Virginia Crawford Mason, 93, a former resident of River Forest, died on July 15, 2018 in Brentwood, Tennessee. Born on Dec. 21, 1924 in Pinckneyville to William K. and Maud E. (Coffman) Crawford, she attended Knox College in Galesburg. After graduating in 1946 with a B.A. degree, Virginia taught third grade at L.T. Stone School. On Aug. 30, 1947, she married Lloyd W. Mason and moved to Palo Alto, California. She continued to teach for two years until the birth of their first child in 1951. The new parents returned to Illinois, eventually settling in River Forest, where they raised four sons.
She was an active member of First United Church of Oak Park and the River Forest Tennis Club and opened her home to Young Life gatherings, Tri-Delt alumnae meetings, and Bible studies. A volunteer for Meals on Wheels, she served on the committee of Oak Park-River Forest Young Life and as secretary for the West Suburban Hospital Board. In 2007, Virginia moved to The Heritage of Brentwood, a senior living community south of Nashville and joined Brentwood United Methodist Church.
Described by her grandchildren as “strong and courageous,” she learned how to perform dialysis for three years, without any prior medical training, in the basement of her home for her oldest son, Jack, while he awaited a kidney transplant. She adored live entertainment and passed along her love of theater arts to her family. Nine grandchildren remember her as “regal, compassionate, humble, devoted, gentle, faith-filled, dignified, and extremely generous.”
Virginia Mason is survived by her daughter-in-law, Deborah R. Mason; her sons, William C. (Brandy) Mason, Richard L. (Jules) Mason and Bruce C. Mason; her grandchildren, Connor L. Mason, Clinton B. Mason, Linnea S. Mason, Virginia C. Mason (Eric) Moffett, Logan A. Mason, Amy K. Mason, Devon M. Mason, Aaron C. Mason and Benjamin G. Mason; and her nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lloyd; her brothers, William K. Crawford Jr. and Robert J. Crawford; her son, John (Jack) E. Mason; and her nephew, David R. Crawford.
A visitation is planned from 2 to 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Pinckneyville, 618-357-6111, on Saturday, July 28. A Celebration of Life service will be held afterward, followed by interment at I.O.O.F Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Young Life in Colorado Springs, Colorado and to the American Kidney Fund in Rockville, Maryland.