Maxine Mason

Maxine Mason

Maxine Lee Williams Mason, of Ocracoke Island, NC, passed away peacefully at her home on February 25, 2013 with her family and best friend by her side.  Maxine was born on August 8, 1935, to the late Leonard Mac Williams and the late Mary Elizabeth Gaskins.  For close to 50 years she was happily married to the late Charles Romaine Mason, Sr.  Maxine graduated from Ocracoke School in 1953 and worked her entire life.  She retired from the NC Ferry Division in March 2003 after 30+ years of service.

Maxine was a generous and caring woman.  She had a wonderful, hearty laugh that was never mistaken and unforgettable. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friend.  She will be dearly missed by all.

Left to cherish her memories are two sons, Charles R. Mason, JR and Rodney W. Mason and wife Rhonda; four grandchildren, Jenny, Shane, Carla and Chante Mason; great grandson Dallas Mason; three sisters, Linda Gaskill, Judy Garrish and the late Louise O’Neal and one brother Lewis Tolleson.

A celebration of life will be held at Ocracoke Assembly of God, Friday March 1, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. by Rev. Ivey Belch. Burial will follow in Community Cemetery.  There will be food and refreshments at the fellowship Hall of the Ocracoke Assembly of God following the service. Friends may join the family at the church Thursday from 6:00 pm. to 9:00 p.m. for a time of visitation. We all love our “A.”

Twiford Funeral Home, Hatteras is assisting the Mason family.

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  1. Al & Eloise Glonek

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Maxine made waiting in a ferry line a pleasure just to get to talk to her. God bless and be with you all.

  2. Pauletta (Garrish) Lutz

    To the Mason Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Mrs. Maxine was a true, genuine and loving women. I will never forget her amazing laugh. I loved spending time with her and Jenny at the Trading COmpany. When visiting home, catching the two of them was always a treat! I’m praying for all of you and I send love and support your way.

  3. Janice Spake

    I work at South Dock & everytime I saw Maxine headed to Hatteras I went & talked to her. She was so much fun to talk to. She always had a smile for everyone(unless the ferries wasn’t running for one reason or another) and then she strongly expressed her opinion. She will be missed by many & my prayers go out to the family. She was a fantastic person.

  4. Roberta & Rick Litka

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.Her laughter will be missed.She was so blessed to be able to stay at home and complete her journey with her family at her side.

  5. Jill

    So sorry for your loss. I know this is a very difficult time for the family. Something that has always given me comfort is a scripture at Revelation 21:4, it says, “And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” I sincerely hope this brings you some comfort.

  6. Tommy & Linda Berry

    Judy Garrish and family: So sorry to hear about your sister. Our prayers are with you. We pray God will give you strength and comfort during this time. We love you.

  7. Keith (Tubba) and Lisa O'Neal

    Thoughts and prayers to the family. Oddly enough, Eliza brought up “Magazine” (as Eliza called her) a couple weeks ago and was asking about Maxine remembering talking when going for a walk. Even Eliza remembers the contagious laugh Maxine had. Remember and cherish all the good times. Again, our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Love and caring from Tubba, Lisa, Clay and Eliza

  8. Joyce spencer

    maxine you well be miss seeing you at gaynell and post office hope to see you again one day may god bless yor family and bring them peace in know one day they can see you again

  9. Charlene ("Charley") Belton

    I am one of the privileged who knew Maxine, whom I first met when working with the NCDOT-Ferry Division between 1982 and mid-1993. Maxine was very likeable and we hit it off right away. I nicknamed her “Cornflakes” because of a story she told me once and when I’d call Ocracoke Ferry Office and say hello to her, she’d laugh when I’d call her that. It was our private joke! The mold was broken when she was bornm that’s for sure and she will be missed by all who knew her, I’m sure!

  10. delvamidgette

    johnny boy and i send our love and prayers to all her family and friends . may you feel the peace that only our dear LOED can give GOD BLESS YOU ALL

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  12. Menzette Chadwick

    I was so sorry to hear of Ms. Maxine’s illness and now passing. Working with the Ferry Divison I spoke with her on the phone so many times and then one trip to Ocracoke with my mom and girls we entered a store and behind be came the wonderful laugh that set her apart from everyone else. I turned and said, “you have got to be Ms. Maxine!” she was such a pleasure to talk with and work with. My prayers to the family.

  13. Billie Barnett

    Mason family Sorry for your loss. She was great lady and will be missed.Loved working with her

  14. Hannah Tootle

    I worked with Maxine at the Ferry Division, she was one special lady, always happy full of life. My prayers are with the family.

  15. Susan Burgess Boncek

    I am so sorry to hear about your mother. I met her when she and Corky ran the Ocracoke Motel for my Aunt Mamie and Uncle Grady back in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. I was just a little kid and she taught me how to make up beds and help her clean when my family stayed there. My father was Randolph Burgess and he hauled all the lumber to Ocracoke to build the motel. Uncle Grady died some years ago, but Aunt Mamie just past away this past December. I had so hoped to take her by the motel one last time and maybe by to see your mother, but dementia took over last summer and it was not to be. I will always be indebted to your mother for taking the time to show me how to run a motel, although I was only in my teens by the time Aunt Mamie sold it. I now own and run the Sandspur Motel in Nags Head and am sure my love of the business came from the summers spent with your mother. May God ease your heart.

  16. Bett Pinner Beasley-Manns Harbor, NC

    I was fortunate to have worked at the (Ferry Division) with such a great and glowing personality as Maxine. She had a quality all her own that made work fun and she strived to make everyone feel as happy as she was. I know she will be greatly missed and she is that bright shining star above that glows on each of us every night. Rest in Peace, Maxine.My prayers are with the family during this difficult time.

  17. patricia peele

    So sorry about maxine. Loved being around her. Working at the ferry dock ,I got to see her often. Sorry for your loss

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