Louise Moon

  • Born: February 8, 1925
  • Died: January 2, 2021
  • Location: Des Moines, Iowa

Memorial Services of Iowa

4208 North Ankeny Blvd.
Ankeny, IA 50023

Tel. (515) 964-0592

Tribute & Message From The Family

Des Moines- Louise Pauline Mayer Moon, 95, died on January 2, 2021, at Scottish Rite Park Healthcare Center from the effects of Alzheimer's Disease.

Louise was born on February 8, 1925, in Chicago to Lazare and Esther (Bernstein) Mayer. After graduating from Grinnell College, she was married to John Henry Moon from 1947 until his death in 1998. They settled in Des Moines where they were active at Plymouth Congregational Church. Louise worked for the benefit of many civic organizations, including Planned Parenthood where she chaired The Des Moines Book Sale, priced cookbooks for decades, and served on the Board of Directors. Louise chaired the Festival of Trees and served on the Blank Guild Board of Directors. She served as the League of Women Voters president at the state and local levels, and was one of the first women lobbyists at the Iowa Statehouse. Louise was appointed to the State Soil Conservation Commission and the Board of Trustees at the Des Moines Water Works. She served on the Water Board during the flood of 1993 when Des Moines lost water. In recognition of her years of service, a water storage facility was named for her.

Louise is survived by daughters Linda Fredrick of Springfield, MO, and Deb Moon Davis (Charlie) of Ankeny. She is survived by 6 grandchildren, Colleen Davis of Ankeny, Ellen Myers (Chris) of Ankeny, Rachael Martin (David) of Bettendorf, Carolyn Gerke (Eric) of Republic, MO, Stephanie Jackson (Jim Devanny) of Olathe, KS, and Doug Fredrick (Lindsay) of Springfield, MO. Louise is also survived by 11 great-grandchildren, and a brother, William (Nancy) Mayer of Bristol, RI.

In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, there will not be a memorial service. Friends may share support and memories online at MemorialServicesOfIowa.com or by sending cards addressed to: Family of Louise Moon, Memorial Services of Iowa, 4208 North Ankeny Boulevard, Ankeny, IA 50021. Those who would like to honor Louise in a tangible way are encouraged to donate in her name to Planned Parenthood of the North Central States, PO Box 310838, Des Moines, IA 50331, or online at

The family would like to thank the staff at Scottish Rite Park and Hospice of the Midwest for the loving care they provided Louise during the final chapter of her life.

Condolence & Memory Journal


Posted by MICHAEL EDWARDS - Des Moines, IA - Coworker   July 02, 2021

My condolences to the family. I was a new volunteer at Iowa Methodist when Louise was active there. She was the go-to person for answers and to get things done. I marvel at all did for the betterment of our community.

Posted by Linda Railey - Des Moines, IA - Acquaintance   January 22, 2021

It was an honor to know Louise Moon. She was a community leader, :outgoing ,smart , friendly and had a great impact on the many institutions she gave her leadership talents to.
I knew her best through Planned Parenthood and the
Planned Parenthood Book Sale . She was a whiz at sorting books
and managing the book sale.
My sympathies to all her loved ones.
Janet Metcalf

Posted by JANET METCALF - Urbandale, IA - Friend   January 16, 2021

On behalf of the Metropolitan Des Moines League of Women Voters, I would like to extend our membership's sympathies to the family.
Judy Dirks, Corresponding Secretary

Posted by Judy Dirks - Ankeny, IA - Acquaintance   January 12, 2021

Thanks and condolences to the family of Louise Moon. Thanks for her time with us and condolences for her leaving us at least in physical presence.
In the many contributions and friendships listed in the obituary, it is still impossible to consider, and perhaps even be aware of, all the contributions she made and all the friendships enjoyed.
I'm forever grateful to Louise for her roles in the founding and early successes of the Iowa Freedom of Information Council, dedicated to missions of self governance that were so important to her, to the League of Women Voters, and to our democracy.
Louise was at the founding meeting on the Council on Oct. 21, 1976, and signed our articles of incorporation. I was the first executive secretary of the council serving from its founding until 2000. (from my offices at Drake University as dean and then professor in the School of Journalism). In all those years and beyond, I valued the support of Louise and her work and her friendship even more.
In reflecting on all that, I marvel how Louise accomplished so much in her friendships and in her service.
The thanks and the memories will well outweigh the condolences and grief we now deal with.
With thanks and appreciation,
Herb Strentz, Urbandale Iowa

Posted by Herb Strentz - Urbandale, IA - Friend   January 11, 2021

I am so sorry to hear of her passing. I was her cosmetologist for many years wondered what had happened as I was unable to reach her for quite some time did not know that she had Alzheimer's my condolences to the family she was an amazing lady she will be very missed.

Posted by Debbie Bussanmas - Des Moines, IA - Friend   January 10, 2021

When the booksale rolled around, I would always seek out Louise. She always knew the answer to any question. When I was younger she scared me, but I grew to really appreciate her sense of humor. She was a good friend of my mothers. Cathy Webster

Posted by Catherine Webster - Los Angeles, CA - Friend   January 10, 2021

I'm so sorry to learn of Louise's passing. I volunteer at the book sale with Louise. She taught me so much. I remember when I dubbed her a 'cranky old woman'! Her response was 'damn right! I earned it'. I always enjoyed working with Loise And have missed her the past couple of years.
I'm so sorry for your loss.

Posted by Sharon Feeley - Des Moines, IA - Coworker   January 06, 2021