Do you live in Greenwich?
Yes, for 40 years. I'm a legal alien from Vancouver, British Columbia. I grew up in a little farming community called Delta, on the mouth of the Fraser River.
Are you married?
No, I'm a widow.
What was your husband's name?
Bert Moss. We were married 48 years.
Do you have any children?
Two sons, two lovely daughter-in-laws, and five grandchildren. I also raised a runaway girl, a junior in high school who lived with us until she was 31. We put her through college. She was like a daughter. Another boy came to live with us as a junior in high school. His parents moved away and he wanted to stay with us until he graduated from college. So we had two surrogate kids.
Are you retired?
What do you do?
I'm a floral designer. I'm partially retired as I don't do weddings anymore -- I used to do 45 a year. I also do clubs flowers, parties and corporate events. When my husband died I had 42 weddings booked from April to December. He used to say he was Mr. Doris Moss as he would decorate tent poles and if there were chuppahs for Jewish weddings. He did heavy things. Now I just do two clubs, Belle Haven and Riverside Yacht Clubs, every week, and their events.
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
I wanted to be a nurse and I was for seven years. I was also a stewardess for United Airlines in the days when you had to be a nurse to work overseas. My husband was in the Air Force and we lived in Guam for two years.
What are your main hobbies and interests?
I play bridge. I used to paint. I cook and serve at the South Kitchen at Yerwood Center in Stamford. I belong to a book club and a movie club. I knit and sew and embroider. I worked in a newspaper and had a column in high school and was co-host of a radio show.
Are you computer savvy?
Do you have a favorite sport?
I used to ski and play tennis. I would see everyone have aches and pains, so I gave it up. So, now I'm a spectator of my grandkids' sports.
Do you have a favorite book?
All of these around me. As a young girl it was "Anne of Green Gables." Recently, it was "Team of Rivals," by Doris Kearns Goodwin. It's about how Lincoln took his rivals during his presidential campaign and put them in his cabinet.
Do you have a favorite work of art?
Do you listen to music?
Do you have a favorite piece of music?
Rachmanioff's Second Piano Concerto, and "As Time Goes By."
Do you have a favorite movie?
It changes. "An Affair to Remember," and "Shirley Valentine."
Do you have a favorite actor or actress?
What is a TV show that you watch regularly?
I don't watch TV. I watch the news. Days go by when I don't see it.
Who do you think was the best President of the United States?
John Adams -- he had a lot of character. When I drive to the Post Road I can visualize him going down the Post Road going from Massachusetts to the Continental Congress in Philadelphia. He's an unsung hero. He and Abigail had such a love affair. In one of the letters she wrote, she wondered if future generations would ever know the sacrifices they made for their country.
If you could tell the President of the United States one thing, now, what would it be?
To bring a little bit of civility back into Washington, with all the fighting between Democrats and Republicans. And a little morality wouldn't hurt.
What is your greatest guilty pleasure?
My "gentleman caller" and I go out to dinner every night and lunch quite often so I only cook on weekends for my family. At my bereavement group he was looking for someone to go out to dinner with.
What is your biggest pet peeve?
Just yesterday we were at a restaurant and enjoying a martini when a family came in with three children, 5-, 6-, and 7-years-old, and they were racing around the restaurant and playing tag -- and the parents never said a word.
Do you have any regrets in life?
I regret that my husband didn't live long enough to see our grandchildren grow up.
What achievements in your life are you most proud of?
Those two sons that I've raised. They're grown into successful men and are good fathers and sons.
Best piece of advice to give to the younger generation?
Get a good education, be self-confident and be caring about other people. If you live by the golden rule you can't go wrong.
What gives you your greatest joy?
My family and my friends.
What are you looking forward to?
To when all my grandchildren are married and I'm a great grandma.