After a long and courageous battle with cancer, Laurie Nan Mason, 68, passed away on Tuesday, December 18, 2018, at her Longview home surrounded by family.
Laurie was born August 21, 1950, in San Antonio, Texas, to the late Roy Jackson Chatham and Florence Chatham. The daughter of an Air Force Major, she grew up all over the world, attending schools in Alaska, California, and Japan, among others. She graduated from Warner Robins High School in Georgia in 1968. Laurie married the love of her life, Frank, on August 25, 1974, in San Antonio, TX. She devoted her life to motherhood and never missed a dance recital, band concert, or football game. Traveling to Hong Kong in 2014 for the birth of her first grandchild was one of the great joys of her life.
She was a loving and devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother, and ‘Granny.’ Laurie will be remembered for the unconditional love that she gave to her family and friends and for the wry wit and stoic optimism with which she approached all that life threw her way. She was an avid reader, lover of music, and slayer of crosswords puzzles. She welcomed all into her home with open arms and an open refrigerator.
Laurie is survived by her husband of 44 years, Frank “Brick” Morris Mason, Jr. of Longview, her three children: daughter, Elizabeth Rie Mason Shadock with husband Daniel of New York, NY, and sons, John Chatham Mason, and Matthew Everett Mason with wife Alex of Longview, her precious grandsons Jackson and Henry Shadock of New York, NY; sister Jackie Young with husband John of Dallas, TX, three nieces, one nephew, and countless other loving family and friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents Roy Jackson Chatham and Florence Chatham, and sister, Sara Lynn Tidmore.
The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to Dr. Larry Frase, Dr. Joseph Hodges, Wanda, Tony, and all of the other wonderful people at Texas Oncology and Heartsway Hospice.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
She was loved and respected, and will be missed dearly.