February 24, 1930 - December 19, 2017
Celia Mary (Walker) Moss of Ashland passed away Tuesday, December 19, 2017 of metastatic lung cancer. She was born February 24, 1930 in Portland to Eldred Pottinger Walker and Leda Evelyn Gillie Walker. She attended Washington High School in Portland, then Reed College, Lewis & Clark College and finally the University of Oregon, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in 1951. She earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work in 1955.
Always an advocate for the elderly, disabled, and children, Celia worked as a social worker for more than 30 years, retiring in 1984 as Director of Social Work at Bess Kaiser Medical Center in Portland.
She moved to Atascadero, Calif. where she married Roy Moss. In 1999, she moved to Ashland, where she lived at Mountain Meadows, a retirement community.
Celia was involved in her community wherever she lived and was a staunch advocate for human, animal, and environmental rights. She was an excellent chef and prepared many memorable meals for family and friends. She was an avid reader and enjoyed talking about politics and current events. She always had a stack of library books on her coffee table that she would gladly give you a review about.
Celia loved to travel abroad and throughout the U.S. Some of her fondest memories were vacations spent camping at Spirit Lake on Mt. St. Helens, Wash., and regular trips to a beach cabin in Gearhart, Ore.
Celia had many cats throughout her life and they were all very important to her. She is survived by her sister, Linda Allaway; nieces, Terry Allaway and Eileen Sperl; nephews, Steven and David Allaway; five step-children, David, Steven, Paul, and Joe Moss, and Amy Moss Strong; Roy Moss; 14 step-grandchildren; four grand-nephews and nieces; several step-great-grandchildren, nephews and nieces; and her cat, Jennifer.
In her later years, Celia wrote a Christmas letter from her persona as the “Old Crow.” The old crow was smart, clever, quick-witted, and somewhat irreverent but also caring and wise. Celia will be missed and remembered.
At her request, no services will be held. Memorial donations can be made to Wildlife Images, Grants Pass, Ore., or to a local animal shelter.