Sunrise: January 14, 1929 - Sunset January 26, 2023
Service: Thursday, Feb. 16, 2023, 11 AM, Mount Zion Baptist Church,
1634 Rev. Dr. S.B. McKinney Ave. Seattle WA 98122
Officiant: Rev Dr. Patricia L Hunter, Interim Pastor
Mary Ellen Daye Mason was born on January 14, 1929, in Cape Girardeau, MO. to Arthur and Edna Daye. She was the middle child of seven. Although she started out in Catholic school putting comic books inside of her textbooks so that she could read them in class, she was christened Heleina and later graduated from a Catholic high school. After high school, Mary married William Miller and to that union, six children were born: Bill, Gary, Alvin, Steven, Philip, and Edna Miller. When her first marriage ended, Mary moved to Seattle in 1958 with her sister Mildred Gregory. She later met and married Grover C. Mason and they had two children: Bruce and Mary Louise Mason. Mary Ellen Mason worked at Harborview Hospital where she retired after many years of service. Along with her job at the hospital, she is very well known among her family and friends for her other job: shopping downtown! She retired from shopping downtown once arthritis set in but that didn't stop her from shopping; HSN and QVC became her new friends. If she wasn't watching the soap operas or westerns, she was watching a TV shopping channel. She also loved to cook. Her signature dishes were teriyaki chicken with rice, meatloaf, and cornbread dressing, Mary had a beautiful smile and friendly disposition. She was generous in her giving and always willing to help those in need. As the Matriarch of the family, she cared for her own and countless others who affectionately called her "Mom.'' She was highly respected for her honest and direct counsel. On January 26, 2023, God called His beloved daughter home to eternal rest. Mary was predeceased by her parents; all of her siblings; and two sons, Bill and Steven. She is survived by her six devoted children; ten loving grandchildren; eleven caring great-grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews; and dear friends. Although petite in stature, Mary made a big impression and was our source of strength. She lived life to the fullest and we know that God is pleased.