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Mooncai, Lily

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Lily (Shang) Mooncai, an elementary school teacher in Westwood for 21 years, died Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at St Luke Hospital in The Woodlands, Texas.  She was 89.  Lily was born December 7, 1927 in Attleboro, Massachusetts, the daughter of Sluhu M. and Yee C. Shang.  She graduated from Attleboro High School, earned her undergraduate degree from Boston University, and her Master’s Degree from Northeastern University.  Lily started her career in Jay, Maine where she taught for two years before moving to Westwood where she taught until her retirement in 1986.  In 1990 she and her husband moved to Florida, and in 2014 they moved to The Woodlands, Texas.  Lily was the wife of the late Harry Wong Mooncai, and the sister of the late Kai Soohoo, Kai Shang, L. Meiling Yen,  and Virginia Chang.  She is survived by her son, Harry W. Mooncai Jr.; her daughters, Karen L. Mooncai, and Cheryl J. Lynch; her grandchildren, Patrick,  Meaghan, Stephen, and Jonathan; her great grandchildren, Annabelle, Mya, and Thomas; and her sisters, Mai Woo, Mary Chin, Olive Magnoli, Nancy Hsi, Evelyn Shang, and Joan Wong; and many nieces and nephews.  Lily was a member of the former Islington Community Church in Westwood.  Relatives and friends are invited to visiting hours Saturday, February 4, 2017 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at the Folsom Funeral Home, 649 High Street, Westwood followed by a funeral service at 1 o’clock at the funeral home.  Interment will be private.




Guestbook Entries

  1. Laurie McBride
    January 29th, 2017 | 6:35 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of of your mother’s passing. Mrs. Mooncai was my favorite teacher in Westwood, and I remember her with great fondness.
    Sincere condolences,
    Laurie (Conrad) McBride

  2. Frank On
    February 1st, 2017 | 2:05 pm

    I am so saddened of the passing of one of my favorite sister in law. She has touched the lives of so many families and friends by her cheerful, caring and loving personality. The Lord has now called her home in Heaven. Memories of her will always live within our hearts. Rest in peace my beloved sister until we meet again.

  3. Paul Montalto
    February 4th, 2017 | 2:23 pm

    Wishing you and your family comfort at this sorrowful time.

  4. Rick Carroll
    February 4th, 2017 | 7:05 pm

    My condolences to all. I agree with the sentiment above from Laurie (Conrad) McBride. Mrs. Mooncai was a wonderful teacher who cared deeply that her students learn. She’s had a lasting impact on my life and I will never forget her. Rest in peace, dear teacher.

  5. Paul Huber
    March 20th, 2017 | 4:36 pm

    Cheryl, please accept my condolences on the loss of your mother. She was the only teacher in Westwood that had all the Huber boys in her class. I remember my mother would make an appointment twice each year to meet with her and discuss our progress in school and Mrs. Mooncai would always make time to see her and welcomed her into the classroom. Over the years my Mom came to truly respect her, first as a teacher, then as a colleague and most importantly as a good friend. How lucky you and your sister Karen and brother Harry were to have had her for a mother. I hope your memories of so many wonderful years together as a family bring you comfort at this time. May your mother’s gentle soul rest in peace.

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