Marilyn Estelle Moseley Blake

June 19, 1935 ~ March 3, 2021 (age 85)


Marilyn‌ ‌Estelle‌ ‌Moseley‌ ‌Blake‌ ‌


Marilyn’s‌ ‌family‌ ‌are‌ ‌saddened‌ ‌to‌ ‌announce‌ ‌her‌ ‌passing‌ ‌on‌ ‌March‌ ‌3,‌ ‌2021.‌ ‌She‌ ‌was‌ ‌born‌ ‌on‌ ‌June‌ ‌19,‌ ‌1935‌ ‌in‌ ‌Trout,‌ ‌Louisiana‌

 ‌to‌ ‌William‌ ‌Sidney‌ ‌Moseley‌ ‌and‌ ‌Daisy‌ ‌Ivol‌ ‌Moseley

.‌ ‌She‌ ‌is‌ ‌predeceased‌ ‌by‌ ‌her‌ parents,‌ ‌her‌ ‌brother‌ ‌and‌ ‌three‌ ‌sisters‌ ‌and‌ ‌her‌ ‌spouse‌ ‌Parker‌ Burnham ‌Blake, Jr.‌ ‌Marilyn‌ ‌will‌ ‌be‌ ‌greatly‌ ‌missed‌ ‌by‌ ‌her‌ ‌sons‌ ‌Robin‌ ‌and‌ ‌Mark‌ ‌‌and‌ ‌her‌ ‌daughter‌ ‌Tamara‌ ‌Doss‌ and their spouses‌ ‌as‌ ‌well‌ ‌as‌ ‌her‌ ‌10‌ ‌grandchildren‌ ‌and‌ ‌15‌ ‌great‌-‌grandchildren,‌ ‌many‌ ‌nieces‌ ‌and‌ ‌nephews,‌ ‌plus‌ ‌special‌ ‌friends.‌

 ‌For‌ ‌all‌ ‌that‌ ‌knew‌ ‌her‌ ‌and‌ ‌loved‌ ‌her‌ ‌it‌ ‌was‌ ‌obvious‌ ‌she‌ ‌was‌ ‌devoted‌ ‌to‌ ‌her‌ ‌family‌ ‌and‌ ‌enjoyed‌ ‌her‌ ‌friends‌ ‌and‌ ‌colleagues‌ ‌company.‌ ‌

Marilyn‌ ‌whose‌ ‌nickname‌ ‌“Rebel”‌ ‌was‌ ‌earned‌ ‌as‌ ‌a‌ ‌child‌ ‌in‌ ‌Louisiana‌ ‌where‌ ‌she‌ ‌learned‌ ‌to‌ ‌cook‌ ‌wonderful‌ ‌southern‌ ‌style‌ ‌dishes

‌ ‌including‌ ‌chicken‌ ‌fried‌ ‌steak,‌ ‌okra‌ ‌with‌ ‌black‌ ‌eyed‌ ‌peas‌ ‌and‌ ‌homemade‌ ‌biscuits,‌ ‌pan‌ ‌fried‌ ‌cornbread,‌ ‌and‌ ‌special‌ ‌meals‌ ‌were‌ 

‌completed‌ ‌with‌ ‌banana‌ ‌pudding‌ ‌or‌ ‌coconut‌ ‌cake‌ ‌always‌ ‌made‌ ‌with‌ ‌love‌ ‌and‌ ‌enjoyed‌ ‌by‌ ‌many.‌ ‌

In‌ ‌the‌ ‌mid‌ ‌1960’s‌ ‌as‌ ‌an‌ ‌Air‌ ‌Force‌ ‌wife‌ ‌she‌ ‌moved‌ ‌to‌ ‌Winton,‌ ‌CA‌ ‌with‌ Staff Sergeant ‌Parker‌ ‌Blake‌‌ ‌who‌ ‌was‌ ‌transferred‌ ‌to‌ ‌Castle‌ ‌Air‌ ‌Force‌ ‌Base‌ ‌in‌ ‌Atwater,‌ ‌California.‌ ‌She‌ ‌soon‌ ‌began‌ ‌what‌ ‌turned‌ ‌into‌ ‌a‌ ‌forty‌ ‌plus‌ ‌year‌ ‌career‌ ‌in‌ ‌education‌ 

