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Ida W. Moose: White Heroine to Black Girls

Updated on July 29, 2013

Rest in peace. Thank you Trixie for saving Mrs. Moose's life.

Trixie, Life Saver, passes away at 18 years old

Since I found Ida Moose, I have joy in sharing my life with her and her life with mine. Yesterday she told me that her beloved Trixie passed away on February 5. Trixie saved Ida's life two times. Trixie was blind and had a heart condition. Her heart finally just gave up.

I wish I were there to comfort Ida but I pray for her. Ida is also losing her sight. She first lost sight in her left eye last year and is not losing sight in her right eye. Ida and Trixie instinctly helped each other manuever the darkness.


Thank God Ida has Rosie. She loves Rosie but no one will ever take Trixie's place. Please pray for Ida.

Mrs. Moose and Trixie


I grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas, in the 50’s and 60’s. Little Rock has a prominent place in the Civil Rights Movement which spanned 1954-1963. Although I used “colored only” facilities and rode on the back of the bus, I was unfazed. During that time, being called the “n” word was expected anytime I was around white people. That’s just how it was. Five years later I would meet a young white woman who would have a profound impact on my life.


I attended the infamous Central High School where the Little Rock Nine made history in 1957. The black population, the only minority group, was five percent. In 1967, my senior year in high school, I enrolled in Cooperative Office Education. On the first day of school, the teacher announced that most students had jobs and all students had been on interviews. I thought to myself, “I haven’t been on an interview.”


Over the next three weeks I went on many job interviews. One interview was with the assistant to Governor Winthrop Rockefeller. Later my teacher told me that the Governor’s assistant said my skills were good but she was concerned about my hair. The assistant said media representatives are always in the office and I wouldn’t look good on camera.


My final interview was with Ida W. Moose, Director of Arkansas Plan, a college work-study program. I arrived at the interview ready to take shorthand dictation. Mrs. Moose said, “That’s ok. I already heard about you.” She showed me the filing system and gave me tasks to do that afternoon. Mrs. Moose told me that her family lived in Morrilton, Arkansas. Her family and the Rockefellers, who owned Winrock Farms, were good friends.


Ida W. Moose became my employer, my mentor, my teacher, and my friend. I entered the Cooperative Office Education class to find a secretarial job. When I graduated high school, Mrs. Moose encouraged me to go to college and kept me on as her secretary. We didn’t talk a lot about race or discrimination but it was very obvious that Mrs. Moose believed in equal opportunity, respect and dignity for all people.


While working at Arkansas Plan I met Faye, one of my closest friends. Mrs. Moose took us to restaurants and taught us proper etiquette. She bought nice gifts for us for Christmas and was available anytime we needed advice. She never said it but we know she loved us. We are glad because we love her too.


After I moved to California, I lost contact with Mrs. Moose. Several weeks ago my sister told me she saw an article about Mrs. Moose in the newspaper. Mrs. Moose fell in her yard. Trixie sat on her chest for 20 hours to keep her warm until help arrived.

http://www.tailsinc.com/2012/03/17-year-old-dog-saves-life/

Faye and I are trying to contact Mrs. Moose. We have narrowed down her location and we hope to speak to her soon!


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Ida W. Moose: White Heroine to Black Girls

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      Sawfishlagoon 4 years ago from Shallow, brackish water

      What a beautiful story and a tribute to a good friend. I have goosebumps.

      i must tell you this . . . there is a doggie heaven!

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      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 4 years ago from Fontana

      Wow! I just posted. I cried as I wrote it. Thank you for taking the time to read it.

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      Shelley Watson 4 years ago

      I hope you speak to her soon, I imagine such a lovely woman would be so glad you did! Up & interesting.

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      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 4 years ago from Fontana

      When I do speak with her, I will write about it. It took courage for her to take us to the best restaurants in town and be the only white person at the table.

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      Sawfishlagoon 4 years ago from Shallow, brackish water

      I guess you did. Wouldn't it be nice if everyone was like you and Mrs. Moose?

      Actually, I am proud of my neighborhood. We are all lower middle class with funky Florida mortgages. Most of us are hanging in and hanging on. If you hear a thumping sound, look out the window. You will see a rainbow of skin tones and hear a symphony of accents.

