Mason, Annie

Annie Kate Mason

August 18, 1930 - May 18, 2020

Annie Kate (Kee) Mason of McKinney, Texas passed away on May 18, 2020 at the age of 89. She was born on August 18, 1930 to Robert Francis Kee and Gracie Durisoe Kee in Cherokee County, Texas. Ann graduated from Carlisle High School and then attended Kilgore Junior College.  Ann married Col. James E. Mason on March 23, 1957 in San Antonio, Texas. Together, they lived the military lifestyle, moving all over the world, a role which Ann enjoyed as the Colonel’s Lady.

In 1970, Jim retired from the military and they bought a ranch in Bertram, Texas. Ann & Jim revived an old ranch house and property which was fondly named “Dad’s Dam Ranch.” She relished the life of a rancher’s wife, raising horses big and small and she resided there for the next 40+ years. Shortly after moving to Bertram, she tried to exercise her right to vote in the Republican primary, only to find out that not only that there wasn’t a republican primary; there was no Republican Party presence in Burnet County at all.  This led to one of her great passions, politics, causing her to help create the Live Oak Republican Women’s Club, later becoming chairman of the Burnet County Republican Party, and culminated in her being named one of the Top Ten Republican Women in Texas several years later.

Another great passion of Ann’s was Genealogy.  She shared this passion with her sister, Francis Sue and together they traveled extensively and researched the family tree.  She established credentials to join several clubs which include: Descendants of Ancient Planters, Colonial Dames, Daughters of the American Revolution, US Daughters of 1812, and United Daughters of the Confederacy.

Ann’s last great passion was to be active in the community.  She was an EMT for the Bertram Volunteer Fire Department; she was active in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church of Bertram, member of local dance groups, to include square dancing and the parade Plungettes.  Ann also loved to play dominoes at the senior center in Bertram.

She is survived by three children, Rodney Mason and wife, Vicki of McKinney, Texas, Michael Mason of Naples, Idaho and Patricia Wilson of Austin, Texas. Ann has four grandchildren, James Wilson and wife, Alyssa, Megan Wilson both of Austin, Texas, Evan Coleman and husband, Austin of Chesterfield, Virginia, and Kara Groneman and husband, Chris of Sydney, Australia. Plus the joy of her life, four great-grandchildren, Zoey, Zane, Zeth Coleman and Mason Wilson. She also leaves a sister, Francis Goodall; sister-in-law, Pauline Kee; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Ann was preceded in death by her husband, Col. James E. Mason; parents, Robert and Gracie Kee; brothers, Tommy, Robert, Victor, Charles, and Oliver Kee; sisters, Molly Kubasak and Margaret Hicks.

A private graveside service will be held at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, 1520 Harry Wurzbach Road, San Antonio, Texas 78209, where she will be laid to rest with her beloved husband.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Wounded Warrior Project

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I am sorry to hear of Aunt Annie Kate's passing. My thoughts, heart, and prayers go out to Mike, Pat, Spike, and their families. Nelda Janway, May 27, 2020 So sorry to hear of Aunt Annie Kate passing. She was a very beautiful woman she strong,both physically and mentally. She loved her family and worked hard for them. She was straight forward she didn't mind telling what she thought about things. She gave advice me about how to handle money etc.I loved her very much. I grew up in the same house that she did .I was very proud of her because didn't back up anything or anyone I admired her for that. I guess I kinda speak for everyone here in Concord where she grew up to say from she was loved by alot of people here . I can say for all here that she will be missed. We send our prayers and Love to her family My God bless and keep you during this time of loss. Larry Kee, May 26, 2020 I was so sorry to hear about Aunt Annie Kate passing. My deepest condolences to the entire Mason family during this sad time. Your mother was an amazing woman and she will truly be missed. Coming from the little East Texas community of Concord she was never discouraged, proud of her heritage and accomplished great things especially leading her family. I will always remember the ranch in Liberty Hill and those little horses. God Bless. Casey Kubasak, May 21, 2020 We were so saddened to hear of the passing of Aunt Annie Kate. We will always remember her as a strong, vibrant woman with many interests and a passion for them all! Mom has told us many stories of the closeness she and Aunt Annie Kate had growing up as sisters and their adventures later in life on the genealogy trail together. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Spike, Pat and Mike. We pray she is now resting in eternal peace with her Heavenly Father. Ed and Rhonda (Goodall) White , May 20, 2020 I always enjoyed visits to or from Aunt Annie Kate and Uncle Jim. She was the very definition of vivacious — energetic, enthusiastic, and absolutely full of life and love. Those memories are a personal treasure to me. May God bless and sustain Aunt Annie Kate’s family during this time of passage from mortal life to life eternal. We shall all meet again on that beautiful shore. Rick Goodall, May 20, 2020