Posted on August 24, 2017
Ontario OH – The Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging Inc. is proud to announce Jean Moon has been selected as the 2017 Outstanding Senior Citizen for Wyandot County. She and eight other recipients were honored on Thursday, Aug. 24 at a ceremony hosted at Hawkins Corner.
Moon was born in Upper Sandusky in 1928. She was the only girl of four children. Growing up, she played a lot of baseball, roller and ice skating, and when the pool opened in 1941, a lot of swimming. She was a member of 4-H and Girl Scouts of America.
In her early years, Moon did not take school seriously; however, when she was in fifth grade and eligible for a library card, she took to books and thus began her love for reading. Years later, just before her own children were to begin college, Moon took classes at OSU Marion in history, genealogy, and anthropology. These passions stayed with her for years to come.
Moon married Richard Moon, a World War II soldier, and they spent 54 years
together. Her life has been blessed with grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Her work life began in a factory where she worked for six months as they saved to buy a house. Later she took a job dusting shelves at the local library. She was later asked to return books to shelves at night and eventually worked her way up to head librarian which lasted for 31 years. Moon’s love for the outdoors, learning, and teaching continued during those years.
Moon has taught swim lessons since 1948 and will return this year if they ask her. She served on the Park Board until 1990. She is a member of John Stewart Church where she has served as chairperson since 1974 for Old Mission Church. This committee is responsible for taking care of this historical landmark by maintaining the property and providing worship opportunities during the summer. She is a member of the Wyandot Tracers where she assists other in tracing their genealogy. She assists where there is a need for Wyandot CARES, which is a Christian-based non-profit group supporting Christian education to school-aged children. Moon can also be found at Open Door Ministries tutoring students throughout the week.
Moon still enjoys the outdoors and was humbled to get such a nomination. Her favorite life lesson to pass on is, “study hard, don’t make the same mistake I did.”
Each year the Area Agency on Aging honors senior citizens who are making a difference in their communities and present a positive image of aging.
There is one award recipient for each county in the Agency’s service area (Ashland, Crawford, Huron, Knox, Marion, Morrow, Richland, Seneca, and Wyandot.)
Awardees must first be nominated by an individual or organization involved with seniors. They are then selected by the Agency based on the impact of their contributions and accomplishments within the community made after reaching age 60.
Additionally, the following residents of Wyandot County received the 2017 Safe Driver Award at the ceremony:Ron Boose, Dave Fadley, Patricia Fintel, Jim Gilliland, Bill Lambrite, Joe Meeker, Dennis Moore, Carl Noggle, Deborah Parsons, Vince Rodriguez, Donald Secoy, Chuck Stiger, Jim Swartz, Larry Webster and Irv Woods.
The Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging, Inc., located at 2131 Park Avenue West in Ontario, provides leadership, collaboration, coordination and services to older adults, people with disabilities, their caregivers & resource networks that support individual choice, independence and dignity.