Mrs. Charlotte Ann Mason, 74, of 245 Second St., Laceyville, PA passed away on Tuesday morning, April 17, 2012 at the Meadow View Nursing Facility, in Montrose, after a debilitating illness. Born in Apolacon Township, Susquehanna County, (Little Meadows), on June 24, 1937, she was the daughter of the late Cleveland Benjamin, who passed away in 1970, and Emma Rogers Benjamin, who passed away in 1964.
Charlotte spent all of her early childhood on the family homestead in Little Meadows, where she enjoyed her family and her country home. Living near the New York State border, she was a graduate of the Owego Free Academy, in Owego, NY, with the Class of 1954. In 1983, Charlotte married Joseph C. Mason, Jr. of Laceyville, and they relocated to their home on Second Street in Laceyville. For 11 years, she was employed as a secretary and bookkeeper by Benscoter Trucking in Laceyville, retiring in 1998. In her spare time, she enjoyed her family and the country life, especially her homestead in Little Meadows.
In 2006, she wrote and published a book about her father’s life, titled: “It’s a Great Life If You Don’t Weaken.” Since her marriage, she was a member of the St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Tunkhannock and was a Sunday School teacher there for many years.
Surviving are her husband of 29 years, Joseph C. Mason, Jr. of Laceyville; daughters, Laurie Ann Massey of Stoney Point, NC and Patty Lin Caudill of Statesville, NC; her sons, Michael Rafferty of Friendsville and Joseph Rafferty of Little Meadows; stepdaughters, Ann Gorman of Carey, NC, Elizabeth Zervas of Perrineville, NJ, and a step-son, Clark Mason of Enfield, CT. She is also survived by her granddaughters, Beth Ann Anderson, Jessica Lin Wiggins and Laurel Lee Kiser, all of Statesville, NC, Christina Jo Stanton and Kimberly Stanton, both of Stoney Point, NC, Kristie Rafferty of Choconut and Rebecca Lynn Rafferty of Little Meadows; grandsons, Joseph Rafferty, Jr. of Little Meadows and Jared Benjamin Brooks of Statesville, NC, as well as many great-grandchildren and five step-grandchildren.
Charlotte was also survived by a sister, Barbara Glasner of Cowan, TN, as well as several nieces and nephews, especially a niece, Lorraine Card of Endicott, NY and a nephew, Greg Champaign of Owego, NY.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Arlena Jo Rafferty; a daughter, Tiffany Ann Mason on May 25, 2002 and a greatgrandson, Sebastian Billings.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 20 at 10 a.m. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Tunkhannock with Rev. Lou Divis, of the church, officiating. Interment will be in the Lacey St. Cemetery in Laceyville. Family and friends may call at the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville, on Thursday, April 19 from 5 to 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial donations to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, U.S. Route 6, Tunkhannock, PA 18657.