Our beloved mother, Dorothy Dean Mason, of Myrtle Point, Oregon passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, October 10, 2013, surrounded by her family.
She was born February 7, 1933 in Hood River, Oregon to Arnold Leroy Lambert and Dolly Elaine Eisele. She met the love of her life, Curtis Dean Mason, Sr., in Powers, Oregon where Dean was working for the railroad and Dorothy was working as a waitress in the Powers Café. They married on October 15, 1949. They lived for a short time in Cottage Grove before putting down roots in Myrtle Point where Dean worked as a telegrapher for the railroad. They lived in Myrtle Point for over 50 years before retiring in Gold Beach.
Dorothy worked for several years at the veterinary offices in Myrtle Point, first with Dr. Whittaker and then with Dr. Haug. In June of 1965, Dean and Dot purchased a former small grocery store building on Main Street from Emma Schneider and Lena Warner. That building became the original insurance and tax business of C. D. Mason Agency where Dean and Dot worked for over 40 years before transitioning the business to their son Ronald Mason and daughter-in-law Judy in 2002.
Dorothy enjoyed travelling the world with her husband Dean. They were fortunate to be able to visit several different countries during their lifetime, as well as travel across and around the United States. They also enjoyed many wonderful years on the Hilo side of the big island in Hawaii where they established life-long friendships with many individuals.
Dorothy was a warm, giving soul who brought love into our lives and surrounded us all with her gracious hospitality. She was her happiest when surrounded by family and friends and having her babies to cuddle. She welcomed them all with open arms and her love for them never wavered. She enjoyed many family Christmas gatherings, Easters watching grandchildren and then great-grandchildren hunting for Easter eggs, family gatherings at Powers Park, annual family camping trips at Huntley Park on the Rogue River, and many family camp-outs at the cabins in Lakeside eating freshly caught seafood. She especially enjoyed all the boat rides on the Rogue River and around Lakeside. One of her favorite things to do when family got together, was to sit down in the evenings and play pinochle with her “boys”. She also enjoyed going to garage sales with the girls and playing at the casinos, as well as all the girl trips to Hawaii.
Dorothy was a den mother in Cub Scouts for several years, active in her church and the church social life, a volunteer counselor at several church camps, and always lending a helping hand with many community and civic functions. She loved to crochet and do crafts and her delicate handiwork is treasured by all who were gifted with those items.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Curtis Dean Mason, Sr. who passed away August 31, 2009. She was also preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Shirley Holtti and Anita Erickson and two brothers, Arnold Lambert, Jr. and Charles Nelson Lambert.
She is survived by her children Ronald Mason and wife Judy of Myrtle Point, OR; Eleanor (Mason) Kistner of Camas Valley, OR; Curtis Mason of Milwaukee, OR; and Mark Mason and wife Vickie of Myrtle Point, OR. She had 10 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. She is also survived by brothers and sisters Richard Lambert and wife Patricia of Eugene, OR; Robert Lambert and wife Linda of Oak Ridge, OR; Louis Lambert of Portland, OR; and Judy Kinyon and husband Bob of Sutherlin, OR.
A celebration of life is planned for Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at the Oaks Pavillion Building, Myrtle Point Fairgrounds, Myrtle Point, Oregon. Food and refreshments to follow.