Oclea Nadine Merilatt Mosier, daughter of the late Edith Belton and Oakley Merilatt, died on Nov. 20, 2015, in Redding, California. She was 90 years old.
Nadine was born on June 5, 1925, in the small Swedish farming community of Burdick, Kansas. Following the untimely death of her father six months before her birth, she and her mother lived on the farm of her maternal grandparents in Burdick until she was 12 years old. During those early years, Nadine attended the one-room schoolhouse of Burdick. She and her family were active members of Hebron Lutheran Church, Burdick.
Nadine and her mother moved to Durham, Kansas, in 1937, following her mother’s marriage to Nadine’s stepfather, the late Frances Belton. Nadine graduated from Durham High School in 1943 as class valedictorian. Nadine engaged in extracurricular activities including school newspaper editor, acting in leading roles in school musicals, and singing in girls’ trio.
In 1947, Nadine earned her bachelor’s degree in secondary education and was elected to membership in Kappa Delta Pi National Honor Society at Kansas State Teachers College, Emporia. After her second year in college, she received an emergency teaching certificate due to the teacher shortage during WWII. She taught for two years in the Clark, Kansas district country school. When Nadine returned to college following the war she became active in Pi Kappa Sigma sorority which nominated her as homecoming queen candidate her senior year. From 1947 to 1949, she taught English, home economics, and physical education at Burrton High School, Burrton, Kansas.
In 1949, Nadine married H. David Mosier Jr. in Baltimore, Maryland, where David attended medical school. The family eventually settled in Los Angeles, California. Nadine devoted the next 25 years to homemaking and raising their four children.
In 1976, she pursued a successful career in real estate in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles County. She maintained her real estate license until 2013.
Nadine was a member of Sherman Oaks Lutheran Church for nearly 60 years and was active for many years in the church’s music ministry.
Nadine is survived by her children, Carolyn Pohlmeyer of Redding, California, William Mosier of Fullerton, California, Daniel Mosier of Redding, California, and Christine Mosier-Mahoney of Redding, California; 10 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Services and burial will be 10:30 a.m. Dec. 19 at Hebron Church, Burdick, Kansas.
A memorial to Hebron Church may be sent to Zeiner Funeral Home, Herington, 404 S. Broadway St., Herington KS 67449-3038, or http://www.zeinerfuneralhomes.com.