Ruth A. Mason
1929 - 2021
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Ruth A. Mason
July 5, 1929 - Feburary 14, 2021
Ruth Alma Mason born July 5, 1929 in Newark New Jersey the fourth child of five of Nathan and Rose E Lowe. Wife of late Nathaniel H Mason Sr., Mother of Nathaniel H Mason Jr of College
Grove TN, and Douglas N Mason of Limerick PA. Stepmother of Alice Benjamin of East Orange NJ. She was baptized at Bright Hope Baptist Church in Newark. She grew up in Newark NJ and graduated from West Side high school in 1947. She had a large extended family of siblings and cousins, as well as her beloved older half-sister and brother of Columbus OH, Polly Pruitt and Frank Lowe.
Mom had a natural ability for facts and figures; accordingly, she chose to leverage those skills in accounting and shorthand. As a young lady of color, she pursued one of the few avenues of professionalism available at the time, studying stenography she became a secretary. Hence, she began her career at New Jersey Bell telephone.
As a talented professional woman, she left New Jersey Bell telephone to pursue a passion. After obtaining a real estate license, she attended Cosmetology school and became a licensed beautician. If present, many a neighborhood girl would recall my mother's hairstyling in preparation for their meaningful events or occasions. She soon transitioned back a secretarial role, first at New Jersey State Unemployment. Later she ascended to her career defining post in New Jersey's Attorney General's Office as Legal Secretary for the Director of Civil Rights. Here she engaged in and facilitated many landmark legal proceedings. Eventually encountering a future Supreme Court Justice, which she held in disdain. Retiring 1991, she studied communications at Montclair State College.
Personally, she met and married our father Nat Mason Sr. in December 1958. They first settled in Newark and finally in Montclair NJ in February 1966. She resided there for 32 years raising two boys. In Montclair, she built many life enduring friendships; becoming an active member of St Paul Baptist church; fulling a passion for travel both domestic and international. My mother and father enjoyed raising two boys, instilling wisdom, strength and perseverance in preparation for an ever-evolving world. In 1998, after the passing of our father in 1989, Mom moved to Limerick PA, joining her eldest son (Douglas) and soon begin the next chapter of her life as "Granny" to grandchildren Kyle and Natalie Mason. After 18 years of doting affection (sometimes smothering) she moved to College Grove TN in 2016, joining her youngest son (Nat) and his growing family. There she became known as "Grandma" to her grandson "Mason" (Nathaniel the 3rd) and at times 'overruled' parental guidance in his favor. Frequently, calling on her daughter-in-law for around-town outings, Deanna would muse to her favorite 'dance partner'… "Let's roll Ruth!"
She survived by her loving family; Douglas and Wendy Mason, Nathaniel and Deanna Mason, Alice and Theopolis Benjamin. Grandchildren; Kyle, Natalie, Nathaniel 3rd, Derrick and Darrell. 3-Nieces and 5-Nephews.

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Published in The Star-Ledger on Feb. 21, 2021.
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February 23, 2021
Douglas (Wendy), Nathaniel, Jr (Deanna), Kyle, Natalie, Nathaniel, 3rd (affectionally known as Mason) and other family and friends today we funeralize your Mother, Mother-in-Law, Granny/Grandma and my Friend, Mrs. Mason. Today our hearts are weak and weary because she meant so many things to each and everyone of us in different ways. To lose a Mother/Grandmother is unbearable to say the least. Your Mom/Granny/Grandma was a phenomenal woman that God put on this Earth to make a difference in your lives and others. From the outside looking in, I knew from conversations that she LOVED you all dearly and she wanted nothing but the best for all of you.
She gave you all the foundation to thrive in life and if you all keep to that foundation you all will thrive or continue to thrive. Sure, a void with her physical absence will be there, but know that her Spiritual presence will always be there to guide and comfort you all. It won’t be evident today, tomorrow or in the near future, but one day it will become clear as the sky is blue.
