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January 25, 2014

Charlotte Grace Mugg

LAKELAND, Fla. — Charlotte Grace Mugg, 87, passed away peacefully Thursday, Jan. 18, 2014, after complications from pneumonia and vascular dementia.

She is survived by her only child, Gregory Mugg, Ph.D., and his wife, Sandra Ivey Mugg, Ph.D., both of Lakeland, and an emotionally-adopted son, Barry Chandler of Tifton. She was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Capt. William G. Mugg.

She is indebted to her “caretaker extraordinaire” Jill Spangler, who gave her female companionship, security and love. In addition, her daily life was enhanced by the understanding and compassionate staff at Southland Suites. Her friends there provided her with friendship, amusement and love.

Born March 6, 1926 in London, England, Grace was the beautiful daughter of John Joseph and Anne Stamford Crinion. As a child of the second World War, she survived the bombing of London. Her husband volunteered to fight in the war prior to America’s entry and was directly involved in the Allied Air invasion of France. He was one of the first of over 50,000 American servicemen to marry an English “girl” and was a dedicated husband and father. Although rare for young women at the time, Grace earned a degree from art school and was a highly regarded portrait and landscape artist at the time she moved to America with her husband and child.

Following the war, the couple initially lived in Chicago, where Capt. Mugg worked as an industrial engineer with Armour Company. After being transferred to Tifton, Grace soon considered it her adopted hometown. There she quickly adapted to her new country’s way of doing business and became involved in a wide array of successful ventures from owning a restaurant and motel, purchase and sales of property to eventually working as an enroll to practice before the IRS tax agent alongside her husband at Bill Mugg Income Tax. “Mrs. Mugg,” as she was endearingly called, was well known in Tifton and loved and respected by her many clients, who appreciated her professionalism and dedication.

In her early years, she enjoyed horseback riding, loved her pets and canine friends and adopted a series of pets from the SPCA, all named Liza. She was an avid conservationist, actively involved in preserving forested areas and environmentally friendly farming practices. St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals and the environment was her favorite saint, and she kept numerous statues of him surrounding her home. She was also an active member of the Episcopalian church, serving on numerous boards and committees.

At her request, her body will be donated to the University of Florida Medical School for research. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that one visits a friend or relative at a nursing home or assisted living facility. Gentry-Morrison Funeral Homes in Lakeland, Fla. is in charge of arrangements.

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