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Joanne Esther Mason

Published: 3/26/2020 3:00:19 AM
Modified: 3/26/2020 3:00:14 AM

LEBANON, NH — Joanne Esther Mason passed away on Monday, March 23, 2020. Joanne was born July 8th, 1943 to Leland and Geraldine Mason in Hanover, NH. She grew up in Sharon and graduated from South Royalton High School in 1961. She spent time at her Uncle John’s in Massachusetts and attended secretarial school there. She really wanted to be a State Trooper but female troopers were not admitted at that time. She settled back in the Upper Valley and worked as a secretary for Fucci and Fucci; and the Traffic Ticket Bureau in White River Junction and then the Woodstock Court House until her retirement. She waitressed on and off at several Upper Valley restaurants including Brooksies in Sharon, The Hotel Coolidge and the Tally House in White River Junction, and Dana’s by the Gorge in Quechee. A few times, she shared shifts with her daughter at Brooksies and Dana’s. She also worked part time at Encore used bookstore in West Lebanon which she enjoyed so much as she was a voracious reader which she passed onto her daughter. Joanne will always be remembered for her distinctive laugh and sense of humor. She was always friendly and would chat up anyone, anywhere. She loved to crack jokes and her smile and infectious laugh lit up any room. She loved her family and friends and pets fiercely. There was not a stray cat or dog that she would turn away. She was the proud and protective single parent of her daughter, Heather Jo and they shared a very close relationship as well as with her sister, Mary who lived a mile up the road. She loved being Mama Jo to her son in law Neil and friends. She loved all music but particularly country, church hymns and gospel. She loved wolves, nature, lighthouses, reading and word search puzzles. She loved attending church services at the Sharon Congregational church where she served as a deacon. She became a Justice of the Peace and married some special couples, including family friends, Kathy and Kip Gaudette. She is survived by her daughter, Heather and son in law, Neil Laraway in Lebanon; sister and best friend Mary Ayer in Sharon, brother David and sister in law Dot of North Clarendon, VT. Niece Lynda and husband Tony Gullidge in Archer, FL and her daughters, Stacey, Cameron and Erika; Nephew Jeff and wife Courtney Mason in North Clarendon, VT and their sons Eoin and Eliot; nephew Chris and wife Stephanie Mason in Sunderland, VT and their children, Brayden, Abryelle, Evaley and Zaylea. She loved to send cards and keep up with her great nephews and nieces. She is also survived by many cousins; friends, Cary and Helen in Perkinsville, VT and neighbors Dottie Cummings, Sunnie McPhetries and her daughters Andrea and Claire. Joanne was predeceased by her parents; baby sister Patty, brother Bill, nephew Brett and brother in law, Charlie Ayer. Joanne lived in the house she grew up in on Beaver Meadow Road until she moved to assisted living at Westboro House in West Lebanon. Heather would like to thank Vince profusely for his wonderful assistance in this transition. She then moved to Sullivan County Health Care in Unity, NH until her passing. She was nicknamed JoJo and was lovingly cared for there. Special thanks to the nursing staff and Cheryl in the activities department who always made sure she attended activities and religious services. A memorial Celebration of Life gathering will be planned later this year. Online condolences can be made to at In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society, PO Box 702, Brownsville, VT 05037, Alzheimer’s Association, 300 Cornerstone Dr, Suite 128, Williston, VT 05495.

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