Douglas and Nat or as she affectionately referred to you as “her” boys she would want you two to always be there for one another and carry on the family name. Kyle, as her first Grandchild she was so thrilled to have you come into her life at an advanced age. She would always talk about you with the utmost pride as only a first time Grandma could. Natalie, being the only girl Grandchild, she just loved the young lady that you were/are developing into. She marveled at your writing skills. And then last but not least, the youngest Grandchild, Mason whom she got a chance to spend the last five (5) plus years of her life with, your Grandma was in heaven on Earth because you brought so much JOY to her last years on this Earth. She treasured the wisdom, intelligence and compassion you have at such a young age. She was concerned, Mason, with you being so young that she wouldn’t have many years to spend with you and you wouldn’t remember her. I assured her that you were so wise that all the special time that you two shared would be ingrained in your memory and you will definitely remember her. I know you all will carry the Mason legacy on in remembrance of the magnificent, Mrs. Mason.
After today, life on Earth will never be the same without her physical presence, a new normal will have to take place. But remember that each of you had an impact on the quality of her life while she was here. Mrs. Mason was satisfied with her life, she took it in stride and she knew one day she was going home to be with her Lord and be reunited with her beloved husband, Mr. Mason, whom she missed so much, and other loved ones.
Finally, take the time you all need to grieve this wonderful treasure of a woman, Mrs. Mason, that the Lord loaned us for the amount of time HE gave each of us with her and know that one day the fond memories will bring a smile to our faces and hearts. Because of the twenty plus (20+) years we shared as friends, I got to know each of you through her eyes and now that Mrs. Mason is no longer physically here it is my prayer that we stay in touch so that I can continue to know about the progress of the Grandchildren. I know in my heart that that is what Mrs. Mason would want to take place. I love each and everyone of you, just like I did her and you all have my sincere prayers as you all face a new normal without our dearly departed Mrs. Mason. I am here for all of you. God Bless and keep you all!!! ♀
Annette Carter-Gales
February 22, 2021
My dearest friend, Mrs. Mason, favorite Bible verses were Proverbs 3:5-6 which reads 5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Mrs. Mason was a friend of mines for over two (2) decades and the day that she transitioned, Sunday, February 14, 2021 was the day she took part of my heart with her. Although, there was nearly a thirty (30) years age difference between us one could not tell by the closeness of our friendship and the love we had for each other. Age was truly just a number. It’s interesting how we met.
Mrs. Mason had recently moved to Pennsylvania from Montclair, NJ and on one fateful day she and my husband, Kewin, ended up at a local Volvo Dealership for car service. While waiting in the waiting room, Mrs. Mason being Mrs. Mason struck up a conversation with my husband. After finding the conversation engaging and Mrs. Mason impeccable style of dress, Kewin told her, “I think you and my wife would hit it off.” They exchanged telephone numbers and Mrs. Mason impressed upon him to have me call her. Well, for some reason Kewin never passed the message on to me. So, after not hearing from me, Mrs. Mason called Kewin and the two of us had a conversation and from that fateful day until the day she transitioned we were friends. Actually, we had a friends-daughter/second Mom relationship. That relationship included my husband and daughter. We became like a bonus family to one another.
Mrs. Mason and I shared so much in common, we both loved the Lord, enjoyed intellectual stimulating conversations, loved being fashionable, enjoyed decorating and keeping an orderly home, among so many other liked interests.
Mrs. Mason was well versed in the Bible, as her favorite Bible verses should indicate. She didn’t just talk the Bible, she actually strived and did live according to God’s WORD.
So, I say to Mrs Mason, well done God’s good and faithful Servant, you have run your course, you have fought the good fight and now you have earned your final rest. And like your youngest son, Nat, shared with me you just peacefully slept away.
Although, I will miss our long telephone conversations, which we shared so many, at times we talked every day, sometimes more than once a day. In those conversations we shared so much; you taught me so much about life, you shared life’s lessons with me, we talked politics, current events, about family, friends, your travels, which were many, movies—-basically everything from A to Z.
Mrs. Mason, I want to thank you for your invaluable friendship, one I will cherish for the rest of my life. In my heart, I really believe, as you often told me, you cherished our friendship. We had an unconditional love for one another that grew over time from that fateful day when you met Kewin. God brought us together for a reason.
The fond memories I have of you will carry me through the rest of my life. For now, my dear friend I take comfort in knowing that you are resting comfortably in the arms of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
I end this by saying with you transitioning a void has been placed in my life and I will miss you immeasurably. I will not say goodbye, for that is too final, I will, however, say so long until we meet again. Rest well my friend. I love you (we always ended our conversations saying this to one another, so I say it here.)
Your Friend,
Annette Carter-Gales (Kewin and Taylor, too.)
Lower Gwynedd, PA
Annette Carter-Gales
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