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Scuba diver was dedicated to her family

October 13, 2005|by DON AINES

FAIRFIELD, PA.

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

A Fairfield woman who died Sunday after scuba diving off the coast of South Carolina was an avid and experienced diver who was dedicated to her family and career, her husband said Wednesday.

Beth Ann Palmer Moore, 40, of 15 Polly Trail, collapsed Sunday afternoon after a dive about 38 miles off the coast, according to The Associated Press.

Tamara Willard, a deputy corner in Horry County, S.C., told The Associated Press that Moore collapsed after the dive and was airlifted to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center in Myrtle Beach, S.C., where she was pronounced dead.

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"She liked to travel. She liked the adventure of scuba diving. She like the serenity of scuba diving," said Kendall E. Moore III, her husband of almost 15 years.

"She was a great mom to her kids and she had a great sense of humor," Moore said of his wife, who was born and raised in Hagerstown.

They have two sons, Michael Ian Moore, 9, and 7-year-old Aaron Liam Moore, he said.

Willard told The Associated Press that an autopsy was scheduled for Monday, but Kendall Moore said he has not received word as to the cause of death.

"That's a little bit of a mystery right now ... They tested for all the obvious scuba injuries," Moore said. He said the autopsy revealed no obvious cause of death and it could take several weeks before test results are available.

Moore said the autopsy did indicate she had a "slight" case of the bends, a condition that can occur during decompression when nitrogen gas in the bloodstream expands and forms bubbles as a diver ascends.

Willard was not in her office when called Wednesday afternoon and she did not return a message.

Kendall Moore, who was not on the trip, said his wife had gone on the annual excursion with a group of friends from the area.

"They've been all over the world," he said.

Moore said his wife had open-water and other advanced scuba diving certifications.

Beth Moore was a "career-oriented person" who worked as comptroller for New Vision Laser Center in Hagerstown for about two years, her husband said.

Prior to that, she worked at First Data Corp. for several years and as an office manager at her father's supply company, he said.

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