Lois Irene Longfellow Moon was born August 20, 1929, in Denver, Colorado to George L. Longfellow and Isabelle Bryans Longfellow. The family lived in Wichita, Kansas, where she received her primary and mid-school education. She moved to Kansas City, Missouri, in 1943 and attended Southwest High School where she was the editor of the yearbook and graduated in 1947. She graduated from Iowa State University in 1952 with a degree in Home Economics.
Through her sister Barbara, who was engaged to John’s brother Ralph, she met her future husband John at a picnic between the Longfellow and Moon families in Kansas City. She and John J. Moon were married on April 12, 1952, while he was on military leave. They then moved to Tooele, Utah, where John was serving in the U.S. Army Chemical Corps at Dugway Proving Ground. Upon completion of military service in October 1952, the couple moved to Bartlesville, Oklahoma, where John was a chemical engineer with Phillips Petroleum Company.
From early childhood she showed great interest in artistic endeavors, influenced by both her mother and father who were accomplished artisans, her mother as an extensively published poet and her father, a lawyer, as an accomplished wood sculptor. She enjoyed living in Bartlesville but did not have much time for artistic activities with four children to raise. In 1964 they were transferred to Antwerp, Belgium, where the children were enrolled in French speaking schools. During the seven years they spent in Belgium, they helped found the Antwerp International School of which John was chairman and Lois was librarian. The opportunity to live and travel in Europe appealed to her artistic abilities, but it wasn’t until her children were grown and her husband retired that she became interested in watercolor painting.
In 1971 the family returned to Bartlesville where John held a number of positions with Phillips Petroleum Company until retiring in 1985. This gave her the opportunity to develop skills in needlework and painting. Soon she was painting for friends and family and continued a tradition of creating her Christmas cards. These have become collector items and many homes in Bartlesville have each years’ card framed and hung. She enjoyed family activities with her children and grandchildren, travel with her husband, and social activities with her friends. She was a member of the Bartlesville Art Association, Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumni Association, and Hillcrest Country Club.
She is survived by her son Jeff Moon and his wife Jeanie; son Steven Moon and his wife Debbie in Gorham, ME; and daughter Linda Hollingsworth and her husband Grant Hollingsworth; grand-children Sean Moon in Tulsa; Amy Moon in London, UK; Michael Moon in Scarborough, ME; Christopher Moon in San Francisco, CA; Kara Hollingsworth in Ann Arbor, MI; and Matthew Hollingsworth in Tulsa. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband John in 2012; and a daughter Karen in 1986.
Services are pending and will be announced at a later date.
Service have been entrusted to Arnold Moore & Neekamp Funeral Home. Online condolences can be left at www.honoringmemoriesbartlesville.com.