Mary Jo Bashaw, 72, of Tampa FL, passed away on October 16, 2018. Mary Jo was known as an artist gifted by God. Highlights of her long artist career included induction into the Davis Island branch of America’s oldest women’s creative association, the League of American Pen Women, in the category of Art; as well as designing uniform patches as part of Hallmark Emblems for astronauts in NASA’s Apollo mission series—including the patches and American flag that went to the moon in the Apollo 11 mission. As a known Tampa artist, Mary Jo hosted multiple galleries of personal artwork and joined other area artists at exhibitions and live demonstrations.
In addition to her artistic talent, Mary Jo is remembered by family and friends for her caring heart born from her faith and love of her Lord Jesus Christ; she took people at face value without being critical or gossiping. She sacrificed years of her life to the care of others, especially her elderly parents. Mary Jo cared for all her family members—taking them on trips, making memories, and making time to call. Her closest friends recall Mary Jo treating them as family, sharing food at gatherings, and attending musicals at the Straz Center. She possessed a zest for life that showed itself in her penchant for humor, her adoration of bright clothes and makeup, her care for children and animals, and her absolute love of sports—she attended the very first Tampa Bay Buccaneers game, designed decals for professional race cars, and was the unofficial portrait and action artist of the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Mary Jo was active at Church of the Lakes Evangelical Presbyterian Church as a choir member, performance artist, and Catechism teacher to children.
Mary Jo is survived by one brother, Kenneth Lea Bashaw; her nephews Philip Lea (Jessica) Bashaw and John Louis Bashaw; her nieces Laura (Barry) Bashaw Smith, Rhonda (Tommy) Bashaw Weaver, Julie (Joe) Bashaw McAda; and her two sisters-in-law Ellen Carey Walton and Carolyn (Louis) Bashaw; as well as numerous other great-nephews, great-nieces, and close friends.
Mary Jo is preceded in death by her parents William Niles Bashaw and Dorothy Henryetta Miller Bashaw, her brothers Robert Niles Bashaw and Wilbur Louis Bashaw, her nephew Robin Niles Bashaw, and her neice Jennifer Lynne Bashaw Seigel; and her sister-in-law Susan (Kenneth) Murray Bashaw; as well as other great-nephews, great-nieces, and close friends.
Hello, I don’t know Mary Jo. But today I was in the Salvation Army in Lakeland store today, and found her Bible I think. In the front cover it says, presented to Mary Jo Bashaw on her 16th birthday by Mother and Dad 1962. It caught my eye, because I was born in 1962 and I had a beloved Aunt Mary. I googled her name and found this posting. My daughter is also an artist. I purchased her Bible and if you would like it back because it was mistakenly lost, please contact me. God bless you. Connie 334-200-3966.