Originally created 08/06/02

Featured obituary: Mrs. Emma Mason



There wasn't anyone more devoted to the city of Augusta than Emma Mason, friends and family say.

"She was very involved in the community," said Mrs. Mason's daughter-in-law Brenda W. Mason.

Mrs. Mason, 89, died Sunday. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. today at St. Paul's Episcopal Church.

She had a long history of civic involvement through the years. She was the chairwoman of the first Symphony Cotillion, the first president of the Town and Country Garden Club, a charter member of the Augusta Assembly and the president of the Junior League and the Augusta Symphony Guild.

Mrs. Mason also was the president of the Women of St. Paul's at the church, the secretary of the Historical Commission and a member of the Augusta Country Club.

Not only was Mrs. Mason very involved in the community but she was also deeply rooted as a Southerner.

"She was from the old school," Brenda Mason said. "She would call on people ... and take her granddaughters with her, and they just got a kick out of that."

Mrs. Mason lived through the great Augusta fire of 1916.

"Her house didn't burn down, and it was right in the middle of it," said Erick Montgomery, the executive director of Historic Augusta Inc.

One of the most noteworthy things about Mrs. Mason was her amazing memory.

"She had a wealth of knowledge of the history of Augusta," Mr. Montgomery said.

Survivors also include her son, Benjamin L. Mason, and two granddaughters.

"She (possessed) manners, kindness and dignity," Brenda Mason said. "She was truly the last of her kind."

Reach Amy Connell at (706) 823-3220 or newsroom@augustachronicle.com.