Valeta 'Val' Imogene Mason
11/22/1920 - 10/16/2016
Valeta passed away peacefully on October 16, 2016 in Auburn, Calif. after a long struggle with Dementia and Arterial Disease.
Born in Angus, Neb. to Floyd and Velda Joiner. Val grew up in the mid-west, surrounded by a loving family that included her two younger siblings, brother Willis and sister Oretta. In 1938, she graduated from Washington Rural High School in Kansas City, Kans.
At 22, she moved to Southern California in the early days of World War II and helped build B-17 bombers. She enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1944 and was stationed in San Francisco where she would eventually meet her future husband, Robert 'Bob' Mason. They remained married for 48 years, until Bob's death in 1993, having raised three children Laurel, William, and the late Dianne.
For over twenty years, Valeta lived and worked in Auburn at Placer Pharmacy and Auburn Drug Company. In 1988, she and Bob moved to Sierra City, Calif. where Bob began his career with the Forest Service and they started their family. Val stayed in Sierra City after Bob's death and began working at the Bassett Station restaurant and store. After her own retirement in 2004, Val moved back to Auburn to be near her family.
Valeta is survived by her sister Oretta Baker of Cumberland, Me. and two surviving children, Laurel La Shell in Auburn and William (Maryn) Mason in Citrus Heights, Calif. She also leaves behind seven grandchildren, 12 great grand children and one great-great grandchild.
Decades of memories, stories, recipes, laughter, and love are just a small part of the legacy she created in her life.
Services and internment will be on November 19, 2016 at 1 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Sierra City, Calif. (Weather permitting).
A Celebration of Life will be held at 12535 Crimson Ct. in Auburn from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, November 20, 2016.
Published in Gold Country Media Newspapers on Nov. 9, 2016