Marielle Mascorro died unexpectedly at the age of 33 on the 5th. March 2021. His family and friends are deeply saddened by his passing. Marielle was affectionately called Shorty by everyone who loved her. She was a strong supporter of her family, friends and furry animals. At six feet tall, she didn’t want to be seen. Although Marielle has faced many obstacles in her life, her courage and strength are unstoppable. Mariel never let her disability and pain define her. Instead, she was characterized by her strong character, her generosity and her goodness of spirit. Marielle knew how to ping and give and touched the hearts of others with her cards and handmade crafts.

Born on the 14th. December 1987 in Santa Maria, California, she spent her early childhood with her parents until her mother passed away when she was 12 years old. In 6. In first grade, Mariel moved to Atascadero to live with her Aunt Ana and Uncle Abraham. She attended Santa Rosa Elementary School and then Atascadero High School, graduating in 2006. During her high school years, Marielle was an active member of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) where she diligently cared for a number of pigs that she raised at the Mid-California State Fair. For four years Marielle held various positions and proudly won several ribbons, including Reserve Grand Champion for her beloved pig named Hannah. This experience helped Marielle grow as an adult and marked the beginning of her lifelong love for all animals, especially pigs. Marielle was delighted with all the gifts around the pig. She had tons of souvenirs of pigs, jewelry and socks! And boy, oh boy, was she proud of her ever-growing collection of funny, quirky socks.

Marielle studied diligently at Cuesta Community College and earned an associate’s degree in early childhood development. Her dream was to become a teacher and have her own nursery. She worked as an intern at North Cuesta County Preschool and then as a substitute assistant at North County Christian School with her best friend, Corey Bishop. She also provided childcare for the ABC church group while parents attended Bible studies. She also enjoyed working part-time at the Paso Robles Pumpkin Patch. In short, the children admired Mariel, and Mariel admired the children!

Much of Marielle’s life has been devoted to her faith and her involvement in the Canterbury (Episcopal) Campus Ministry program here in SLO County. Marielle came in contact with Canterbury through youth ministry and soon became involved in youth ministry for Cal Poly and Cuesta students. Through Canterbury, Marielle has participated in local ecumenical retreats at Camp Ocean Pines in Cambria, provincial events in Hawaii (2012) and Seattle (2014), and she helped set up a provincial event in SLO in 2013. These provincial events affected Episcopalian communities on campuses across the western United States, and Marielle’s presence at these events touched the lives of many people who expressed their condolences. Locally, Marielle could always be counted on to help with fundraising for Canterbury and she was always present as a ticket seller on fundraising day so she could meet and greet everyone. She was much loved and will be greatly missed by the Canterbury community.

She is survived by her father, Armando Duran; sister, Amanda Mascorro; brother, Tommy Mascorro; uncles, Javier Mascorro and Abraham Martinez; aunt, Ana Martinez; nieces and nephews, Samantha, Sarah, Joseph, Timothy, and Isiah; cousins, Natalie, Emily, Zach, and Matthew; and many other relatives in California, Texas, and Mexico. She is also survived by her boyfriend Peter Asato, her mother Dorothy Asato-Gallardo (adoptive stepmother) and her chosen family Barbara Goode (mother), Ada Prinsteiner (sister) and David Beausoleil (brother). Not to mention her beloved four-legged friends, Ben (dog), Princess Peach/Princess (dog) and Junior (cat). Marielle was also Bella’s (the dog’s) favourite aunt.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Maria Mascorro Duran; her uncle, Alfredo Mascorro Jr. and her grandparents, Alfredo and Petra Mascorro.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made to the Marielle Shorty Mascorro Memorial Scholarship. Checks payable to the Cuesta College Foundation. Postal address: PO Box 8106 San Luis Obispo CA 93403. All donations must include the name of the scholarship; call 805-546-3279 for more information.

The celebration of life will take place on Wednesday, 31. March at 4pm; Atascadero Bible Church, 6225 Atascadero Ave Atascadero CA.

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