Jan. 23, 1965 ~ Oct. 27, 2018
After a short illness, Rainier resident, Cathy Mason passed away peacefully at her home on Oct. 27, 2018.
Cathy was born in Portland, Oregon to James and Joan Mason. She grew up in Rainier, Oregon. She was a big sister, a swimmer, and a runner. She graduated from Rainier High School in 1983. She attended college at Southern Oregon College in Ashland and the University of Oregon in Eugene.
On a college summer break, she traveled to SE Alaska to work in a cannery and fell in love with the natural beauty and way of life of Petersburg, Alaska, where she eventually moved and made her home for 18 years. She worked as a social worker for native tribes and the State of Alaska and made a home overlooking the Wrangell Narrows, outside of Petersburg with her husband, Ralph, and her dogs and other pets. She enjoyed cooking, walking her dogs, fishing, and crafting.
In 2008, she moved back to Rainier and used her caregiving skill to care for her mom, Joan, who’d been diagnosed with cancer. She then became the caregiver for her father, Jim, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2011. She was employed as a caregiver for Anderson Adult Foster Homes at the time of her illness. Throughout her working life, she cared deeply for those that she served.
A memorial celebration of her life will be held at 1 p.m. on Nov. 10, 2018 at Rainier United Methodist Church in Rainier, Oregon.
She was predeceased by her father, James A. Mason. She is survived by her mother, Joan Mason, of Longview, Washington, sister, Linda Mason of Olympia, Washington, brother, Jim Mason of Hood River, Oregon, niece and nephew Ellison and Grant Johnson, and niece and nephew Henry and Sylvie Mason.
Donations in memory of Cathy can be made to the Oregon Humane Society.