Marilyn T. Mozingo



Marilyn Mozingo, 65, passed away on May 22, 2010, at her home in Ashland, Ore. Born in Charlottesville, Va., Sept. 27, 1944, to Robert and Sarah Tatum, she earned her B.A. degree in English from George Mason Univ., Fairfax, Va.



In 1966, Marilyn married George (Tony) Mozingo, of Fairfax, Va. The 44-year marriage produced no children, but did include an uninterrupted chain of beloved pet cats and dogs. Marilyn accompanied Tony on his many FBI career transfers, the last being to Monterey, Calif., where they resided in Carmel Valley. In retirement, they later lived in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, and finally, here in Ashland, in the home they designed and built in 2006-2007.



While in Carmel Valley, Marilyn studied studio art and discovered an unknown wealth of talent. Painting in oil, she created dozens of works reflecting her gift of color management and her empathy for women and children who suffer starvation and deprivation. Her paintings hung in many juried, and two solo, shows. Among her many awards are a First (in abstract) at the 1997 Monterey County Fair, and an honorable mention at the 2000 California State Fair.



Besides Tony, she is survived her brother, Robert Tatum, of North Garden, Va.; two nephews; one niece; and a much loved cousin, Diane Prevary, of Houston, Tex. Marilyn's ashes will be scattered near her home in Ashland. In lieu of flowers, she wished contributions be made to Committed Alliance to Strays.



Marilyn gave fully of herself to many, many friends who were rewarded with her grace, affection and her delightful laughter. She was taken too soon, but bequeathed more than a lifetime's love to those dear to her.