Remembering Marjorie Mount

Marjorie Gearing Mount 

July 1, 1938 - August 31, 2022 

Marjorie Gearing Mount was born and raised in Seattle, Washington; her family also built a small home on Guemes Island in the San Juans. Guemes filled her soul and dreams and was always integral to her identity. 

Marge's parents were both teachers, and she followed in their footsteps. Dyslexia made this particularly challenging. Her undergraduate degree was obtained at the University of Washington, Seattle. Schools located in Sonoma and Marin Counties were the focus of her career, and she was very successful establishing an alternative high school with several other professionals. Many of those students remained close to her throughout her life, the LAGNAF group, "Let's All Grow Natural and Free." 

Marge's second career was as a talented, creative painter, working mostly in the medium of oil paints, finely honing her craft over many years. A graduate of both the San Francisco Art Institute and then Stanford University, her MFA in painting was completed there. She was inspired by the natural world: birds, animals, breathtaking images, as well as landscapes. Poetry too found its way on to her brush and magically found color and body on her canvas. Her work was displayed in many galleries, private homes, and businesses. The "Best in Show" award was given to her one year at The Sausalito Art Festival. 

Marge had a deep love for Sonoma and Marin areas in Northern California and lived most of her life in these surrounds. She loved to meditate, howl with her dogs, hike, camp, run marathons, drum, and create music. 

Predeceased by her parents, Monty and Dorothy Mount, and her brother, Robert, Marge is survived by her life partner, Patti McWilliams, and a niece and nephew by marriage, Laura Mccully and Ronald Flint. Special thanks to many who aided Marge in her final journey, including Sharona Tracy, Linda Moorhead, Michele Murphy, Beth Jackson, Nancy and Bryan Roberts, Sue Amalia, Harrison Hood, Leah Ocean, MoGrace Residence, St. Joseph Hospice Services, as well as other cherished friends and grateful students. 

A celebration of life is planned. In memory of Marge, donations may be made to: Face to Face-Sonoma Co., 873 Second St., Santa Rosa, CA 95404.

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