Independence – Lucille “Mac” Mason, 96 years old, of Solon, Iowa, formerly of Independence, Iowa, died peacefully on Friday, November 29, 2019, at the Solon Retirement Village. Born April 20, 1923, to Henry and Mary (Janikula) McNeely of Montrose, Minnesota, Lucille graduated from Montrose High School in 1941. She attended St. Mary’s School of Nursing in Minneapolis, Minnesota, earning her license as a Registered Nurse in 1944. Lucille enjoyed a long career as an R.N. , finding her work particularly fulfilling. Lucille met the love of her life, Joseph Edmund Mason, Sr., on a streetcar in Minneapolis during World War II. Upon his return from military service, Lucille and Joe were married on July 9, 1946, in Waverly, Minnesota and had five children. They moved to Independence, Iowa, in 1958, where Joe managed the C.R. Anthony Co. Store and Lucille worked at People’s Hospital. Joe preceded her in death in 1973.
Lucille was a long time member of St. John’s Catholic Church, where she was an active volunteer and a 40 year member of Catholic Daughters. She was also involved in many organizations in Independence including the American Red Cross, donating over 40 quarts of blood in her lifetime, the American Legion Auxiliary, the V.F.W. Auxiliary, 4-H Clubs, Girl Scouts and Garden Club. Playing Bridge, collecting buttons, and gardening were a few of her hobbies. Lucille was a wonderful hostess and made holidays very special for her family and friends. She particularly enjoyed her roles as Grandmother and Great Grandmother and her legacy shines on through her family.
Mrs. Mason is survived by her 4 daughters, Mary Beth (John) Turgasen of Iowa City, Iowa, Susan (Cory) Kissell of Bloomington, Minnesota, Pam (Ed) Winfield of Burnsville, Minnesota, and Jill (Jack) Dicker of Dallas, Texas, 8 grandchildren, and 9 great grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, 1 son, Joseph E. Mason, Jr., 1 brother, and 3 sisters.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 5, 2019, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Winthrop, Iowa. Rev. David Beckman will be the Celebrant. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Independence . Friends may call for visitation from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4th, at the White Funeral Home in Independence, and for an hour before the service in Winthrop. On line condolences may be left at www.White-MtHope.com.