On March 29, 2012, Agnes Cecelia Mason Blackistone departed this life peacefully at St. Mary’s Hospital in Leonardtown, Maryland. Family and friends will unite on Monday, April 9, 2012 at 10:00 am until Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 am at St. Cecilia Catholic Church, 47950 Mattapany Road, St. Mary’s City, MD. Interment will follow at St. George’s Catholic Church Cemetery, 19199 St. George’s Church Road, Valley Lee, Maryland.
Agnes was born on June 4, 1916, on a farm in Great Mills, Maryland to William Nelson Mason and Mary Elizabeth Thompson Mason. Agnes was the youngest of eight children. She received her early education through the St. Mary’s County Public School system. One of her proudest moments was when she received her GED at the age of 65. She worked over 40 years in the Food Service Industry, retiring from the former Patuxent River Naval Hospital in 1985. Agnes was a life-long Catholic and member of St. James/St. Cecilia Catholic Church, which she attended well into her 80’s.
Agnes enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, especially cooking Sunday dinner.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter Brenda Eleanor Williams, grandson Kevin Troy Williams and godson Edward Carter and her seven siblings (Janie Estelle Mason, Blanche Elizabeth Mason Garner, Mary Alberta Mason Saxton, Joseph Henry Mason, Helen Rebecca Mason Curtis, Mattie Mae Mason Swales, and Catherine Ann Mason Ennels).
She leaves to cherish her memory two daughters, Elizabeth “Betty” Blackistone of Forestville, MD, and Jennifer Cecelia Brown (Eli) of California, MD; four grandchildren, Tonya Blake, Tiye Ray, Jenifer and Jonathan Brown and six great-grandchildren, Wayne, Janae, Jamarea, Dennis, Destinee and DaVon (who affectionately called her “Big Momma”), along with a host of other family and friends; especially George and Queenie Fenwick family, the Williams/Eldridge families and life-long friend Lucille Berry.