Ida Evelyn Moon

Ida Evelyn Moon

Ida Hamilton Moon, who was born on January 12, 1934 in Tipton, IA, passed away peacefully Saturday, March 16, 2024 surrounded by family and friends at the Lower Cape Fear LifeCare Hospice House in Bolivia, NC at the age of 90. Ida was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, an inspirational teacher and mentor, a dedicated community volunteer, and a caring and cherished friend. She was loved by all.

Ida found her husband, Randall Keith Moon, in 1949 while watching him from the window of her grandparent’s house in Stanwood, IA, as he delivered milk. It was love at first sight. They were married in 1952 and spent the next 70 years together creating a magnificent legacy underscored by Ida’s service as a proud Navy spouse, success as a special education elementary school teacher, endless contributions in the community, and her favorite, raising four children and helping to raise ten grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. She enjoyed making all of them feel special, teaching them life-skills, following their many accomplishments in the classroom or on the athletic fields, and building memories only she could create. They were all Ida’s angels. In her eyes and her heart each of them was the cutest, the sweetest, the kindest, the prettiest or handsomest, the brightest, and the most loved.

Education was extremely important to Ida. She attended Ripon College in Ripon WI, graduated from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA in 1967, and was a long-time member of the Delta Kappa Gamma society, an international honorary society for women in education.

After raising their family in Norfolk, VA and Naperville, IL, they left those memories behind and retired to the beach in Ocean Isle Beach, NC. Ida quickly immersed herself in the community. She filled a tremendous need as a volunteer substitute teacher in Brunswick County elementary schools, served with distinction on the Town of Ocean Isle Beach Board of Adjustments and Recreation Advisory Board, was a leader of the Ocean Isle Beach Property Owners Association where she organized and led the annual holiday parades and other events, as a member and president of the Shrinettes of the South Brunswick Island Shrine Club, as a volunteer at the Museum of Coastal Carolina and the Ocean Isle Beach Turtle Patrol, and in her many callings at the Naperville and Shallotte Wards of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Wherever there was a need, Ida passionately jumped in, made an impact, and made the community a better place. Ida’s story would not be complete without highlighting how important the friendships and fellowship she enjoyed from her local Book Club and Faith Sisters groups. She will be greatly missed.

Ida was preceded in death by her husband Randall Moon; son Jay Moon; parents Howard Hamilton and Ann (Gallmeyer) Hanrath formerly Ann Hamilton of Bensenville, IL; and brother Scott Hamilton of Western Springs, IL. She is survived by sons Randall Moon, Jr. (Marlys Orchard) of Tucson, AZ, and Timothy Moon (Robin Graf) of Swan Point, MD; and daughter Melanie Mayberry of Hammonton, NJ; ten grandchildren; and twelve great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Ray Graham Association who has a mission to empower people with disabilities to reach, grow, and achieve. It is where her son Jay lived for many years. Donations can be made at

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday May 11, 2024 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 4669 Mintz Street, Shallotte NC 28470. A luncheon will follow the service. Interment will occur at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA at a later date.

Ida Evelyn Moon
Ocean Isle Beach, NC
Tipton, Iowa
Arlington National Cemetery
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