Colleen A. Mason

December 23, 1953April 9, 2012

Colleen A (McGowan) Mason, 58, a resident of Swanzey, New Hampshire, passed away at her home on Monday, April 9, 2012, surrounded by her family, following a long and courageous fight with cancer.

She was born December 23, 1953 in Attleboro, Massachusetts, the daughter of Jack and Mary Ellen (Rhind) McGowan. She was a 1971 graduate of North Attleboro High School and went on to attend Katherine Gibbs School of Business. On June 23, 1990, she married the love of her life, David Mason. For many years she worked at the Monadnock Regional High School as an Administrative Assistant, and Cheshire Medical Center as a Medical Transcriptionist.

Colleen enjoyed being with her family and friends. Hiking, biking, walking with her dog, swimming in her pool, and being in the outdoors were all things that brought her joy. She also liked working in her flower gardens and bringing the fresh flowers into the house in the Spring and Summer. She was a devoted mother: always supporting her two daughters by being at their sporting events. Athletics were very important to her. She enjoyed playing racquetball and running and took part in the 1997 Marine Corps Marathon in Washington DC as well as the De Mar Marathon in Keene, NH.

She is survived by her husband: David Mason, of Swanzey, New Hampshire, two daughters: Kylie Mason of Swanzey, NH and Maura Mason of Swanzey, NH, her mother: Mary Ellen McGowan of North Attleboro, MA, her father: Jack McGowan of Chelsea, MA., two brothers: Bill McGowan and his wife Betsy of Brighton, MA, Tim McGowan and his wife Susan of North Attleboro, MA, a sister: Nancy McGowan of North Attleboro, MA, and three nephews: Ryan McGowan and his wife Jennifer of Everett, MA, Justin McGowan of Foxboro, MA., and Patrick McGowan and his wife Ashley of Wakefield, MA.

Funeral Services will be held at the Monadnock Covenant Church on Base Hill Road in Keene, NH on Friday, April 13, 2012 at 3 o’clock. Burial will follow in the Mt. Caesar Cemetery in Swanzey, NH. Pastor Garth McGrath will officiate the service. Family and friends are invited to call on the family Thursday evening from 5 to 8pm also at the Monadnock Covenant Church. There will be a celebration of life at the Sperry & McHoul Funeral Home, 15 Grove Street, North Attleboro, MA on Saturday, April 14, 2012 from 5 to 8pm. There will be a prayer service at 7:30pm, officiated by Rev. Maryalice Sullivan, of the North Attleboro Episcopal Church..

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Colleen A. Mason Memorial Scholarship fund, c/o Connecticut River Bank, 255 West Street, Keene, NH 03431.


  • Visitation Thursday, April 12, 2012
  • Funeral Service Friday, April 13, 2012
  • Memorial Service Saturday, April 14, 2012

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February 20, 2013

It has been almost a year since you left us.I am sorry I had not found this page before now.With St Paddy's Day coming up in about a month I will be thinking of you again.We do miss you and we know you are keeping watch out over Dave and the girls.So Top of the Morning to you Colleen.
Jim Ciampa

Maura Mason

May 7, 2012

My beatiful, beautiful mama.
I think of you every single day, your smile, your laugh, your talk, your handwriting I could never read. It's still hard to believe you're gone and won't ever be back from a vacation. You have always been my best friend, from the day I was born and you will always be my best friend. You have taught me more than I ever thought I'd be able to learn in 17 years. You are the strongest woman I have and will ever meet, and I'm the luckiest daughter to have been able to have you as my mom, even if was for only 17 years. Just because you have left us physically, doesn't mean you've left us mentally or in any other sense. You still are with us, in Heaven. Although my graduation day won't be the same because our only dream that you could physically be there, I'll be happy knowning you're looking down and watching all of the students you helped graduate. I can't wait to decorate my cap- a big rainbow because I know you're over every single rainbow that comes out.
My wedding day will never be the same, but I promise to carry you around with me- something of yours will be my a pain part of it.
I promise to help take care of the house, Kylie, and Daddio; although I'll never be able to do as great of a job with all of us as you did.
I love you more than words, mama.
I miss you so much, my heart will never be the same, losing my best friend and mother. But I promise to follow through with all of our dreams.
I'll see you soon mama, once all of our dreams are finished, and we can walk with Hogan like the good ol days, and maybe I can even take naps with Nana like when I was little.
I love you, mama.
You've won the marathon, girl. My strong fighting mama, and now you rest in peace and won't need to fight anymore to stay alive. you've won the fight, the marathon and all my love that will always go to you. You're my world, always have been and always will.
Sweet dreams my beautiful mom - your baby girl loves you with everything.

April 17, 2012

My heart is broken, and i can't hold back the tears. I'm so sorry for your lose
Michael Christopher

April 17, 2012

Nancy and the McGowan family. I am sorry for your lost.

Matt McCarthy

Gale Langille

April 16, 2012

To The Mason and McGowan Family:

So sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you.

April 15, 2012

A beautiful ceremony honoring a beautiful person, Colleen, and you Dave, Kylie, and Maura.
We love you all. Aunt Sid and Uncle Bryan

Dale & Cheryl Fernald

April 14, 2012

David, Kylie and Maura, just letting you know our prayers and thoughts are with you all at this hard time. Sending all our love your way.

Cheryl Fernald

April 14, 2012

Colleen, my Cancer buddy, you were always there to share our good days and our bad ones. You fought hard, your a strong women who always kept everyone else going. I will miss you, I will miss our conversations. I hope you are now pain free with no more prescriptions to fill. Rest in peace my friend, you'll never be forgotten!

Kris and Len Holmes

April 14, 2012

? A butterfly lights beside us like a sunbeam,And for a brief moment, its glory and beauty belong to our world...
But then it flies again, and though we wish it could have stayed...
We feel lucky to have seen it.
rest in peace Colleen. Love Kris and Lenny

Deb Carr

April 14, 2012

My heart goes out to the whole McGowan and Mason families. It's so sad to see such a vibrant person leave us at such a young age. Take comfort in knowing she touched many lives and created memories that will make everyone smile with fondness.