Betty Joyce Stovall Mason, age 86, passed away on April 11, 2013, at Park Manor Rehabilitation Center, surrounded by family. She was born on Aug. 26, 1926, to James W. and Charlotte M. Southwick Stovall in Prescott, where she grew up, one of 12 children, and graduated from Prescott High School in 1944.
She met her future husband, Edward W. Mason, who was to be the love of her life, at a dance one evening; and they were married Sept. 7, 1946, in Prescott. They had 46 wonderful years together until his death in 1992.
They started out their married life in Walla Walla, and shortly thereafter moved to the family farm on Minnick Hill, outside of Dixie, to take care of her father-in-law. Betty was a homemaker and she worked on the family farm while raising their three children.
Betty was a lifetime member of the Rebekah Lodge, serving in multiple capacities, including Noble Grand. She also served on the board of directors of the Odd Fellows Home, as well as being secretary/treasurer for the Dixie Cemetery Committee.
Betty loved to cook, canning and putting up preserves even at age 86, solving crossword puzzles and her Saturday-night family pinochle parties gave her great joy.
She and Ed were baptized together in 1955, and her faith in God was always uppermost in her mind. Her family was her greatest joy, especially her grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; her brothers, William, James, Dewey, George and Allan Stovall; her sisters, Mae Curtis, Phoebe Fox; and her three half-sisters, Leanore Buttz, Alice Huckba and Florence Reavis.
She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and Bobbie Mason, James and Julia Mason; daughter, Susan Palmer; grandchildren, Mason and Megan Palmer, Jennifer Mason Montross and husband Michael, James, Jacob and Joseph Mason; her first great-grandchild, Nathaniel Montross who arrived on April 16, 2013; her sister, Ruth Stovall Flynn; and numerous nieces and nephews.
At her request there will not be a service, but a celebration of life is being planned for a later date.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt. She will be laid to rest with her beloved husband at the Dixie Cemetery.
Relatives and friends may write memories and sign the online guest book at www.mountainview-colonialdewitt.com.