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Maude Therese Morgan Farrar

Maude Therese Morgan Farrar

Maude Therese Morgan Farrar died peacefully at her home at Skylark Assisted Living in Ashland, Oregon, on August 6, 2006. Known as Mudgie, she was born to Bertha Alene Morgan Batz and Henry Batz on August 31, 1910, in Tujunga, California.

The youngest of two children, Mudgie grew up with her extended pioneer family headed by her grandmother, Flora Lamb Morgan. She attended Tujunga Elementary School, Saint Marys Academy, and the University of Southern California, where she meant her husband, William Arthur Farrar, Jr., (Wick). They were married January 1, 1934, in front of the stone fireplace at Oak Glen Ranch. Mudgie worked as a nursery school teacher and telephone operator prior to her marriage.

Mudgie and Wick shared 68 years of married life, living first in Los Angeles, where their daughter was born. They moved to Rogue River, Oregon, in 1948 and settled in Ashland in 1974. During Mudgie and Wick's exemplary partnership, which lasted until Wick's death in 2002, they built their homes, grew and preserved their own food, travelled, and valued conversation.

Mudgie had a talent for drawing and painting from an early age. In addition, she was an accomplished gardener, seamstress and cake decorator, making special cakes for her grandchildren's birthdays, as well as a writer of letters to friends and family. Mudgie was a beloved member of Chapter AC of the P.E.O. Sisterhood and participated in numerous activities at Skylark since her move there. She was a devoted friend, gracious hostess, and life-long Episcopalian. Most recently, Mudgie provided inspiration and information for the book, FOUNDING SISTERS; Life Stories of Tujunga's Early Women Pioneers, in which her mother and grandmother are featured.

Mudgie's surviving family includes her daughter, Judith Alene Farrar Paulsen of Ashland. Judith and her husband Wayne had Mudgie's two grandchildren, Julia Alene Paulsen and James William Paulsen. Her two great grandchildren are Josh Paulsen and Rachelle Wonsyld.

The family would like to thank Mudgie's caregivers at Skylark Assisted Living and Ashland Community Hospital Hospice who gave her much love and comfort.

We are grateful for Mudgie's long life, her love, and the way she graced our lives. She will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 23, at Trinity Episcopal Church, Ashland, at — PM. Donations may be made to the P.E.O. Foundation, (The Tina Wallis Scholarship Fund), or Ashland Community Hospital Hospice.