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Mary Lizzie (Edwards) Mason

June 10, 1934 ~ March 3, 2018 (age 83)
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    Mary Lizzie Edwards Mason, began her journey through life on June 10, 1934 in Margarettsville, North Carolina.  She was a daughter of the late Eddie Thomas and Essie Mae Edwards. She transitioned from this earthly life on  Saturday, March 3, 2018,  at Wake Medical Center, Raleigh, North Carolina, while surrounded by her children who loved her dearly. 
     Mary was married to the late Horace Mason, for 53 years, before his passing, in 2004. In addition to her parents and beloved husband, she was also preceded in death by two daughters, Ruby (1994) and Evelyn (2015).  
     Mary was educated in the Northampton County School System.   She served as a Preschool Teacher in Rich Square, for more than 30 years, at the Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers Child Care Center and later at Community Action Day Care Center.  As such, she helped to give hundreds of children their earliest start in learning and growing.
     Mary grew up in Mount Zion Baptist Church, Margarettsville, North Carolina and was a long-time member of Evangelistic Church of Deliverance in Weldon, North Carolina. But more than just a church member, she was a born-again Christian. She was widely regarded as a dedicated, saintly woman, who was known for her kind, gentle demeanor, for helping others and for teaching her children to do the same.  In her family, she was a peacemaker, nurturer, and teacher, with a commitment to speaking the truth, in love. She taught her children to love God, love his Word and love his people.    
     Mary and her husband lived out Matthew 25, taking many into their home across the years. When her parents died, leaving eight young children, the couple took them in and loved and cared for them as if they were their own. To this day, those siblings consider Mary (affectionately called Diddy) more as a mother than a sister.
     Mary is survived by: two sons, Reverend Horace Mason, Jr., (Debra) of Wendell, North Carolina and Reverend Elliott Mason (Darlene) of Murfreesboro, North Carolina; two daughters, Reverend Delores Steele Richardson of Middlesex, North Carolina and Jacqueline Glenn (Wayne) of Raleigh, North Carolina; seventeen grandchildren; twenty-eight great-grandchildren; one great, great-grandchild; two brothers, Reverend George Edwards and Clifton Edwards both of Portsmouth, Virginia; three sisters, Anna Edwards, Lillian Bundley, and Elma Sutton all of Newark, New Jersey; two sisters-in-law, Hazel Garris (Cleveland) and Lucy Garris both of Weldon, North Carolina; many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

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