‌starting‌ ‌as‌ ‌a‌ ‌yard‌ ‌duty‌ ‌supervisor‌ ‌at‌ ‌Winton‌ ‌School‌ ‌District‌ ‌in‌ ‌1968.‌ She progressed through the school system as a Food Services Manager, School Secretary,

District School Secretary, and District Business Manager. ‌Ultimately‌ ‌her‌ ‌passion‌ ‌for‌ ‌learning‌ ‌blossomed‌ ‌into‌ ‌something‌ ‌she‌ ‌loved‌ ‌until‌ ‌retiring‌ ‌as‌ ‌Interim‌ ‌Superintendent‌ ‌of‌ ‌Schools‌ ‌for‌ ‌the‌ ‌El‌ ‌Nido‌ ‌School‌ ‌District‌ ‌in‌ ‌2011.‌ ‌

Marilyn also held many community-oriented positions including, Cub Scout Den Mother, Parent-Teacher Association officer,

Winton Municipal Advisory Committee Chairman, Winton Spring Festival officer and Atwater Falcon Band Booster officer.


Marilyn‌ ‌was‌ ‌very‌ ‌goal‌ ‌oriented‌ ‌and‌ ‌she‌ ‌encouraged‌ ‌her‌ ‌grandchildren‌ ‌to‌ ‌complete‌ ‌college.‌ ‌Reading‌ ‌was‌ ‌her‌ ‌passion.

‌ ‌She‌ ‌always‌ ‌had‌ ‌a‌ ‌minimum‌ ‌of‌ ‌three‌ ‌books‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌queue.‌ ‌She‌ ‌read‌ ‌constantly‌ ‌and‌ ‌one‌ ‌of‌ ‌her‌ ‌favorite‌ ‌sayings‌ ‌was‌ ‌“knowledge‌ ‌cannot‌ ‌be‌ ‌taken‌ ‌from‌ ‌you.”‌ 

‌Her‌ ‌curiosity‌ ‌about‌ ‌history‌ ‌and‌ ‌zest‌ ‌for‌ ‌traveling‌ ‌led‌ ‌to‌ ‌many‌ ‌memorable‌ ‌trips‌ ‌with‌ ‌her‌ ‌grandchildren‌ ‌and‌ ‌other‌ ‌family‌ ‌members.‌ 

‌Her‌ ‌destinations‌ ‌included‌ ‌every‌ ‌State‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌United‌ ‌States‌ ‌and‌ ‌many‌ ‌countries‌ ‌including‌ ‌everywhere‌ ‌from‌ ‌Africa‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌“Happiest‌ ‌Place‌ ‌On‌ ‌Earth”-‌ ‌Disneyland.‌ ‌No‌ ‌matter‌ ‌where‌ ‌she‌ ‌was,‌ ‌it‌ ‌turned‌ ‌into‌ ‌a‌ ‌teaching‌ ‌moment‌ ‌for‌ ‌her‌ ‌traveling‌ ‌companions.‌ ‌ ‌

She‌ ‌was‌ ‌practical‌ ‌and‌ ‌worldly‌ ‌at‌ ‌the‌ ‌same‌ ‌time.‌ ‌She‌ ‌was‌ ‌thoughtful‌ ‌and‌ ‌incorporated‌ ‌this‌ ‌into‌ ‌gift‌ ‌giving‌ ‌with‌ ‌trips‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌Ballet‌ ‌at‌ ‌the‌ 

‌Kennedy‌ ‌Center‌ ‌in‌ ‌Washington‌ ‌D.C.,‌ ‌Sporting‌ ‌Events,‌ ‌Concerts‌ ‌and‌ ‌Broadway‌ ‌productions‌ ‌in‌ ‌many‌ ‌major‌ ‌cities.‌

