Gwen Overley Mason, 80, of Inverness, Fla., went home to be with the Lord, on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. She was born in Jacksonville, Fla., living most of her life in Tampa where she met Gene Mason in junior high school. They were later married in 1951. She taught Sunday school in Brandon and sang in the choir much of her life. She loved the Lord Jesus Christ and was active in the church. They moved to Inverness in 1987 and have been active in Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church since 1992. She was also active in Gideons International since 1976. During that time, she held every office in the Citrus County Camp Auxiliary and served on the State cabinet for three years.
Gwen was primarily a loving wife, mother and homemaker. Survivors include her husband, Gene; her son, E.E. "TB" Mason Jr. (Lynne); her daughter, Linda Chapman (Rye); her brother, Wayne Overley (Betty); her granddaughters, Beth Goins (Todd), Melissa Pennello (Rob) and Heather Compton (Shannon); and 11 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church in Lecanto. The Rev. Ray Cortese will officiate. Gwen's family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until the hour of service. Interment services will be at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. In lieu of flowers, it is requested contributions be made to The Gideons International, P.O. Box 1183, Crystal River, FL for the placement of In Memory Bibles. Heinz Funeral Home & Cremation in Inverness, Fla., is handling the arrangements.