ALBANY, Ga. — Ashley Moore, the youthful face of the Dougherty County Library System, died unexpectedly overnight, county officials confirmed Tuesday morning. She was 36-years-old.
Moore reportedly was taken to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital where she later died. Early reports are that Moore suffered a heart attack. There is no word on funeral arrangements.
Dougherty County Clerk Jawahn Ware and members of the Library Board confirmed Moore’s death Tuesday morning.
As executive director of the county’s Library system, she oversaw operations of the county’s three library branches.
“Mary Antoine the assistant director has been appointed interim director until we can constitute a search committee. “We will do a search for another director but no matter how far our search takes us, it’ll be hard to replace Ashley. She was a tireless worker and lived the work of the library,” Library Board Chairman Guy Craft said.
Craft said that purple wreaths will be placed on all of the open branches in remembrance of Moore and her work.
“She was our youngest director and of course we’re all heartbroken and saddened to hear of her passing,” Craft said.
Moore attended Monday’s library board meeting and appeared to be well right up until the meeting adjourned around 7:30 p.m., Craft said. Later in the evening, however, EMT’s responded to Moore’s house and rushed her to the hospital where she was later pronounced dead.
Moore, who served as assistant director under Teresa Cole, became interim director when Cole left for Augusta in April of 2011. In November 2011, she was tapped to be the permanent head of the organization.
She held a masters degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of Alabama and held a specialist designation in Library and Information Studies from Florida State University.
She had previously worked in the Gwinnett Public Library System and the Peach County Public Library System.