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Edna Elizabeth Ijames Mason Allen 101, passed away on Tuesday April 21, 2020 at Holden Heights Senior Living and Memory Care in Greensboro, NC. She lived a beautiful full life of faithful service to God, family, church and community for 101 years and 10 months. Born in Davie County on June 6, 1918 she was the fourth of seven children born to the late Elder Johnny and Columbia Sturdevant Ijames.
She started her Christian journey at an early age in the Clement Grove Church of God 7th Day. She was educated in the Davie county school system in Mocksville NC, where she met and married the love of her life the late Rev. Baxter Sherman Mason. They were married for 33 years and to this union was born three children Sylvester, (died at birth) William S. Mason and Columbia DeAnn Stanton.
After working in New York for many years she and Baxter purchased and returned to live in the old mason home place in Mocksville. Along with her husband she became a life long member of Cedar Grove Baptist Church where she was lovingly called Mother of the Church.
After the passing of Baxter in 1971, she married the late Rev. Ralph Q. Allen in 1981.
Some of her involvements include the following: She served as: First Lady at Boxwood, Old Smith Grove, Goodwill and Chestnut Grove Baptist Churches. When age and health did not allow her to live alone she worshipped under watchcare at New Bethel Baptist Church in High Point, NC and at Grant AME Church in Chesilhurst, NJ.
She was an active member of the Eagle Network for the Widows sponsored by Graham Funeral Home in Mocksville, NC. She received a lifetime member plaque from the local NAACP of Mocksville. She served as treasurer for a number of years for Davie County Agriculture Extension Service. She also served as Band Booster President at William Penn High School for three years; President of the Best Yet Club at Cedar Grove Baptist in Mocksville for many years; President of the Cedar Grove Missionary Circle for 15 years; served as Chairperson of District 3, Group 2 of the Woman’s Home and Foreign Missionary Convention and was currently a member of the Scarlet Dames (Red Hatters) of Greensboro, NC.
She leaves to cherish her memories: one son, William Mason (Mary) of Greensboro, NC; one daughter, Columbia DeAnn Stanton of Warterford Works, NJ; one Brother, John Lester Ijames (Peggy) of Walnut Cove, NC; two brothers-in-law, Reverend John Mason (Margaret) of High Point NC; Peter E. Mason (Irma) of High Point, NC; four Grands, Reverend William S. Mason II (Stephanie), Matthew Lewis, DeAnnette E. Cross (Clyde) and Karma L. Mason; six great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Saturday, April 25, 2020
1:00 - 6:00pm (Eastern time)
People's Funeral Chapel
Sunday, April 26, 2020
1:00 - 3:00pm (Eastern time)
Cedar Grove Baptist Church
Sunday, April 26, 2020
Starts at 3:00pm (Eastern time)
Cedar Grove Baptist Church Cemetery
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