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Mary Louise Mason Athens Mary Louise Mason, 87, died August 1, 2014 at Bickford Cottage Assisted Living in Battle Creek where she had resided for nearly four years. Mary Lou was born December 12, 1926 to Earl and Beatrice Mason in the house in Athens where she lived before moving to Bickford Cottage. She graduated from Athens Public School in 1944. She is survived by a brother Luther Mason of Attica, eleven nieces and nephews, and many great and great-great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Jane Maksim and Doris Jordan and brothers William and Richard Mason. Mary Lou attended Community Hospital School of Nursing in Battle Creek as a Cadet Nurse and graduated in 1947. In 1951 she joined the Army Nurse Corps serving during the Police Action in Korea between April 1951 and December 1954. She spent two years at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D.C. and 16 months in Japan. After returning from the Army she attended Wayne State University and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing. She taught nursing at Bronson Methodist Hospital for twenty-eight years, retiring in 1986. Mary Lou attended the Athens United Methodist Church and was a member of the Women's Society. She was a Life Member of the Order of Eastern Star, member of the VFW Post 5319, the WOSL (Women's Overseas Service League), Origami USA and the Red Hat Society. She was a strong supporter of the Athens Historical Society and most Athens community activities. Mary Lou was the 2006 Honorary Citizen for the Athens Summer Homecoming. While in Japan, she learned Origami, Japanese paper folding. She folded origami figures every free moment and enjoyed giving them away to just about everyone whether she knew them or not. Some of her other favorite things were talking with people, wearing hats, poetry, eating out, the color purple, and collecting frogs. She also greatly enjoyed her family sharing her time, paper folding and stories with them. Visitation will be at the Spencer Family Funeral Home in Athens on Thursday, August 7, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Funeral Services 11:00 a.m. Friday, August 8th at Spencer's. Burial will take place at Burr Oak Cemetery in Athens. Memorial contributions may be made to the Athens United Methodist Church or Athens Historical Society. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Arrangements by Spencer Family Funeral Home, Athens. www.spencerfamilyfuneralhome.com

Published in Battle Creek Enquirer from Aug. 2 to Aug. 3, 2014
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