I can't say what, but something this evening brought the thought of Marilyn Mason and her wonderful mother, Sharon, into my mind in what I can only describe as an incredibly emphatic sort of – well, PuSh. I brought out my computer, and ran this search: “Calgary Marilyn Mason Sharon Mason”. Up came Sharon Mason's obituary.
I apologize for not being aware of Sharon's death until now, and to have missed the opportunity to honour her life at her service. To all of Sharon's children and the next generations of Masons, whatever your last names happen to be, I offer my heartfelt sympathy for your loss.
I have some pretty awesome memories of my friendship with Marilyn, the two of us laughing together through years of weekly Knox Church, from teeny to teens and the first Knox Church Handbell Choir. Ah, the days before gloves! As Marilyn's friend and a Knox kid, I often interacted with Sharon.
Sharon didn't expect perfection in a person, but she appreciated and praised an honest attempt. Even though she could lay down the law, around Sharon, I always felt accepted. Sharon was one of my "authority figures" in the 60s & 70s, and also one of the most accepting, loving, comfortable people I knew. For me, she role-modeled strength; she had an ability to understand people's feelings for what they were, without judgment; she wasn't afraid to show compassion; and she possessed a solid backbone. She loved her children.
To Sharon's loved ones, your mother/grandmother/great-grandmother was a Great-Woman. I feel privileged to have had her guidance during the formative years of my life.
Sharon loved life even when life was tough, and she was a fighter, and she was graceful. It must have been a terrible struggle for all of you to help her through her Alzheimer's. I'm sure you will all miss her terribly and my thoughts are with you. For whatever reason Sharon inserted herself into my thoughts tonight, I choose to believe that she just wants you all to know how much she loves you, by reminding me of how much she loved you when we were all kids. Namaste, Blessings to all of you
We are so sad to hear of Sharon's passing. Our sincerest condolences to Brian and all of the family. Sending our best from Chicago.
I am saddened to hear of Sharon's passing. We have been blessed to have her in our lives. My sincere condolences are sent to the family,
We were saddened to learn of Sharon's passing and our sympathy and prayers go out to her family.
Sharon was a teacher at Alexander Ferguson Elementary while our daughters attended. She taught our now 30 yr. old daughter who blossomed under "Mrs. Mason's" gentle and learned teaching. Sharon encouraged Lindsay to strive to reach her potential in every way as she did with all her students.
We will continue to carry special memories of Sharon and are thinking of all of you.
Gayle and Doug Driediger
Sharon was one of the first people I spoke to at Knox when she was looking for volunteers to play handbells. That was the beginning of several years of music making and friendship! I will always remember her cheerful, welcoming smile. Peace be with you all.