Mary-Page Masson, age 89
Known by family and friends for her quick wit and ready smile, longtime Kenwood resident Mary-Page Masson “Page” departed this world on Jan. 18, 2014. She will be missed, and memories of her will linger for a lifetime.
Page approached life with a twinkle in her eye and an upbeat attitude, gently conveying to all her refusal to be of a negative mind. Her philosophy was to walk on the sunny side of the street in the company of her “beloved four-legged friends.” She maintained a lasting and endearing sense of optimism and could always be depended on to enliven conversation with a clever play on words or a quirky turn of a phrase. She was an avid tennis player, folk dancer and animal welfare advocate. She and her husband Charlie rescued dogs, including a survivor of Katrina. Such were her passions.
Early life for Page was growing up in Hillsborough and graduating from the Hamlin School for Girls in San Francisco. Her first employment was with San Francisco Bank in Burlingame, and later she found her way to Germany where she was employed by the United States Embassy in Bonn as a Code Clerk. She recounted her time and experience there as “sterling.”
Her later life was defined and consumed by contributing to the community through tireless work as a volunteer and active participant in Pets Lifeline, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Bergan University of Canine Studies, Luther Burbank Guild at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, Kawana Elementary School, and the Welfare League of Sonoma County. Among those who survive her are her husband Charles Masson; daughter Page Harriet Irwin; brother Shiels Hoelscher; grandchildren Brandon Irwin and Charlie Irwin; great granddaughter AnnaBelle; niece Lori Burnett and nephew Jeff Hoelscher. Her son, Charles Stanley Masson, predeceased her. Also included with the survivors are the members of the Monday Night Dinner Club, who will miss her greatly.
A memorial service celebrating Page’s life was held on Feb. 13, 2014, at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa.
Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Northern California, 1211 North Dutton Ave., Santa Rosa, CA 95401.