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Dorothy Joan Mason

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  1. Joan was my fathers sister. She was a lovely aunt, always cheerful and kind. When I was young the families often got together. There was always lots of giggling
    Over the years we always kept in touch, I went on holiday to Majorca with the family in 1972. I took my new fiancé up to the hotel in Scotland to meet Joan and Lewis. We went to Mill cottage in Moniave with our daughters and attended the big anniversary party in Scotland. She came and stayed with us on several occasions and my husband and daughters always enjoyed her visits. Sue and Joan came to our daughter, Louise’s wedding in 2011 and I have some lovely photos of them. They also came to our younger daughter, Alexandra’s 21st party. It was an evening to remember! The last time time we met was in Swanage when we stayed at the Pig hotel. She came for lunch with Jenny and despite being 97 and blind she was still able to enjoy her lunch with a gin and tonic.
    I have many happy memories of a very lovely and exceptional lady.

    Judith Burns
  2. I first met Joan at her mothers funeral in Crawley. Dorothy( Dolly) Matthews was my Great Aunt.
    While Joan was growing up she spent time with my Grandmother -Alice Scruby who took care of her while her brother Neil was born. They were very close family. The visited us at the seaside , Joan laughing and smiling with the girls on the sand .
    I met Joan and Sue at wedding of Louise Burns and we spent most of the evening chatting. It was lovely to get reacquainted again and the last few years we have kept in touch with videos and emails.
    Joan always looked immaculate with beautifully painted nails, her hair stunning and a big smile. Her last video made on her 100 th Birthday was remarkable, remembering all our names and what we gave her. She never forgot to ask about how we all were.
    She is the last of that generation .
    We will miss her cheerful personality.
    Thinking of all the family at this sad time.
    Liz, Paul and Nick Avery.

    Liz Avery
  3. Joan was my grandmother. I was her first grandchild and have lovely memories of her in my younger years, she was known to us as Grandma Trains as there was a railway track that ran past the bottom of the garden, I remember summers playing on the patio in their garden and a Christmas at the house where I received a Professionals play gun set which unfortunately got broken on the day, I must of been 5 or 6! When the families all moved to Scotland I spent a couple of summers at the Hotel with Grandma & Grandpa, these were special times where I enjoyed doing small jobs around the hotel, especially behind the bar which made me feel grown up.
    When we moved from Scotland the visits were less and family only seemed to get back together for weddings & funerals. Eventually Grandma moved in with my parents Annette & Paul and although by this time I was living my own life in Ireland or Norfolk we got to see each other much more frequently over the 12 happy years she lived with them. A fond memory is that when I bought a new motorcycle Grandma would still enjoy a short ride as pillion even in her 90’s, which only to well demonstrates she was young at heart and determined to live life to the full reaching her goal of 100 years of age and her message from the Queen.
    She was our Queen and I will always have fond memories of my happy childhood and our special times together, rest in peace Grandma xx

    Stephen Hastings Rundle
  4. Thinking of you Jen and all the family and sending our love. Marion, Ian, Alex and Paul xx

    Marion Marchant
  5. My beautiful great grandma,

    I feel so proud to call you that… and to know you lived till you hit your 100th birthday makes me even prouder!

    I always remember whilst growing up saying to you that you’d definitely make it to this age & receive your letter from the queen and you didn’t let us down. Im so happy you got to meet my eldest child (your great great grandson), I’ll cherish those photos & memories, I’m also glad you got to meet my husband Michael, you was very fond of him when you did and enjoyed having a nice long chat with him, telling us lots of your past stories. I’ll cherish all the memories I had with you.

    I’m just sad that due to this virus I didn’t get to see you one last time and that you won’t get to have all the people that loved you so much be there to say our final goodbyes.

    You lived such an amazing long life, surrounded with family & friends. You’ll be sadly missed & forever in my thoughts. You’ll always be my queen.

    Sleep tight, until we meet again.

    Love you always, your great granddaughter always!

    Paige, Michael, Oakley, Noah & Bump x

    Paige Pottinger (Rundle)
  6. Joan was my Grandma. What a legend she was. She had a smile and cuddle that could melt your heart, but you never wanted to get on her bad side!
    I’m lucky to have so many memories with her over the many years she lived with my mum and dad in Nantwich. Even more grateful that my 3 children got to know and love her too.
    Her years never seemed to slow her down, she was as sharp as they came. From doing the morning crossword over coffee with my mum and dad or playing basketball with my 2 boys on the driveway during her late 80’s! She had so much patience with my children, letting them quiz her for hours on her past during the war or what it was like not having the internet! Her giggle was infectious, her soft Scottish “aye!” was lovable and her cuddles made you melt!
    Goodnight you beautiful lady and may you rest in peace, I will miss your smile and cuddles always.

    Chris, Liza & Family (Rundle)

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