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Maryann Mason

Maryann's wish was not to be a burden in her old age and she greatly succeeded by being a joy to all. Maryann came from the small town of Polo, Illinois having been born eighty-six years ago and never lost her Midwestern sense of humor and witty Irish tongue. Always a lady, she wouldn't leave the house without impeccable clothes and presentable hair which was still the case after passing peacefully at home. Mrs. Mason was a lifelong English teacher who taught over forty-six years including thirty in Seattle. We estimate she educated well over five-thousand students and she repeatedly said that no matter what education trend came along or how times changed, "kids were kids." Even after leaving the classroom she returned to volunteer by reading to children. After retiring she worked in her cherished garden in Bryn Mawr (Renton) before moving to Shoreline to be with her beloved grandchildren Oliver and Tessia. Maryann is survived by her son, Tim, daughter-in-law Christine, grandchildren, and brothers Dick, Jim and John Hackett. She was preceded in death by her husband Ed Mason. There will be no formal funeral at her request but a celebration of her life will be held and it will definitely include a glass of her Chardonnay with ice. To honor Maryann, please give a book to a child to provide the lifelong gift of reading.

A funeral mass will be held at St. Luke's in Shoreline on Friday, June 15th, at 4pm. A Celebration of Life will follow at 5pm.

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Published in The Seattle Times on May 27, 2018.
Celebration of Life
St. Lukes
Funeral Mass
04:00 PM
St. Luke's
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May 21, 2020
I loved this woman as if she were my sister.Blessed to have shared many days With herUntil her passing
Barbara Hauser
February 20, 2020
I still think about Maryann when I walk on the bluff in Richmond Beach with my dog. We met on the trail there by her home and enjoyed our times together with our dogs, her little Howie and and my Sheltie, Rondi. I didn't learn of her passing until some months later when I saw her daughter-in-law in front of their home. The home was sold but there is a lovely Little Free Library there in her memory. She was a joy to talk to and we both loved our walks together above the beautiful Salish Sea. I still park in front of the house when I go there.
Trella Hastings
June 3, 2018
Maryann was a sophomore at Northern Illinois State Teachers College when we met in a Fine Arts class. It was the start of a 66 year long friendship. From A. Stevenson to J F Kennedy political rallies, hiking adventures in Glacier Park, to the top of the Empire State Bldg.; being with Maryann made it all the more exciting and memorable. So many years with so much sharing - Maryann was all you could ask for in a best friend.
Maryann, you will be greatly missed.
Janet Gregory
May 27, 2018
UPDATE: There will be a funeral mass for Maryann on Friday, June 15th, 4pm at St. Luke's Church in Shoreline. A celebration of her life will start at 5 pm in the school auditorium.
Tim Mason
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