Mary Elizabeth Patterson Mason

Posted at 8:44 PM on Mar 11, 2019


Mary Elizabeth Patterson Mason, 92, of Statesville, N.C., went to be with the Lord on Saturday, March 9, 2019, surrounded by her loving family.

Born on February 6, 1927 in Chase City, Va., she was the daughter of the late Patrick Eugene Patterson and Luna Elizabeth McCurdy Patterson. Mary was the beloved wife of 32 years to Wilford Howard Mason, who preceded her in death in 1978.

Mary was the ninth in a family of 13 children. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by seven brothers, five sisters, and a great-great grandson, Kayson.

Mary was a loving homemaker and farmer’s wife. She enjoyed gardening, canning vegetables, quilting, knitting and painting. She was famous for her dried fruit apple pies, which she joyfully taught many of her grandchildren how to make. She was a lifelong and the oldest member of Rocky Hill Baptist Church. Her life truly modeled that of a Proverbs 31 woman.

Those left to cherish her memory include her sons, Steve (Libby) Mason and Dale (Kay) Mason; daughters, Ann (Barry) Benfield, Patty (Frank) Hutchens, and Elsie Welborn; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren, who will all miss her dearly.

The family will receive friends at Rocky Hill Baptist Church on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, from 6 to 8 p.m. The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at 3 p.m. at Rocky Hill Baptist Church with Rev. Henry Cook and Rev. Ervel Jones officiating. Interment will immediately follow the service in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Shannon Mason, Nicholas Mason, Barry Benfield II, Jason Mayhew, Robert Rankin, and Todd Padgett. Memorials may be made to Rocky Hill Baptist Church, 823 Mountain View Road, Statesville, NC 28625 and/or to Hospice of Iredell County, 2347 Simonton Road, Statesville, NC 28625.

The family would like to give their deepest thanks to all of her Hospice caregivers.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements for Mary Mason.

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