Joanne K. Mason
September 19, 1958 – May 21, 2020
Joanne “Jody” Kathleen Mason died on May 21, 2020 in Placida, FL with her mother by her side. She was 61 years old.
Jody was born on September 19, 1958, in Plainfield, New Jersey. She grew up sharing a house with four sisters (which made for countless entertaining stories), and her parents Anne and Arthur Luley. Jody was an alumna of North Plainfield High School’s class of 1976. She completed the Taylor Business Institute’s Executive Secretarial Program in 1977 and started her career as a Legal Secretary in Bridgewater, New Jersey.
Jody had a daughter and son she fondly called Britt and Gil, who she enjoyed heckling even more than she did her sisters growing up. She often joked that when Britt grew up, she’d have to argue with herself in the mirror because she’d miss her mother so much and wouldn’t have anyone to argue with! She spent the last eight years of her life as a retiree in Rotonda, a community in Southwest Florida, where she lived close to her mother, sister, uncle, cousins, and made many new friends.
Jody was a vibrant and lively person. She was the life of any party; her loud, boisterous laughter filled rooms and warmed hearts. She loved people, and everyone who met her liked her immediately. She befriended people without judgment and reached out to strangers in kindness everywhere she went. Literally everywhere. Sometimes this could be embarrassing for her children, but she was proud and loved showing them off to her friends.
Jody was incredibly creative and an amazing decorator. She had a natural talent for color, design, and fashion, and she DIY’ed everything before it was cool - from her children’s homemade Halloween costumes, to home decor, curtains, flower arrangements, crafts, and more. She was great at cooking Italian food (except when she burned the garlic bread...) and arranged enticing platters. Jody was always a gracious host; her son remembers looking forward to house parties as a young boy and the “visitor cheese” platters that would accompany them.
She loved visiting out West, where she enjoyed the dry heat, fashion, scenery, and Native American jewelry. One of her favorite holidays was Halloween and she loved to watch sci-fi / horror movies (especially the cheesy ones). She also loved Brad Pitt: for a number of years her voicemail greeting would inform callers that they had reached Jody Mason-Pitt. Even for Brad she wouldn’t have given up her own name! Her favorite musician was Eric Clapton and his melodies were often heard playing loudly throughout her home.
Jody also loved animals dearly and adopted a number of pets over the years. Two of her favorites, Mink DeVille, the Siamese Cat, and Eddie Spaghetti, the Jack Russell terrier, were among the first that would have been waiting for her after her passing.
More recently, she fell in love with being a grandma, and couldn’t get enough of her grandson Caven. She loved sending gifts to her “Sweet Babou” and cherished every opportunity she had to see him.
Jody leaves behind her mother, Anne Luley; her 4 sisters, Debbie Oliver, Toni Muth, Jodie Roberts (Dan Roberts), and Sue Bohannan; her daughter, Brittney Anne Day (Neal Day); her son Jonathan Gilmore Mason-Butch (Caitlin McElroy); her grandson, Caven Maybin Day; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
She is predeceased by her father, Arthur Luley.
A memorial service will take place at a later date and location to be determined, in the New Jersey area.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Joanne K. Mason
May 29, 2020
Jody May be gone from our sight but not from our hearts. We’ll smile when we think of the good times together.
We all grew up together from Elementary, High School to Business School. From having weddings to having families. We done it all together as friends.
You will be missed!!
With love and our warmest sympathy your friends forever,
May 29, 2020
Jody and I became fast friends by working at the same law firm, which by my count, was well over 25 years ago. There wouldn’t be enough room to relay the many many memories we shared from watching “Jodytv” (she dubbed it) to making collages based on events that transpired. I was truly heartbroken to hear of her sudden passing. May you be at peace my dear friend. You’ll always have a special place in my heart❤️❤️
May 29, 2020
Dear Ann , Debbie, Tony, Britt, and family,
I am sooo sorry to hear of Jodis' passing,...i can't believe it,....we seemed to have lost touch over the years, but we were in contact before she moved to Florida,.but you always seem to say, i wish we kept in touch more....& as her obituary says, ....Jodi was one of a kind, ...yes , she did not mince words,..and our small but very close girl group had so much fun from early highschool growing up together even through our 20's,...we all did some really goofy things together,..she loved picking the pills off her pink blanket....and we would laugh and laugh, really great memories all of us had ,....just sad and makes you see how really short life is,...i feel so bad for your loss, i hope your memories together bring you some kind of peace..
i do have so many pics ,...i will try to dig through ,but definitely send,
Love and Hugs,
May 28, 2020
I am honored to have known Jody and very sad learn of her passing. I smile when I recall memories of her and how she touched the many lives she did with lively spirited conversation. Jody was a special person who will be missed by many and for sure by me. Rest In Peace dear friend.