Virginia Joan Mason

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1928 — 2021

“Joan” is remembered as a loving, vivacious, funny and creative person, dedicated to creating the good life for herself, her family and her friends. She loved to cook, and made a lifelong study of the art and science of food. She specialized in international cuisine which was a wonderful gift to her family and friends.

Joan was an avid reader who consumed a book a week on a wide range of topics, enjoying novels, history, biography and more. She was an enthusiastic traveler, always planning her next trip, eager to enhance her view of the wider world. She traveled throughout Europe, Asia, Africa and Central and South America, and reflected her passion for travel in the artifacts that made the spirit of her home. Joan was also a lifelong learner, achieving her degree in anthropology later in life and subsequently participating in a number of archeological digs.

She loved singing and dancing, and participated in community theater. Her family and friends remember her beautiful voice and her scene stealing performance as “Bloody Mary” in “South Pacific,” among other performances. Born in California, she lived in Wisconsin, Florida, South America and Louisiana.

Joan is survived by her husband of 73 years, William Mason, and their children Todd (Imelda), Paula, Nicole (Glen Gibson) and Hunter (Owen Howlett). She also leaves behind 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She will be missed by all those who loved her.

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