      Why can't everyone get along? We do.

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      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 4 years ago from Fontana

      Your neighborhood sounds sooooo fun! Mrs. Moose is the reason I did not grow bitter about racism. She taught me that there are many good people in this world. We experience them one by one. Thank you Sawfishlagoon!

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      Sawfishlagoon 4 years ago from Shallow, brackish water

      Rich people don't know what they are missing!

      Don't get me wrong. I love rich people. They put food on my table, and I don't work cheap. Not too cheap anyway.

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      PnkPoodleBohannon 4 years ago

      Personally, I knew Ida Moose so your article is right on when it comes to her character. It would take several books to list all the people (Black, White or Hispanic, etc.) Mrs. Moose provided jobs so they could continue their college education.

      Mrs. Ida Moose is an Unsung hero!

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      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 4 years ago from Fontana

      Faye, I'm going to get Pinkie to write a comment. Get Deborah and Vera to leave comments please.

      See you!

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      Debbiedeb 4 years ago

      Very good article Diane. I too have fun memories of Mrs. Moose and all the wonderful things she did for me and my daughter. She definitely was ahead of her time. I believe that she was one of the angels that God put in my life. She did a lot for me and I thank Trixie for keeping her safe.

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      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 4 years ago from Fontana

      Hi Deb, Faye said she talked to her today! I hope she will get to read the article and our comments. I will call when I feel I won't break down and cry.

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      Starmom41 4 years ago

      It sounds like Mrs. Moose was an amazing lady- and I'm glad to hear she made a positive difference in your life.

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      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 4 years ago from Fontana

      Thank you Starmom!

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      PnkPoodleBohannon 4 years ago

      Diane, I do not mean to sound morbid but…

      I saw your comment to Debbiedeb about waiting to call Mrs. Moose when you will not break down and cry. Please do not delay calling Mrs. Moose because life is too short. We put off things and later regret the things we could have said or done.

      Be assured, tears will flow no matter how long the delay is because you’ll never encounter another person like Mrs. Moose. God threw away the mold that He used to create her.

      Call her!

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      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 4 years ago from Fontana

      And that's the truth. Thank you!

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      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      I have read a few of your hubs and they are very good. This is the best so far. How wonderful, I wish there were more people on the earth like her.

      God bless you, and God bless her also!

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      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 4 years ago from Fontana

      I talked to her this morning for the first time in about 35 years. We talked more this afternoon. She is 78 and still planning projects to help African American kids in the inner city. I'm planning to do a documentary on her and all of us girls she helped. I will be coming to Hubpages for advice. Hopefull, you will be able to give some advice. Thank you!

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      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      That is wonderful! I have ideas, but there are a lot of professionals here. They are very good at that type of thing.

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      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 4 years ago from Fontana

      I'm going to need all of you!

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      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      If it is ok, I will share this. Maybe we can find someone who will help you? We can also choose a category and ask a question in it.

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      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 4 years ago from Fontana

      Wonderful! Thank you! I'll be back in touch tomorrow after I get a basic outline together of my thoughts. Bless you!

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      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 4 years ago from Fontana

      I'm going to make a Hub with a basic outline of areas I want to include. When I get it set up, in a day or two, I'll let you know. Hardest part for me to come up with is an opening that will make someone want to watch whole documentary. You are a blessing!

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      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Thank you, so are you! I will do my best!

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      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 4 years ago from Fontana

      Michele, to keep you up to date, I videotaped my classes Thursday. I am waited for a return call from the person who did the first article on Mrs. Moose. When I get footage I will post it on YouTube and write blurps about them. More coming!

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      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Thank you for letting me know, and keeping me posted.

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      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 4 years ago from Fontana

      will do Michele. I'm totally committed to this.

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      Garifalia 4 years ago

      Hi dear friend,

      I just read your article which was very touching. I'm dying to know whether you found Mrs. Moose.

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      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 4 years ago from Fontana

      Hi Garifalia! YES! YES! I talked to her by phone several times and email with her. I'm laying the ground work to do a documentary. Michele Travis has offered to help. I'm trying to pull pieces together. As I do I will write hubs to get comments and advice. Thank you for asking and caring.

