Margaret Mason Obituary (1939-2021) – Greensboro, NC
Mason, Margaret “Chellie”
April 7, 1939 – August 6, 2021
When she was born at home in New Bern, NC, Chellie was so small she shouldn’t be alive. Eighty-two years later, her family and friends gather at 3 p.m. on August 21, 2021 at the Greensboro Unitarian Universalist Church, 5603 Hilltop Rd., Jamestown, NC to celebrate their lives (masks required).
Chellie had passed away from her parents, Arthur Kelly Mason, Sr. and Chellie Jewell Ezzell Mason, and two brothers, Arthur Kelly Mason, Jr. and Homer L. Mason. Chellie is survived by the brothers Hugh A. Mason, Springfield, MO; Romulus (Rome) A. Mason, Irmo, SC; Sisters Mary A. Mason Henline, Huntersville, NC; Virginia D. Mason Hixon, Fayetteville, NC; Nephew David Mason, Glenmoore, PA; Matthew L. Mason, Greensboro, NC; Lee Nelson, Roseboro, NC; Nieces Deborah Mason Wuthnow, Austin, TX; Dawn Moore, Rock Hill, SC; Laura Mason Altizer, Greensboro, NC; Amy Mason Hunter, Clemmons, NC; Theresa Afrank, Wasilla, AK; Kristy Bell, Climax, NC; Great-nephews, great-nieces, and cousins too numerous to list; and her four-legged friends Chance and Athena.
Chellie graduated from Fayetteville Senior High School in Fayetteville, NC in 1956. She attended Woman’s College in Greensboro, NC from 1956 to 1957 before moving to Los Angeles. She continued her education with evening advanced courses at the University of California at Los Angeles and with computer-aided training in information technology.
Chellie has been a Jill of all trades throughout her career, working in areas from office management to information technology. Her work took her coast to coast and even included a position as a researcher with the House Select Committee on Assassinations. Chellie’s career really took off when she joined Cyprus Mines Corporation in Los Angeles. When Cyprus merged with Amoco Minerals, Chellie was promoted to Payroll / Benefits Supervisor and relocated to Denver, CO. From there she took a job as a computer programmer / analyst before moving to Electronic Data Systems. Here she was working on projects that trained users in Microsoft software, but not before training herself! After 31 years of service, Chellie finally retired from EDS in 1993.
It has always been important to Chellie to work on improving the community wherever she lived. In Los Angeles, she volunteered at the children’s hospital, rode her bike to work when the city bus drivers went on strike, and showed up on Christmas Day as Mrs. Santa Claus in a handcrafted floor-length red velvet dress. In Colorado, she volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Attorney (CASA) to protect abused or neglected children and taught elementary school-age students. In Greensboro, Chellie was a longtime volunteer in the Adult Center for Enrichment’s Care Partners program, which gave people caring for a loved one at home some respite. She was an avid reader and served on the Greensboro One City One Book Planning Committee. Chellie was a member of the League of Women Voters of the Piedmont Triad and a former board member. She was a member of Greensboro’s City Academy Program in 2009. Chellie has participated in many Greensboro interfaith efforts: organizing the Eyes Wide Open exhibition at the depot, planning and attending courses for seniors in the Shepherd’s Center’s Adventures in Learning program , Teaching Montagnard students in a local church and as a member of the local task force of the Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Project.
When Chellie was in her mid-30s, a colleague told her that she “sounded like a Unitarian”. She attended a Unitarian Universalist (UU) church in Pasadena to find out what the Unitarians were all about. From then on she became a member of a UU church in the city where she lived. She was a member of the choir of Throop Memorial UU Church, Pasadena, CA and chaired the Social Concerns Committee of the First Universalist Church in Denver. She has served in many roles at the Greensboro Unitarian Universalist Church: Chair of the Social Action Committee, Board Member, Committee on Ministry, Chair of Denominational Affairs, and a member of Lay Pastoral Care Associates.
All of her life, Chellie’s first love was her pets, many of which were rescued from animal shelters. Notable among them was Little Bit, a gentle Samoyed; Yuki, a 120-pound. Malamute, who could stand on his hind legs and look at someone with 6 ‘4 “eyeball to eyeball; Tinka Bell and Startic Miss, mischievous Samoyed sisters who taught themselves to unlock sliding glass doors so they could escape in the mountains of Colorado; and Lurch, an intimidating but gentle presence at 110 pounds who took shelter in the bathtub during thunderstorms, Chellie once looked after 22 stray cats and / or kittens and eventually found homes for all of them.
Instead of flowers, please consider adopting a new friend from your local animal shelter, or send a donation in memory of Chellie to one of the following Greensboro nonprofit organizations: the Unitary Universalist Church of Greensboro, the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of the Piedmont Triad (SPCA), Faith Action International House, or Shepherd’s Center of Greensboro.
Published by Greensboro News & Record on August 18, 2021.