February 13, 1930 — December 26, 2017
Marjorie Mason, age 87, passed away on December 26, 2017, at her home in Salem.
She was born in Omaha, Nebraska, on February 13, 1930, to Martin and Lillian Fox and was the oldest of eight children, with four brothers and three sisters.
Marge endured a long battle with congestive heart failure with the goal of spending one last Christmas with loved ones.
At the age of five, the family moved to Clark, South Dakota. Marge graduated high school at Watertown High in 1948. Marge was an extremely hard working teenager, helping her parents raise her siblings, tending to the farm, and starting a long career of working in hospitals.
Marge moved to Salem in 1951. She worked in the medical field for over 50 years starting as an X-ray technician and advancing to a CT technologist. As a natural born caregiver, she loved her job because it allowed her to help people.
Marge married James Kirkpatrick in 1953. Together, they had two children, Steven and Laurie. The family moved to San Jose, California, in 1955, where Marge continued her career working at San Jose Hospital.
In 1963, Marge married Dale Mason and had two children, Kevin and Lynnette. Along with Dale’s two children, Donna and Mike Mason, the family had grown to eight.
In 1970, the family moved to Corvallis. This was a great opportunity for Marge to grow close with her siblings and cousins who also lived in the area. They were able to bond at family outings, more specifically Uncle Jerry’s house.
Sadly, in 1977, Marge’s oldest child Steven died in a car crash. Marge would forever have a broken heart but would do her best to be strong for her other children.
Marge retired from Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis in 1997, ending 27 years of devout service. Shortly after, Marge moved back to Salem and lived there for the remainder of her life.
Marge had many hobbies, including bowling (where she once carried a 167 average), dancing, canning and watching sports. She was a member of the Four Seasons social group and her local Senior Center where she made many friends playing Pinochle, Mexican Train, and Marbles.
Marge’s greatest joys in life were being involved in the lives of her grandchildren and holding babies. Nobody loved holding a baby as much as Marge.
Marge attended the Church of the Nazarene with many family members and friends. She will be dearly missed by not only her children and surviving siblings but also by her 12 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson.
She was incredibly loved. May her memory be eternal.
Funeral services to follow at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, January 5, 2018 at the Salem First Church of the Nazarene. Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. at Twin Oaks Memorial Gardens in Albany.
Arrangements by Howell Edwards Doerksen with Rigdon-Ransom Funeral Directors of Salem.