IDA MOORE, landlady of the Moors Inn at Appleton- le-Moor between Kirbymoorside and Pickering, was known for her BMWs, fine clothes and jewellery, and meat pasties for which people were willing to pay £25.
They were possibly the world’s most expensive pasties.
Ida Elizabeth Moore, who was aged over 90 when she died, kept her age a secret. The Moors Inn had been the Odd Fellows Inn but after she and her husband Don Moore took it over, she insisted the name be changed, because, she said, she was married to an odd fellow and working in an Odd Fellows pub was too much.
The “Moors” inn, the couple felt, was particularly appropriate considering its location and ownership.
After Mr Moore’s death in the early 1990s, she continued to run the pub, but now with her sister Madge Donaghue, until 1998.
Both ladies were known across that North Yorkshire farming locality for being persons of character.
Mrs Moore, the second in a family of two girls and a boy, was born at Skirlaugh, near Hornsea, where her father Charles Conner was a farmer.
She went to school in Hornsea, but when she was 12 her father died, and the four children went to live with their grandparents on their farm at Northcliffe, near Market Weighton, and that was where she finished her schooling.
What she did after leaving school at 15 is not recorded, but she did marry Harry Atkinson and give birth to a boy.
The marriage lasted two years, and after the divorce she went to work as housekeeper for Mr Moor on his farm at Eppleworth, near Cottingham.
Selling Wood House Farm – now Hessle golf course – he bought a farm at Great Fryup on the moors near Whitby, and it was here the couple were married.
After 11 years, they sold up and bought a smallholding at Cropton, near Pickering, and in the early 1980s they sold that and bought the freehold of the Odd Fellows Inn.
As landlady, Mrs Moore made a thing of collecting for St Catherine’s Hospice in Scarborough, but the activity she was especially known for was her annual harvest festival auction in aid of the local church.
She made meat pasties to be sold at it, and Mr Moore always bought the lot.
When people asked him why, he said if they had ever eaten one of his wife’s pasties, they would know.
Soon they were bidding against him, and against each other, and as the fame of Mrs Moore’s pasties spread, the higher the prices went.
She sold the pub in 1998 and moved to Wrelton, near Pickering, where her son Chas Atkinson and his wife Kate had the Buck Inn, and there the annual harvest festival auction, now in aid of the chapel and Wrelton’s Elderberry Club, took root.
With Mrs Moore’s pasties selling at £25 a time, the auctions could be relied upon to raise at least £1,500.
Mrs Moore remained a woman of style to the end, her social life continuing but now she had three granddaughters to dote on.
She is survived by her son Chas, granddaughters Mandy, Debbie and Lindsey, and great-grandson Louie.