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Obituary: Margaret H. Mason

Margaret H. “Peggy” Mason

Margaret H. “Peggy” Mason

An Arizona Fulbright educator who spent 35 years teaching at the Brewer Road School in Sedona, Margaret H. "Peggy" Mason died Wednesday, July 24, 2013 in Tucson.

Cause of death was emphysema. She was 82.

Born Margaret Anna Heyer in Keyport, N.J., Oct. 12, 1930, to Louise Elizabeth (Jones) and Joseph Heyer, Jr., Peggy attended Keyport Grammar School and Keyport High School and was an active member of St. John's Methodist Church.

In 1947 the family moved to Prescott where Peggy graduated from high school in 1948. She would go on to earn an undergraduate degree in education from the University of Arizona and later a Master's degree in education from Northern Arizona University.

Peggy's early career was spent teaching in Arizona and California. In 1960 she moved to Jerome with her two children to accept a teaching position at the Sedona Brewer Road Elementary School.

It was while teaching here that, in 1968, she was awarded a Fulbright Foreign Exchange Scholarship and spent a year teaching primary students in Haslingden, England.

Returning to Jerome, she was elected president of the Jerome Historical Society, the first woman to serve in that post, and chapter and state president of Alpha Delta Kappa, the professional teachers' association. She retired from education in 1993.

Other than reading books - for which she had a life-long affinity - Peggy was a prolific traveler, extensively exploring Europe beginning in 1966 and visiting 5 of the 7 Continents.

Upon her retirement from teaching, she moved from Jerome to Tucson and became a docent at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. She also was active in the American Association of University Women and the Arizona Historical Museum.

She is survived by a beloved cousin, Marilyn Bruce, of Holmdel, N.J., children E. Carter Mason of Littleton, Colo., and Carrietta White Lumia of Mesa, Ariz.; grandchildren Kimberly Mason, of Littleton, Colo., Katheryn Mason, of Denver, Colo., and Katie Lumia, of Mesa, Ariz.; and great-grandchildren Alex Mollman and Kiera Shepherd of Littleton, Colo. Also, her most loved dog, Max.

A memorial service will be held at the Fairfield La Cholla Hills Clubhouse, 8421 N. Coral Ridge Loop, Tucson, AZ 5 PM Saturday October 12, 2013.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in her name to the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 N. Kinney Road, Tucson, AZ 85743.

Monies will be used to purchase a bench for museum.

Information provided by survivors.

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