Friday, September 22, 2023

The ‘Queen’ of Lincoln City passes away

Ruth Moore and her son Cary at Sambo’s

Ruth Moore, who along with her husband George owned and operated Lil’ Sambo’s restaurant here in Lincoln City has passed away today. She was 94.

Ruth had struggled recently with cancer and passed away at Samaritan Hospital in Newport.

Her son Cary and daughter in law Linda were with Ruth at the end.

Ruth was a local legend, ruling her roost and greeting thousands of guests every year from behind her gift shop counter inside of Lil’ Sambo’s.  More information to follow.

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Don Williams
Don Williams
Writer, award winning photographer and former Mayor of Lincoln City. While not serving as the world's proudest grandpa, the Honorable Don Williams covers Government Affairs for Homepage.


  1. I was always wondering how Ruth was doing. Sorry to hear, hope she didn’t experience a lot of pain. She had a nice long life. George will be glad to see her. ♥️

  2. We are deeply saddened to hear of Ruths passing Our hearts are with her family in this difficult time. She will be truly missed.

    Bill & Gina

  3. Ruth was the best, most honest businesswoman I’ve ever had the privilege to meet and work with. She was an inspiration ❤️ RIP Ruth, so glad I got to meet you!

  4. Will the items from the restaurant go into the museum like pixie kitchens did? I remember when it was little black sambos


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