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Memorial for Mary S. Mason



Mary and John Mason

Mary S. Mason
1926-2010

 

Mary was born in Waterloo Iowa, on Nov. 20, 1926 and died of emphysema at home in Palos Verdes on Nov. 7, 2010. She is survived by her husband, John L. Mason; brother, Harry H. Schulte Jr.; brother-in-law, David L. Douglas; children, Andy (Susan), Peter (Roberta), Mary Anne, and John E. (Mary V.); nieces, Margaret Correll (Bill) and Julie Satterlee (Rick); nephews, Rob Gira, Michael Gira (Siobhan), and Dan Gira (Victoria); five grandchildren, Shane, Claire, Lauren, Patrick, and Margaret; eight grand-nieces and grand-nephews; Shane's mother, Carole Duncan, and sister, Shannon Rakestraw (Brandon).

Mary's family moved to Southern California from Iowa in the 1930s. Mary attended Elliott Junior High School, Pasadena City College, and Scripps College, where she received a BA degree in History of Art in 1949. Early jobs were at JPL, UCLA, and Garrett Corp. She did graduate work in math at UCLA, and later continued her studies at USC, where she received an MS in Computer Science in 1976. She worked as a computer programmer at Xerox Corp. from 1979 until her retirement in 1992.

 

Mary was noted for her friendliness and good nature; for her devotion to music, reading, bridge, baseball, and crossword puzzles; and for skills as varied as sculpture and skiing. The family thanks Mary's devoted home caregivers, Joy and May, and also thanks the attentive Torrance Memorial Hospice staff. Per Mary's wishes, there will be no funeral.

 

Mary's husband, John, has been a Member of the PSI Board of Trustees since 1995 and was Secretary of the Board from 1998-2009.

 

[Mary's biographical information is slightly modified from the Los Angeles Times of November 9, 2010.]

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