Photo:  Lois and an unidentified friend. 

Lois Gladys Leppard, author of the Mandie series, passed away this past weekend.  I learned of the news on Monday. 

Here’s her official obituary: 

Lois Gladys Leppard

Greenville, South Carolina 

  Lois Gladys Leppard, 84, of 309 Cary St, Greenville, died Sunday, October 5, 2008, at Laurel Baye Healthcare of Greenville. Born May 9, 1924, in Spartanburg, Ms. Leppard was the daughter of the late James William and Bessie (Wilson) Leppard. Lois was the author of the Mandie Books series. She was a member of Fairview Presbyterian Church in Simpsonville. She is survived by her son, Donn Leppard and his wife Shannon of Cornelius, N.C.; two granddaughters; and her sister, Belle Langford of Cleveland, S.C. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice. The family will be at their respective homes.  Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting Thomas Mcafee Funeral Home, Downtown. Published in The Greenville News: 10-06-2008

I loved Lois–she was funny, feisty, and red-haired.  She was the only writer I know who used to fax in hand-written manuscripts.  She used to call me and chat for an hour, at least.  I will miss her.  

You can read more about Lois on Wikipedia.  



  1. Deborah

    oh that’s so sad! i grew up reading the mandie books. that’s actually really weird b/c on monday i was trying to find her newest book, New Horizons (where mandie goes to college) and i couldn’t find at the library. she will be missed.

  2. lynnrush

    I’m sorry for our loss. God bless.

  3. Kara S.

    That’s so sad. I grew up reading the Mandie books but never finished the series. I stopped at #35 I think. I’ll have to find the newer books.

  4. Kristine

    She will be missed. I loved those books growing up!

  5. Ruth

    Oh, thanks for letting us know! I have very fond memories of reading her Mandie books growing up.

  6. Heather

    I don’t know if Lois’s family will ever read this, but I wanted to write anyway. I began reading the Mandie Books when I was about 14 or 15 years old. While that’s the usual top age for Mandie readers I continued reading them until I read the entire series. I read them until I was well into my 20’s. My Aunt began to read them as well and it became a tradition for her to purchase each new Mandie book for me as a gift when they came out. I was recently able to share them with my 17 year old step daughter who has enjoyed them as well. I hope the peace of God has given you, her family comfort as you remember how much of a legacy she has left for so many!

  7. Anonymous

    she was my great aunt. she was my grandmother’s sister. sibyl is my grandma, although we call her memaw. i didnt even know that lois had died. she used to send me books whenever she published them. she would write her name and a message for me and my brother in them. Like i said, no one told me she had died. i moved away from home about 5 years ago, so i havent been in contact with my family. i would like to know more about her death if anyone is still coming on this webpage. my email address is

    in loving memory-

    Tessla Smith

  8. Noelle

    Lois will be missed a lot by me. I just found out that she died when I saw the “In memory of Lois Gladys Leppard” at the end of the first Mandie movie made. If it wasn’t for the Mandie series that she wrote, I probably would never be a reader.I started reading her books around the age 11 and sometimes I still go back to them now in my 20’s. Because of her I have found joy in reading and even though she has passed on she will always be in our hearts and lives through her books and other things she has done. God bless you and thanks for having this site.


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