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Dorothy Piety Mason

Died: 10/24/2010


On October 24, 2010, Dorothy Dot Piety Mason, age 89, passed away peacefully at her home at the Gardens of White Chapel in Newark, Delaware, following a brief illness.

Born in Bruceville, Indiana, she was the daughter of Theda Kathryn and Noah Piety. Dot was predeceased by her husband Ted, and by brothers, Robert and William Piety, sister, Theda DeBruler, nephews, Robert Jr. and Charles Piety, and by her much loved in-laws, Alton Mason, Jerry Boring, Billie Harbison and Virginia Miller. She is survived by her daughter, Theda Ellis, son-in-law, Warren, and grandson, Keith Chaffee-Ellis, as well as nieces, Susan Duncan, Janay DeBruler, Nancy Boring, Jimmie McConnell, Jerry Self, Linda Thompson, and nephews, Jerry, James, Daniel, and William Piety, Tom Mason, Scott Boring, Steve Harbison, and John, Michael and Robin Miller.

Dot graduated from Bruceville High School at age 16 and won a county scholarship to Indiana University in 1937. Family finances and customs didnt support college, so she attended the Indiana Business College and worked as an office manager from age 16 until retirement at age 60. This was during a period when women did not work, thus she was a pioneer and role model for her daughter and nieces on what women can do. Education was always a priority, and she assisted her brother Jim, and sister-in-law Virginia as well as her daughter to higher education.

Dot and Ted lived in Indianapolis until retirement, when they moved to Maryville, Tennessee. Retirement brought great pleasure, with renewed involvement in the Mason family, and membership in Maryvilles New Providence Presbyterian Church. As members of a local travel group, the Hospitality Force, Dot married two of her passions–entertaining and travel. She entertained overseas visitors in her home and was in return, entertained in their homes on trips to Europe, Canada, Alaska, Australia and New Zealand. A lifelong bridge player, Dot pursued her dream of being a Life Master in bridge and almost achieved it when her husbands illness caused disability, so the family moved to Newark, Delaware, to be with daughter, Theda. Following Teds passing, Dot created a new life for herself, becoming active with the Newark Senior Center where she was an avid duplicate bridge player. She could always be counted on for a bridge game, a hot meal, a great dessert, and to love her family. She was known for her direct approach, her integrity, her fierce independence, her insistence on high standards, her great reliability.

Memorial services will be held at 7 pm on Wednesday, October 27th at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Newark, 420 Willa Road, Newark, Delaware, 19711.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Newark Senior Center, 200 White Chapel Drive, Newark, Delaware 19713; or to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Newark at the address above.

To sign guest book, visit SPICER-MULLIKIN FUNERAL HOMES & CREMATORY 302-328-2213

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