June 7, 1957 – October 5, 2020
On Monday, October 5, 2020, Donna M. Mason, beloved sister and aunt and friend to many, passed away at the age of 63. Donna was a longtime resident of Escondido.
Donna was born to James and Marilyn Mason in New York, New York on June 7, 1957. At age 7, Donna moved with her family to Rockledge, Florida. Donna lived in Rockledge for 9 years and attended local schools, including Rockledge High School. Donna and her family then moved to Thousand Oaks, California, where Donna attended and graduated from Newbury Park High School.
After high school Donna joined the U.S. Navy where she served for 4 years as a hospital corpsman at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and Camp Pendleton. Donna found her calling in the Navy and upon completing her service earned her R.N. at Palomar College. Shortly after her graduation, Donna was hired by Palomar Medical Center where she worked for over 36 years.
Donna worked several assignments at Palomar, but made her mark as a well loved member of the Labor and Delivery Department. Among Donna's personal effects family members found letter after letter from appreciative patients who had received her care. More than one commented on Donna's wacky sense of humor and commented on how it helped them through their labor and delivery.
Away from work, Donna loved spending time with her pets. From early childhood animals would always be an important part of Donna's life. Over the years she shared her life with countless dogs and cats and saved money to buy her quarter horse, Brandy, when she was in high school. Her family is so grateful that Donna's friends were able to find homes for her dogs, Bear and Prince, and her Siamese cat, Sweet Pea.
Donna made friends easily and once you were her friend the chances are it was a lifelong thing. Throughout her life Donna maintained meaningful relationships with childhood friends from Florida, high school buddies from Southern California, and, especially, her Palomar co-workers. Donna and her fellow nurses enjoyed celebrating birthdays, weddings, concerts and trips to Las Vegas and Hawaii, and supported each other through life’s more difficult times. Her friends have all commented on how much she will be missed.
Donna is survived by her brothers, Kevin G. Mason and Shawn M. Mason, and their wives, Jacqueline Mason and Jane Mason, and by her nieces, Kathleen Mason, Brianne Mason, and Erin (Mason) Chien-Szegedy, and her nephews, Patrick Mason-Murray and Ethan Mason. Donna was preceded in death by her mother and father.
A memorial service will be held for Donna on Saturday, November 21, at 1 p.m. at McLeod Mortuary, located at 1919 East Valley Parkway, Escondido, California.
In lieu of flowers her family suggests that donations be made to A Passion for Paws Akita Rescue at apassionforpaws.org, or San Diego Humane Society-Escondido Campus at sdhumane.org.
Celebration of Life
Saturday, November 21, 2020
November 17, 2020
I knew Donna for many years as a colleague & friend. A more loyal & dedicated nurse or friend is not to be found anywhere. She gave of herself & her possessions wholeheartedly & she was my hero. Although she had challenges in life, they never kept her down. I can still hear her delighted laughter, witty repartee & singing in my mind. I am forever grateful she touched my life
November 14, 2020
Will always remember Donna's warm heart and tender care for all.
November 13, 2020
I loved my cousin Donna! She was always fun to be around!
I remember visiting the Masons in Florida when I was little and they had dachshunds and a big dog named Chris. Donna let me ride with her on her horse Brandy once.
I will always remember her last trip to NY when we visited Aunt Hazel and we were singing "You're so Vain" and other oldies with her.
Rest in Peace my sweet cousin!
Lorraine Antoniello (formerly Moody)
November 7, 2020
Dear Kevin and Shawn and family,
I cannot physically be there, but I sure wish I could. Although we were thousands of miles apart for many years, our friendship remained. I will miss her laugh and her high school reunion visits.
November 5, 2020
Dear Mason Family of California,
We are united with you in love and prayers. And we pray that peace be and abide with you.
Like many, we are shocked and saddened to hear of Donna's sudden passing.
From what we know of and have been told about Donna, she was a wonderful woman, a special soul.
From her pets to the people who knew, liked and loved her, she had a special bond with each.
Donna will be greatly missed.
Now she has joined your Mom and Dad, and all our loved ones, who wait for us in the heavenly reunion ahead.
Across our Mason and Conway Clans, from our families in Indiana, Oklahoma, Texas, New Jersey and beyond...we are once again united in a solidarity of love for and with all of you in our extended family.
A solidarity and bond of love that seems to grow stronger, somehow, when we lose one of our own, no matter how long it's been, or however little or more we know of each other's lives.
Donna's love light will surely shine in and through all of you, all of us, whenever she's remembered.
The world was better just having her in it.
We join you in gratitude for the gift of her life.
May dearest Donna, our cousin, rest in peace.
God bless you all.
Big hugs and our love to each.
The Conway Family of Indiana, Oklahoma and Texas
"The good we do is never lost, it never ends, and it never dies. In other places, in other times, in other people, the good we do lives on forever."
Celtic Song of Farewell
May choirs of angels lead you into paradise,
and may the martyrs come to welcome you
to bring you home into the holy city,
so you may dwell in new Jerusalem.
May holy angels be there at your welcoming,
with all the saints who go before you there,
that you may know the peace and joy of paradise;
that you may enter into everlasting rest.