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1 of 8 | Posted by: MICHAEL EDWARDS - Des Moines, IA

“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...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Linda Railey - Des Moines, IA

“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...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: JANET METCALF - Urbandale, IA

“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,...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Judy Dirks - Ankeny, IA

“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...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: Herb Strentz - Urbandale, IA

“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...Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: Debbie Bussanmas - Des Moines, IA

“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...Read More »
7 of 8 | Posted by: Catherine Webster - Los Angeles, CA

“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...Read More »
8 of 8 | Posted by: Sharon Feeley - Des Moines, IA

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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 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.