Gena Virginia Mason
Passed away June 28, 2013 in Basildon England. Gena was born in Chicago to Dr. Eugene Mason Sr. and Myra DeBow Mason November 29, 1972 and raised in Indianapolis. As a young girl she was baptized at Light of the World Christian Church and participated in many youth activities at the church.
Gena loved life, learning and the arts. She was valedictorian of her St.Richards Episcopal School class and won a scholarship to Park Tudor High School. For college she was honored to be selected for the first class of Wells Scholars at Indiana University. Through this program Gena was able to spend her junior year at the Sorbonne, Paris. She was also a recent graduate of the Columbia University School of Law.
Her community involvement included the Indianapolis Civic Theatre, the Peace Center, Jack and Jill, International Center Childrens Choir, and Center for Leadership Development.
Gena also represented the City in the NAACP ACT-SO national competitions in the poetry writing and painting categories.
Gena loved music of all types and enjoyed playing various instruments and singing with mostly struggling rock groups in New York, Los Angeles and other cities. Her youthful dream was to be a rock star. After completing law school her dream was to operate a pro bono law office for low income persons needing legal assistance.
Gena laughed easily and often. She was a wonderful companion with broad interests such as seeing quirky foreign films, attending concerts of all kinds, trying out as movie extras, supporting Earth Day activities, going to dog shows, roaming the grounds of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, spending Sunday afternoons at the Central Library, attending poetry readings or joining hands with hundreds to help create the We are the World link to feed the hungry. A light has truly gone out of our lives.
Gena's survivors include her parents; grandmother Franceda Cross McNeece; brothers Harold Harris II (partner Stacey); and Eugene Mason Jr; nieces Tonica Harris, Teena Harris, and Liliana DeWeese; nephew Harold Harris III; and many cousins and friends.
The family is deeply grateful to Brockfield House and Basildon Hospital, British National Health System which provided loving care for this traveler in need; and to Dr. Joseph Vanable, Purdue University and NAMI for unwavering support.
Services will be held on Saturday, July 20 at 2 p.m. in Crown Hill Funeral Home , preceded by visitation starting at Noon.
In lieu of flowers, friends who desire may make a contribution in Gena's name to the Indianapolis Library Foundation 2450 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis 46208.