On May 10th, 1938 in Saxon, Wisconsin Ozella Lauren was born to her parents Antoinette and Victor Lauren. She was the 2nd child for the couple. Ozella had 2 brothers and 2 sisters. She grew up in a small town in Wisconsin.
Ozella moved in 1957 to California to attend school at Antelope Valley College in Palmdale. While in California she got a job with NASA at Edwards Air Force Base. She held the position of aeronautical engineering technician and worked with the training of the first astronauts in the 1960’s including Neil Armstrong and Chuck Yeager. She worked at NASA and the Air Force Base for approximately 14 years.
In February 1962 Ozella married Harley Moore. They met in the car pool going to work at the Air Force Base. The couple adopted 2 children. Her son Timothy currently lives in Rogers. Her daughter Rebecca passed away in 2014 from cancer. Ozella’s husband passed away in June of 1995.
Ozella began writing poetry in 1979 and has many pages of poems she has written. She found her passion and has achieved several great awards. She was published in the National Library of Poetry in both 1997 & 1998. In 2003 she won a “Star Search” award in Nashville, TN for most promising writer/artist, after one of her poems was turned into a song! She received recognition by the International Society of Poets in 2003 and was inducted into the International Poetry Hall of Fame. It is there that some of her poems are on display to this day.
When asked to share a few words about her life Ozella had this:
In my life, writing is a passion.
Poetry an expression of that passion.
Searching deep into one’s inner most
thoughts and feelings, into the depths of one’s
soul brings forth insight of who we are,
what we are and eventually
Who is in control.