 ‌She‌ ‌was‌ ‌inspired‌ ‌by‌ ‌the‌ ‌talents‌ ‌of‌ ‌others‌ ‌and‌ ‌wanted‌ ‌to‌ ‌share‌ ‌them‌ ‌with‌ ‌those‌ ‌that‌ ‌she‌ ‌loved.‌ ‌Music,‌ ‌Sports‌ ‌and‌ ‌the‌ ‌Arts‌ ‌were‌ ‌high

‌ ‌on‌ ‌her‌ ‌list‌ ‌and‌ ‌she‌ ‌would‌ ‌attend‌ ‌any‌ ‌production‌ ‌or‌ ‌game‌ ‌however‌ ‌big‌ ‌or‌ ‌small‌ ‌especially‌ ‌if‌ ‌one‌ ‌of‌ ‌her‌ ‌family‌ ‌members‌ ‌were‌ ‌part‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌cast,‌ ‌crew‌ ‌or‌ ‌team.‌ ‌

Marilyn‌ ‌loved‌ ‌old‌ ‌sayings‌ ‌and‌ ‌would‌ ‌insert‌ ‌them‌ ‌into‌ ‌conversations‌ ‌or‌ ‌experiences‌ ‌periodically.‌ ‌She‌ ‌believed‌ ‌in‌ ‌tough‌ ‌love‌ ‌and‌ ‌was‌ ‌fair‌ ‌when‌ applying it.‌ ‌“The‌ ‌Truth‌ ‌will‌ ‌set‌ ‌you‌ ‌free”,‌ “‌In‌ ‌life‌ ‌there‌ ‌are‌ ‌the‌ ‌Givers‌ ‌and‌ ‌the‌ ‌Takers”,‌ ‌and‌ ‌if‌ ‌you‌ ‌got‌ ‌out‌ ‌of‌ ‌line….‌ ‌“Don’t‌ ‌make‌ ‌me‌ ‌thump‌ ‌your‌ ‌head”‌ ‌or‌ ‌“Jerk‌ ‌a‌ ‌Knot‌ ‌in‌ ‌your‌ ‌Behind”.

‌ ‌Although‌ ‌those‌ ‌sayings‌ ‌may‌ ‌sound‌ ‌harsh‌ ‌in‌ ‌this‌ ‌day‌ ‌and‌ ‌age‌ ‌she‌ ‌had‌ ‌respect‌ ‌for‌ ‌persons‌ ‌of‌ ‌authority‌ ‌and‌ ‌expected‌ ‌good‌ ‌manners‌ ‌to‌ ‌be‌ ‌used‌ ‌at‌ ‌all‌ ‌times.‌ ‌ ‌

We‌ ‌are‌ ‌so‌ ‌blessed‌ ‌that‌ ‌her‌ ‌suffering‌ ‌is‌ ‌finally‌ ‌over‌ ‌and‌ ‌that‌ ‌the‌ ‌Peace‌ ‌of‌ ‌Christ‌ ‌is‌ ‌with‌ ‌her.‌ ‌She‌ ‌will‌ ‌be‌ ‌missed‌ ‌by‌ ‌all‌ ‌who‌ ‌knew‌ ‌her‌ ‌and‌ ‌remembered‌ ‌for‌ ‌all‌ ‌the‌ ‌love‌ ‌she‌ ‌shared.

There should be no sadness. Her wish would be for us to celebrate a full life.‌ Her‌ ‌favorite‌ ‌song‌ ‌was‌ “I‌ ‌Hope‌ ‌you‌ ‌Dance”.‌  ‌So‌ ‌put‌ ‌on‌ ‌your‌ ‌dancing‌ ‌shoes!‌ ‌


Remembrances may be made to:

American Diabetes Association


American Cancer Society



Notification‌ ‌of‌ ‌a‌ ‌memorial‌ ‌service‌ ‌will‌ ‌be‌ ‌forthcoming at a later date.‌ ‌

Arrangements are under the direction of Iver’s & Alcorn Funeral Home

Merced, California ‌


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