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Marilyn Kim Oswalt

April 6, 1953 - July 31, 2017

Marilyn Kimberley Oswalt (known as “Kim”), 64,  passed away peacefully July 31, 2017 under hospice care at her home in Ashland, Oregon.

Kim was born April 6, 1953 in Hampton, Virginia to Colonel John and Barbara Oswalt. Her father, an army pilot, was then stationed in Japan, thus Kim spent her formative years in Japan. She graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1975 with a bachelor degree in criminal justice. She was a social activist-minded individual who was passionate about changing the world and worked in the Cuban Refugee resettlement, for fair housing rights for African-Americans, and with Acorn and Witness for Peace.

Kim was also a very accomplished musician who played piano, harp, and koto (Japanese harp.) When she moved to Japan in 1980 she was one of the few westerners to study with the famed inventor of the 20 string koto, Keiko Nosaka. Because of her world-renowned status she was chosen to tour with the Japan America Society. Her music can be found online under Kim Oswalt, Rakugaki.

While living in Japan she met Mima in 1988 and they became life partners. They moved to the Bay Area and then to Boulder, Colorado in 1995 where Kim attended Naropa University Graduate Program in Counseling Psychology. She received her master degree and had an active private practice in Boulder. They returned to live in Japan from 2002-2015 where Kim worked as clinical supervisor for the counseling staff at the Navy Hospital in Yokuska, Japan. In the summer of 2015 she and Mima moved to Ashland, Oreg. where Kim continued working online with clients internationally.

Kim was such a positive, life-loving person you may not have known that she was the recipient of two kidney transplants. Special thanks for kidney donors, her sister, Mikel Oswalt and their good friend, Fran. The family would like to thank the kind nurses and doctors at the Asante Dialysis Clinic and Hospital in Medford, the Asante Hospice, and Jade Mountain Clinic of Oriental Medicine in Ashland for their heartfelt dedication.

Kim is survived by her mother, Barbara Ann Oswalt of Fort Worth, Texas; her life partner, Mima Yufu; her sister, Mikel Oswalt; and her god-daughter, Nisha Burton. She was preceded in death by her father, Col. John William Oswalt and brother, Bill Oswalt.

A memorial service is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 5, 2017 at Lithia Park in Ashland, Ore. (near the Cottonwood picnic area.) Please bring potluck food for the gathering afterward.

Rev. Norma Burton, of Unity in Ashland, long time-friend of Kim’s, will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Kim’s life.

Condolences may be sent to Mima at yufumomo@gmail.com.