Obituary: Martha Mosher
May 6, 1935 – March 27, 2023
Surrounded by family, Marty Mosher peacefully passed away in her Truckee home on March 27, 2023. She filled her 87 years with family and friends, teaching and travel, learning and love.
Marty was born May 6, 1935 in Sioux City, Iowa and raised in Wilmette, Illinois. After high school, she ventured west to attend Colorado University in Boulder, and earned a Fine Arts degree. In Colorado, she met her late former husband, Tom Mosher. They loved the Rocky Mountains, but moved to Stockton, California, where they raised their three daughters.
Marty taught high school and English as a second language to refugees from Cambodia and Laos. She loved her students and was as grateful and inspired to learn from them as they were from her. Marty was dedicated to environmental issues, both locally and globally. She was active in local politics and started a recycling center in Stockton. Educating both children and adults, she demonstrated against nuclear power and for sustainable energy sources.
Marty and Tom were volunteers on the National Ski Patrol for several years, becoming part of a forever family of friends. Marty moved to the Truckee/Tahoe area in the early 1980’s. She worked at the Tahoe Adaptive Ski School at Alpine Meadows, now Achieve Tahoe. She was committed to their mission of inclusivity and continued to help others as a volunteer for Special Olympics, North Tahoe Truckee Homeless Services, The Center for Spiritual Living, and Tahoe Forest Hospice Thrift Store.
Marty’s companion of nearly 20 years, Tom Asher, shared her active lifestyle. Their mutual love of skiing took them to the French Alps and across North America. Together they windsurfed from the East Coast to Hawaii, and toured Europe and Costa Rica. Marty also travelled throughout Central and South America.
When she wasn’t traveling, volunteering, or working Marty loved to entertain family and friends in her warm and welcoming home. Every Sunday she hosted Ladies Night dinner, usually after a long day with her hands in the dirt, tending her beautiful garden.
Mom, you taught us all to forever tend our own gardens, to continue to learn, grow, and share. To remember the flow, to be brave, to be kind to ourselves and each other, and to find gratitude every day.
Those of us left behind include Marty’s brother, Ted Goetz, and his family of North Carolina; daughters Jill, Heather, and Max Mosher; grandsons Finn Mosher-Locke and Aidan Smith; niece Sheila Mosher; extended family and countless friends.
We will celebrate Marty later this spring, when the garden blooms again.
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