, Jacob, Susan, and Jewellee Grooms, Christabelle Reed Pollock and husband Salvatore, Nathaniel Reed and wife Kelby, Elijah Johnson, Brianna Reed Orozco and husband Isai, Bryce, and Chase and Seth Reed.
Step-great-grandchildren, Emma, Reagan, Ava, and Elsie Horsman, Abraham, Asher, and Lucas Reed, Gilbert Reed, Becka and Oliver Galvin, Silvio and Bella Pollock, Oliver and Alden Reed, Willow and Woven Orozco.
Siblings, Warren Moody, Nancy Moody Genthner, Harvey Moody and wife Jean, Judith Moody Beck and husband Robert, and Deborah Moody Bellows and husband Robert.
Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Alvah grew up in Waldoboro working in the family business, Moody’s Diner, from a young age as the diner was established the year he was born. He loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter in his younger years. He enjoyed God’s creations, marveling at the beauty around him.
When he was 16 years old, his parents drove him to Portland to sign up for a delayed enlistment in the Navy. However, they were two men short of their quota and Alvah’s name was drawn from a list. He was off for Sampson, N.Y. for basic training. He always said, “My books were still in my desk at school.”
Alvah served on a sub-chaser where they soon discovered he could “cook.” He wrote home to his mother for recipes so the men had homemade cookies and birthday cakes.
Alvah started serving breakfast on a made to order basis for the men. His ship received an award for saving the most amount of money due to not wasting food.
After serving two years in the Navy, at the end of WW II Alvah came home. He completed high school while working at the diner. During this time, he met his first wife, Dorothy Aho. They were married on Feb. 19, 1950, and built a home in Waldoboro where they raised their three children.
Alvah was a hard worker. He built seven cottages, with the help of Dot, on Damariscotta Lake while working seven days a week at the diner. Eventually he would have Wednesdays off, at which time he remodeled his basement and started making mincemeat during the winter months for the diner and to sell in local stores.
He and Dot rented six of the cottages, living in the seventh one from June to October with their children.
In 1984 Dot passed away, he sat by her bedside every day for two months at Maine Medical Center working from 3 a.m. until 7 a.m. at the diner, spending the day at Maine Medical, then spending the late evenings with his youngest son, Matthew.
In 1987, after winterizing the camp, he and Matthew moved there to live year-round.
Alvah met Georgetta Reed (with a little help from his sisters) in 1991; they were married in March 1992. After Alvah semi-retired from Moody’s in January of 1994, he and Georgetta spent winters in New Smyrna Beach, Fla. for 18 years.
In the spring of 2012, Alvah had health issues in Florida and ended up in the hospital. That was their last winter there as he was determined to “not die down here.”
Alvah spent his last years at the camp. Family was very important to Alvah, he loved having everyone at the lake. He would sit in his favorite chair with Trixie in the garage door, watching all the activities of his family and friends surrounding him.
He was an amazing man; he was kind and respectful to all and loved by many. He will be greatly missed by his wife, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and those who knew him.
Alvah attended the First Baptist Church of Waldoboro. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Alvah’s memory to the Church Building Fund, First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 324, Waldoboro, ME 04572.
Visiting hours will be Saturday, Feb. 15, from 5-7 p.m. at Hall’s Funeral Home in Waldoboro. A celebration of life to be held on Sunday, Feb. 16 at 3 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Waldoboro, 71 Grace Ave., Waldoboro.
Hall’s of Waldoboro has care of the arrangements. To extend online condolences, visit hallfuneralhomes.com.