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MASON, Rosemary Margaret

December 31, 1927 – Winnipeg, Manitoba
August 6, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

It is with great love and sadness that the family of Rosemary Mason announces her passing on August 6, 2019 at the age of 91.

Rosemary was born in Winnipeg, the only child of Willis and Agnes Darlow. She married William Donald (Don) Mason on May 9, 1953 in Winnipeg. They left Winnipeg for Edmonton in 1960, when their two children were just entering elementary school. Anticipating a life of golf, travel and leisure, Rosemary and Don moved to Kelowna in 1980. Sadly, Don passed away from cancer months later. Rosemary enjoyed her time in Kelowna, but moved to Calgary in 1993 to be closer to her children and grandchildren.

Rosemary was a social butterfly, with a wide variety of interests, involving many different organizations and groups. She loved people, and would talk to anyone. She was known for her “stories”. She was a phenomenal organizer. Never content to be just a member of a group, and not afraid of responsibility, she often became the President of many groups (Newcomer’s Club, Canadian Club, Board of the Sundance Villas, and AgeCare Midnapore Red Hat Society). Her chief occupation was homemaker, but she also held many important, demanding paying positions (Personal Secretary, Census Commissioner, and Returning Officer). She was an avid gardener, grew and showed African Violets, played golf, made wine, sang in Glee Clubs and choirs, acted in plays, fundraised for the Rio Terrace Community League building, volunteered for the Misericordia Community Hospital and the Liberal party, played bridge, organized clubs, square danced, painted, traveled, read extensively, and hosted innumerable dinners and coffee/tea/sherry parties. Her family, friends, and pets were vitally important to her. She created and passed along an abundance of cherished family traditions, heirlooms, and memories.

Rosemary is survived by her daughter, Margaret McKeen (Robert) in Lethbridge and her son, Murray Mason (Susan) in Calgary. She is also survived by her four grandsons, Christopher McKeen, Ryan Mason (Kathryn), Brady Mason (Kaitlyn) and Mark Mason (Kristina); and her three great-grandsons, Benjamin, Lennon, and Arlo; as well as her cousins, and a multitude of lifelong and treasured friends.

Rosemary was predeceased by her husband, her parents, and her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Victor and Margaret Skinner.

A Private Memorial will be held to honour Rosemary at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY in Calgary, Alberta. Condolences may be forwarded through www.McInnisandHolloway.com. If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549, www.heartandstroke.ca.

In living memory of Rosemary Mason, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W., Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Sending all of you my love and hope that your memories of Rosemary and her accomplishments will fill your hearts for years to come

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  2. Dear Murray and Sue; we are very sorry to learn of the passing of Murray’s Mom. Your Mom’s tree will be close to one planted for my Mom too (Alice), as she passed away in Calgary last year while visiting my sister. It’s a lasting memory, and I’m sure that all the memories and family stories and traditions will be of comfort as well. Our sincere condolences; take care. Love Jim & Sandra

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  3. My Mom and Dad, Joan and Charlie Watson, were friends of you Mom. Dad passed away in 2002 and Mom in 2012. I remember being at your Mom’s home in Kelowna and Calgary. Your Mom was a neat lady. My condolences to the family.

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  4. Margaret, Murray and families
    So sorry to hear about Rosemary. I worked with her back in the seventies in the federal election returning office. We have kept in touch since then. Always enjoyed her annual Christmas letters with family updates.
    Friends to comfort you, memories to strengthen you and love to bring you peace.
    My condolences Love Donna

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