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      Garifalia 4 years ago

      ALL THE BEST!

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      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 4 years ago from Fontana

      Garifalia, look at my snake story!!!! She is alive and hubbing!

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      Maria D'Alessandro 4 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Oh what a wonderful and inspiring story Diane on so many levels. This is an example that at any point in time, there are a few individuals in our midst who allow their conscience to be their guide and who are blessed with the courage of their convictions to contribute to improved social reform as did your dear Ida W. Moose. Voted awesome and sharing.

      Cheers,

      Maria D'Alessandro

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      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 4 years ago from Fontana

      Bless you and thank you Maria! I will make sure Ida sees your comment.

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      Anne 4 years ago from Spain

      Hi Diane. I am from the UK and just cannot get my head around racism and the disgusting way black people were treated not so long ago. Of course I have seen footage and films portraying this topic, and it leaves me both confused and very very angry, I just don't get it. I do see however that Mrs Moose was sticking her neck out at a time when a lesser woman may have turned a blind eye to your obvious talents in favour of a white girl. Well done her, and well done you. I do hope you manage to track her down , I´m sure hearing from or seeing you will do her a world of good after her terrible ordeal. What a faithful dog she has too. Voted up this hub as awesome and beautiful as well as interesting.

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      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 4 years ago from Fontana

      Bless you Bac2. I did locate her and we communicate by email regularly. She is also signed up for Hubpages and I'm encouraging her to write some articles. Unfortunately there are still racists today.

      Thank you so much for your votes!

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      H C Palting 3 years ago from East Coast

      I am so happy to hear that you have located her and have been able to communicate. It is always good to hear happy endings.

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      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 3 years ago from Fontana

      Hi Express10! I just got back from Arkansas. For once I treated her to lunch. She looked so beautiful with earrings, jewelry and dressed impeccably. She has a new little doggie named Rosie. She said, "Don't let her pee on your leg! She's marking her territory when she does that." We went to her favorite place where everyone knows her. She was showing off her daughters. Faye was with us. Faye is PinkPoodleBohannon on Hubpages.

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      Yves 15 months ago

      Mrs. Moose is apparently a very special woman----kind of like you. Thank you for sharing this moving story. I am sure your friend is very proud to have you in her life. As for Trixie---she's awesome!!

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      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 15 months ago from Fontana

      Savvy, Ida passed away June 20, 2014. My friends and I were devastated. The last time I spoke with her was in February, 2014. She had just gotten out of the hospital and had a nurse helper with her. We talked on the phone and she told me she fell and would call me back. After her not calling back, I continually left messages on her phone. I called the hospital but couldn't get information because of HIPAA. The next word I had was her obituary in the paper. Thank God I had the opportunit to take her out to lunch and reminisce with her. She was so excited to go and we went to her favorite place. I'm glad that she knew I love her so much and she changed my life forever. Thank you savvy! Now I've got to have a good cry.

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      Yves 15 months ago

      Oh no. I am so sorry for your loss. Truly.

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      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 15 months ago from Fontana

      Thank you Savvy!

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      MsLowrie 8 months ago

      That was a wonderful post. Thank you so much for sharing. Ida definitely seemed like a truly wonderful and loving woman. Just reading about her brought tears to my eyes because it made me think about one of the chaperones who went to NYC with my Girl Scout troop back in 1978. We went to Radio City Music Hall to see a movie. There was a horrific automobile accident in that movie that caused me to tremble, shake, and weep with fear (I was a month and a half shy of 10 then). While everyone else was telling me that it was just a movie and everything was being okay, that one chaperone (whose name I don't recall) took me into her arms and held me tighter than anyone else before or since ever has. And, that was all it took for me to know that there is love in every heart of every human being alive, regardless of ethnicity, race, or culture.

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      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 8 months ago from Fontana

      Thank you MsLowrie. I have not been up to the task of writing of her passing. It will probably take me some time. It is good when we have those memories. They can keep us from being bitter. Thanks again for reading and God bless you MsLowrie.

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      MsLowrie 8 months ago

      @dianetrotter,

      You are quite welcome. I understand what you mean about those memories. Blessings to you as well. I hope you have a wonderful rest of your week.

      Chellé

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      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 8 months ago from Fontana

      U 2!

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