Moody G. Slawson

Nov 7, 1929 - Oct 22, 2013


Slawson, Moody G. (MSgt, Ret).

Born November 7, 1929 in Neshoba County, Mississippi, passed October 22, 2013 in Roseville California. Survived by loving wife of 63 years Helga M. Slawson, daughters Maria Wong (Tim), Nancy Fleming, and son Lonnie Slawson (Lynn). Also survived by cherished grandchildren Traci Seegers (Robert), Joel S. Clark (Jene), Amy Stewart (Daryl), Coleman Engellenner, Vincent Fleming, Andrew Wong, Taylor Wong, Trevor Slawson, Peter Wong and Kylie Slawson. He also leaves beloved great-grandchildren Vinny, Katie and Asaiah Rossi; Nigel and Aislinn Aston; Jacob, Jennifer, Joshua and Jillian Clark; Jackson Andres; Nathan, Ayumi, Zachary, Jordan Stewart and Baby Girl Stewart on the way.. Pre-deceased by parents Lon and Bessie Slawson, mother-in-law Maria Diefenbach, and granddaughter Jennifer Rossi. Moody joins his brothers and sisters who passed before: Jack Stokes, Kermit, Vester, James Audrey, Gertrude, twins Wilton and Tilton, Ernest Earl, Clementine Christine, Eva Grace, and Bertha Mae.  

Moody left the family farm at age 17, answering the call to serve his country. One of his early assignments took him to Germany where he met and married the love of his life, Helga. They moved to Sacramento in 1951, raised their three children, and formed many lifelong friendships. After retiring from the Air Force he worked for DuBois Chemical Company, the 49er Truck Stop, and Eppie’s Restaurants. He retired to the “good life” in 1980, where he enjoyed playing his guitar, cooking family dinners, walking with his friends at Sunrise Mall, gardening, and keeping in touch with his family back in Mississippi. He was a talented story teller and delighted in sharing his past with his grandchildren. As one of his nieces recently said, “He was the best example of unconditional love we have ever known”.

Moody and Helga centered their life together on their family and he was blessed to be surrounded by many loved ones in the hour of his passing. The family wishes to thank the caring staff at Sutter Roseville Hospital and Sutter Hospice, Drs. Malcolm McHenry and Scott Wigginton, and his many friends who kept in contact with him the last several years.  

A celebration of Moody’s life will be held November 1, 2013, 2:00 p.m., at East Lawn Memorial Park, 5757 Greenback Lane, Sacramento. 916.732.2020. Reception immediately following. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Salvation Army, Disabled Veterans, Sacramento Food Bank, or a charity of your choice.    


  • Slawson says:

    All of our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. We will miss Moody very much. He was a true treasure. He was alwas to thoughtful and caring. We know he truly loved all of his family and came to visit when he could. Our hearts are sadden that he’s not here but joyful that one day we will see him again. Love Jimmy & Cheryl Slawson, Bobby & Connie Slawson, & Dorothy Slawson Craft.

  • Debbie (Hall) Donald says:

    Aunt Liz, Nancy, Maria, Lonnie-my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. We all loved Uncle Moody and will greatly miss him. He was a special person, and he will always have a special place in my heart. I love you all.

  • Ray and Jalane Hall says:

    For all of us that LOVED him: Your memories are priceless and will forever be remembered. Not only were you a great man, but the best and favorite uncle. Our visit to California will always be a cherished time spent with you. Special memories of phone calls that we shared,”how to make chicken and dumplings and banana pudding” and many other happy family talks,where we learned everything about your grandchildren. These are a few of the things we will hold dear to until we meet again in our new home. We love you,Ray and Jalane Hall.

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