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Mary Louise Moeri
November 30, 1924-June 12, 2021
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Mrs. Mary Louise Moeri, was married to Edwin A. Moeri, both of Manteca.
Louise was 96, died in Manteca, CA where she had lived since coming to Manteca from Stockton in early 1950’s.          
   She always loved school and was the first in her family to attend college. She graduated UC  Berkeley in 1946 and maintained lifelong friendships from that time. She met and married Edwin Moeri shortly after the war.   She loved working as a Library Assistant at Manteca Public Library from 1961 to 1978. After retiring, she became a full time writer and published over a dozen books for children, many poems and collections and short stories for magazines-- one included in the popular “Chicken Soup” collection of books. Her first book and a bestseller still in print, Star Mother’s Youngest Child, is a Christmas story that has become a classic for many. Some of her books were based on real life tales of the Old West handed down from her pioneer family such as, Save Queen of Sheba and The Devil in Ol Rosie. While another, Chemo Club, was a fictionalized account of her own encounter with cancer. Additionally, one book, First the Egg, made its way to film in a TV After school Special with actress Justine Bateman.
   Louise received many awards and recognition for her writing in her career including PEN Center Literary Award, Soroptomist International Women of Distinction Award, Something About the Author series. Louise is a 1996 Manteca Hall of Fame Inductee. She loved to do local school visits and talk to children about her books and the writing life because it meant so much to her.
   She is survived by three children, Neal Moeri, Rodger Moeri and Patricia Moeri Ward. She has six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and eight great- great-grandchildren.
   Service will be held on Monday June 21, 11:00  a.m. at Park View Cemetery.

Manteca (Calif. Bulletin

Saturday, June 19, 2021