Jean Mae Masson

Jean Mae Masson, 93, of 227 Wendel Road, St. Marys, and most recently of the Elk Haven Nursing Home, passed away Friday, April 3, 2020, at Penn Highlands DuBois.

Jean was born July 18, 1926, in Newark, NJ, daughter of the late Hazel Farley Ford and Charles Augustus Ford.  She married George Masson on December 26, 1950, in East Orange, NJ, and he preceded her in death on December 1, 1965.

Jean graduated from Clifford Scott High School in East Orange, NJ, in 1943.  Having known since 4th grade that she wanted to be a teacher, she next graduated from Newark State Teachers College (now Kean University) in 1947.  She began her career as an elementary school teacher in New Jersey, teaching in the South Orange-Maplewood and East Orange School Districts.  After moving to St. Marys in 1960, she resumed her teaching career and taught kindergarten in the St. Marys Area School District from 1965 until her retirement in 1991.  During that time, she was also head teacher for the Spruce Street School.

An Episcopalian in faith, Jean was a long-time member of Grace Episcopal Church in Ridgway, where she served on the vestry.

Jean served her community as a director of the Christian Food Bank for some 20 years and with the Elk County Society for Special Services.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brother, C. Robert Ford, in 1997.

Jean is survived by her two sons, Richard (Marti) Masson of St. Marys, and Robert (Hannah) Masson of Culpeper, VA.  She is also survived by six grandchildren, Ian (Jacqueline) of Culpeper, VA, Hannah of Pittsburgh, Kyle (Ally) of Levittown, PA, and Damian, Adele, and Susannah, all of Culpeper, VA.  In addition, she is survived by five great-grandchildren, Magdalena, Bernadette, Stephen, Emelia, and Eammon; her niece, Cassandra Goldmark; and her goddaughter, Joyce King, and her family.

Jean loved dogs, nature, flowers, and watching the birds that came to her yard visiting multiple bird feeders.  She touched many lives as a teacher and friend, and in return was blessed by her many friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Christian Food Bank, PO Box 1033, St. Marys, PA  15857; the Elk Haven Nursing Home, Activities Fund, 785 Johnsonburg Road, St. Marys, PA  15857; or to the Elk County Humane Society, 1029 East Eschbach Road, St. Marys, PA  15857.

There will be no visitation.

Under the current circumstances, a funeral service at Grace Episcopal Church will be conducted at a future date, after which Jean will be interred at Pequest Union Cemetery, Vienna, NJ.

Linda Gilmore April 3, 2020 at 4:53 pm

Jean was a special lady who touched my life as one of my residents at Elk Haven. She was my “rock” when I needed someone. She will be greatly missed. I loved her like a mother.

Tina Rupp April 3, 2020 at 5:03 pm

I am so sorry to hear about Jean. I worked in the dietary dept and would help her with her menu. We both loved dogs. I have 5 doxies. I enjoyed spending time with her. Gave her a kiss on forehead before she left and said prayers for her. May she rest in peace.

Shirley Rose April 3, 2020 at 5:17 pm

Rich, Marti and Hannah…so very sorry to hear of your loss…I really loved this lady!!!! God Bless you all. Please stay safe and sound…and know that others are thinking of you…

Dawn and Barry Bush April 3, 2020 at 5:35 pm

Jean was an excellent teacher and wonderful person. Our sympathy and prayers go out to her family.

Connie Kerner April 3, 2020 at 6:57 pm

Jean was the nicest person that I have ever met. I loved talking to her after classes. I enjoyed doing art projects for her and her students.
She loved flowers and I liked her telling me about her brother and her family.
She was always so kind and gentle with her students.
I will never forget her.
God bless Richard and Robbie and their family

Doug Hepner April 4, 2020 at 6:23 am

I’m am truly sorry for you loss. Mrs. Masson was a wonderful woman and a good friend to my parents.

John Paul April 4, 2020 at 9:24 am

I was so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. I will miss visiting her as she always had a treat for my dog and a kind word about Mom.

Margaret Yokemick April 4, 2020 at 9:39 am

Dear Rich, Marti and Hannah,

My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May your many happy memories be a comfort to all of you. Jean was a wonderful person and did so much for her church and community. She was truly a blessing to all the lives she touched.


