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Sunday, December 13, 2020

Obituary - Angela Phyllis Moseley

At God’s call on the evening of December 9, 2020, Angela’s tour of spreading joy, love and kindness on earth abruptly ended. It is not ours to understand why but to be thankful for the time we had.

Angela Phyllis Moseley (nee Cimini) was born in Providence, RI on April 26, 1944. All of her grandparents had emigrated to the US from Italy. She was the sixth of seven children and the last daughter. In her early teen years, her mother became ill and Angela quit school to take care of her. Shortly after her mother’s death, Angela and a friend took a bus to Los Angeles. She found a job, and later married and had a son. During this period, she completed her GED to get her high school diploma then took some college courses. Soon, they bought a home in Malibu when it was still a small town. Active in Malibu, she led the PTA at Webster Elementary and served on the board of a local not for profit domestic abuse center. Her marriage ended and she became a travel agent at Shannon Travel. Soon she was running Malibu Travel, and, in that capacity, she was able to travel the world befriending a baby monkey in the Amazon jungle, riding camels around the pyramids in Egypt and feasting on the beauty of the south Pacific.

To help another Italian friend and New York Ranger fanatic, she agreed to serve a breakfast shift at Anthony’s Malibu Deli and soon her income exceeded the travel business while allowing more time to raise her son. In late October 1985 she attended a friend’s birthday party at the friend’s home in Malibu. Another friend was at the party and had brought his lawyer along. Both Angela and that lawyer requested coffee and were served instant coffee. Angela pitched a fit and soon she and her new friend had found an expresso pot, coffee beans and a grinder. The coffee klatch that started that night ended on December 9, 2020.

They moved to St. Louis where Warren had a three-year-old son and practiced law. In 1988, Warren acquired a business and they moved to Tulsa. Soon the son was in their custody and Angela became Mom. Active in Tulsa, Angela was a member of the Altar Guild at Trinity Episcopal Church. Trinity sponsored the Iron Gate which fed several hundred homeless each day. For several years Angela got up every day at 5 am, drove to church and cooked for the homeless. The Italian flair to the food was duly noted by the homeless community and attendance grew. It was well known among the homeless that if you got out of line, the little Italian lady would toss you out. Iron Gate is now one of the major charities in Tulsa.

With a son finishing high school, Angela became restless and started working at Crabtree and Evelyn, a boutique in Tulsa’s Utica Square. Soon she was managing the store and putting it in the upper echelon of the chain worldwide. The owner saw an opportunity and sold the stores. Angela moved on. A litany of friends from Trinity, the business and Tulsa generally have dined at Angela’s table. Two of Tulsa’s best chefs were regulars. No one ever left disappointed.

Over the years Angela had grown to love the farm where Warren was raised. The family and friends in Vernon County were her family and friends. She loved them and they loved her. She widened the circle of friends. In 2015, the move to the farm became permanent. She loved Walker and its one gas pump, the people, and All Saints. Five years was shorter than expected but in line with her desire never to be a burden on anyone.

As a final act of giving and loving, Angela had long ago arranged for her body to be delivered to the Midwest Transplant Institute. They have gathered and preserved all useful tissue to save and enhance lives for many years to come.

She is survived by her husband, Warren, of the home; two sons, Michael Joseph Keith of Malibu, CA and Warren Frank Moseley of Park Hills, MO; daughter-in-law, Paige Oberhammer, and grandchildren, Lilliann and Daxton Moseley of Owasso, OK. She is also survived by sisters, Marlene Mancone of Providence, RI, Peggy Pons of Aiken, SC and MaryAnn Morritt of Phoenix, AZ; brothers Matthew Cimini (Judy) of Providence, RI, and William (Billy) Cimini (Janet) of Cary, NC; brother-in-law Charles Thompson (Judy) of Walker, MO. There are many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews who experienced and will cherish her love.

She was predeceased by her parents, Matthew and Michelina (Ruggiero) Cimini; father-in-law and mother-in-law Warren and Bertha Moseley; brother Dominic Cimini and his wife Joan, brothers-in-law Tom Pons, and John Mancone; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Walter and Shirley O’Steen; sister-in-law Barbara Thompson.

She loved Trinity Episcopal and Iron Gate in Tulsa, OK and All Saints Episcopal in Nevada, MO. If you are so inclined, please contribute in her name to one of those.

Due to COVID, a private family service will be held.