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Marion Stirling Mason
(neé McLaren)

May 31, 2017
www.saugeentimes.com

Obituary

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It is with profound sadness and love that we share the peaceful passing of our dear Mother, Nana and great grandmother on May 31, 2017, with family at her side.

Marion was born in Port Elgin, Ontario. She was the beloved daughter of Hugh and Charlotte McLaren and sister of Christine.

She excelled at school and graduated from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Her next educational focus was a Masterís of Nursing Degree at the University of Chicago, which was prematurely terminated by the Second World War. Consequently, she went on to the Ontario College for Education and became a teacher.

On August 22, 1942 she married the love of her life Harley Mason. After the war they settled in London where Harley established a dental practice. They celebrated 62 glorious years of marriage together. Their favourite escape was to the cherished cottage in Port Elgin to spend time with lifelong friends and family.

Our mom adored her children: Janet; Barbara; and David: her grandchildren Chris; Sean; Kelly; Ian; Adrienne; and Andrew: her great grandchildren Nathan; Ryan; Alyssa; Abigail: and Henry. Marion held close her familyís partners: Linda; Brian; Joe; Jennifer; Clint; Lisa; Sabrina; John Daniel; and Alex. She inspired us all with her strength, knowledge, optimism, compassion and sense of justice.

She loved to entertain and was a consummate hostess. Her recipes are cherished and find life in the daily lives of family. Reading was her window on the world. Her love of politics was evident in her daily discussion.

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 At 97.5 she campaigned for Allan Thompson in the last Federal election. She was an active member of First Baptist Church in London and involved in the University Womenís Club for 50 years.

Marion touched many lives through her work with the LIFT Committee with London downtown Churches; volunteering at The London Psychiatric Hospital organizing visiting lunches and Christmas Fairs for the patients; raising funds with the London Dental Wivesí Group to provide dental care for people who couldnít afford the dental care; raising funds to out-fit people in appropriate attire so they could apply for jobs; and helping new mothers in-need with diapers, formula or even a house-keeper.

Marionís philanthropy continued when she took up residence at the Southampton Care Centre when in collaboration with the Activity Department she assisted in organizing and promoting two separate Baby Showers, in honour of the newest Royal children, George and Charlotte. All the baby presents (clothes, diapers, toys and money) were donated to the local Saugeen First Nationsí Womenís Shelter.

Also, through Marionís participation on the Resident Council, she encouraged money to be donated to the local Habitat for Humanity Build and for the Fort McMurray disaster.

A special thank you to the exceptional caregivers at Southampton Care Home. Marion thrived on her special relationships with you!! You were an extension of her family and she loved visiting with you through your pets, children and stories. Your compassion and caring is most deeply appreciated!!!

A celebration of Marionís life will take place at Sanctuary Cemetery, Port Elgin on Friday, August 18th, 2017 at 11:30am. Reception to follow at the T.A. Brown Funeral Home, 510 Mill Street, Port Elgin, 519-832-2222.

Marion believed in ďOperation SmileĒ as a vehicle to transform a childís life with an operation. Please consider donations to: Operation Smile; First Baptist Church in London; Port Elgin United Church; McMaster University Library; or the Port Elgin Library.

Memorial online at www.tabrownfuneralhome.com 
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