Peggy Yokemick

Charlene Jim & Ashley Mulcahy April 4, 2020 at 11:41 am

Dear Rich,Marti,& family.
So sorry for your loss. She was a lovely woman with a great sense of humor. Enjoyed her so much, now she is at peace.

Joyce King April 4, 2020 at 12:40 pm

Rich and Rob,

We are holding you and your beautiful families continually in our thoughts and prayers. My beautiful Godmother, I will miss you every day for the remainder of my days. My life was so incredibly blessed by having you in it.

All our love,

Joyce, John and Katelyn

Lori DAmore Morefield April 4, 2020 at 7:06 pm

Mrs. Masson was my kindergarten teacher. She was an amazing teacher!
I was fortunate on my last couple of visits to St. Marys to be able to reconnect with her in person.
Deepest and sincerest sympathies to her family during this difficult time.
Sending prayers to you all.

Leo and Ellen Lenze April 5, 2020 at 10:41 am

Dear Rich and Robbie and families,
Jean was a very special person, a wonderful teacher, a special friend, and a super bridge player. We have been very blessed to have had been touch by her. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all at this time.

Leo and Ellen

Terry McMackin April 5, 2020 at 5:56 pm

Rich, Rob and Masson families,

So very sorry to hear the news of the passing of your Mother, Jean. She always had a smile and kind words for everyone! Such a gracious woman, I know she will be missed dearly. I offer my sympathy and my best wishes to you and your familes!

Fond memories.

Jodi Foster April 6, 2020 at 2:54 am

Richard and Marti, I am so sorry for your loss. Please know I’m thinking of you.

John Sykes April 6, 2020 at 1:37 pm

My deep condolence to Richard and Marti on the loss of Jean. Echoing other sentiments expressed here, Jean was gracious, compassionate, humorous, and warm. We always looked forward to seeing her upon our brief visits back home. She is being held In the Light by many.

Love, John, Kristen and Byron

Carolyn Briggs April 7, 2020 at 1:13 pm

Dave and I would like to extend our most sincere condolences to Rich and the entire Masson family. Your mom was such a kind person and wonderful friend to my mother. She really had an impact on the St. Marys community, being an educator and through her service with the food bank. No doubt she holds a special place in heaven.
Added prayers because your family is having to morn apart from one another. Love, Carolyn Briggs

Marlene Stubber April 11, 2020 at 5:02 pm

Dear Robbie & Rich & families,

We were sorry to hear of Jean’s passing. I enjoyed working with your Mom on the board for the Learning Center. She was a kind and loving soul. May God bless you in your time of sorrow.

Marlene & Dave Stubber

Gerri Ireland April 13, 2020 at 5:09 am

To Jean’s family: I am so sorry for the loss of Jean! She was such a beautiful person! She was a customer of mine for so many years! She was such a big influence in my life, with her kindness. May God wrap his arms around all of you, especially, during this difficult time and may your memories of her be dear to your heart and shared with each other. She will never be forgotten. <3

Barbara Kurtz April 17, 2020 at 8:06 am

Dear Rich, Marti & Hannah,
I was deeply saddened upon learning of your mother/grandmother’s passing. What a great lady! She definitely lived a life worthy of celebrating. Dwell on the good times and her many accomplishments. Her spirit lives on. Nothing but our good thoughts are with you. Take care, Barbara and Randall Kurtz, DC

Dean, Mary, & Ryan Hanes April 27, 2020 at 10:38 pm

Your families are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Jean was a great lady.
With Deepest Sympathy,
Dean, Mary, & Ryan Hanes

Ashley May 8, 2020 at 2:51 pm

Mrs. Masson was my kindergarten teacher. She was very special. I am so sorry that I did not know about her passing sooner, so that I could have offered my condolences. Mrs. Masson had a heart like no other, a kind soul, that was tough as nails, but as sweet as sugar. Sometimes at Christmas when I was home, I would stop and see her, and she never forgot me, or all the crazy times in school that I acted out. Truly a beautiful soul. The world will not shine as bright without her in it. My sympathy to you Judge Masson and family.

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