Dorothy Moeller, 85, state SPCA official

December 27, 2004|By Sara Neufeld | Sara Neufeld,SUN STAFF

Dorothy Moeller, former president of the Maryland Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, died Tuesday at Broadmead retirement community in Cockeysville. The former Anneslie resident was 85.

Her son, George E. Moeller of Washington, said she had pneumonia at the time of her death.

Known as Dot, Mrs. Moeller was president of the Maryland SPCA from 1993 to 1994, said Aileen Gabbey, executive director of the organization. She had previously served as vice president and she served on the board until 2000. After that, Ms. Gabbey said, she stayed active as an emeritus board member, remaining on the operations committee until her death.

She also was a member of the Maryland Feline Society.

Mrs. Moeller was a devoted cat lover, her son said. She once had six cats as pets. At the time of her death, Mrs. Moeller had one cat, a tortoiseshell named Blaze.

"She had just that one because Blaze didn't like other cats," Ms. Gabbey said. "She wanted to take care of that one very specially."

A friend is now caring for Blaze, George E. Moeller said.

The daughter of a plastering contractor, Dorothy Brannock was born in Cambridge and moved frequently as a child, her son said. She graduated from Eastern High School in Baltimore.

In 1939, she married George A. Moeller. Because of his service in the Army, the family lived in several states, including Florida and Oklahoma, before returning to Baltimore in 1945. Her husband died in 1981.

The family moved to Baltimore County in 1948, living first in Towson and then buying a house in the Anneslie neighborhood, where they stayed for decades, her son said. Mrs. Moeller worked at the Hochschild-Kohn department store.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. today at Lemmon Funeral Home of Dulaney Valley, 10 W. Padonia Road in Timonium.

In addition to her son, she is survived by a niece and two nephews and several cousins.

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