Born 10-30-1905 -- Died 12-12-2003
Elsie Elmina Harris Mason, daughter of the late Samuel and Myna Cooper Harris, was born Oct. 30, 1905, in Gorby, Ark. She died Dec. 12, 2003, in Calico Rock, Ark., at the age of 98 years. During her working years, Elsie worked in the fruit orchard and packing houses in Washington state. Later she was employed by Hercules Power Plant in Sunflower, Kans.
She was a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother and homemaker. Elsie married Samuel Jefferson Mason in 1925, at Gorby. She was of the Methodist faith. She attended Calico Rock Baptist Church.
Survivors include two daughters -- Hazel Mason Webb of Mountain Home and Peggy Knowles of Calico Rock; a son, Richard A. Mason of Mountain Home; a brother, Arthur Harris of Salem; seven grandchildren -- Sharon Frost, Debbie Woods, Alan Mason, David Mason, Jan Cantrell, Suzette Johnson and Rick Knowles; 17 great-grandchildren -- Lanny Carter, Lisa Anderson, Nicole Woods, Juston Woods, Hannah Woods, Samuel Woods, Toby Woods, Matthew Woods, Haley Woods Olivia Bennett, Travis Bennett, Shelby Cantrell, Ryan Killian, Emily Johnson, Avery Johnson, Whitney Herron, and Kelsey Knowles; four great-great-grandchildren -- Kayla Carter, Derrick Carter, Steven Carter and Tristian Anderson; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and five brothers -- Austin, Perry, Clay, Leamon and Leonard Harris.
The funeral was Dec. 14 at Calico Rock Baptist Church with Jess Sumrall officiating. Burial was at the Roselawn Cemetery with arrangements under the direction of Eddie's Family Funeral Home of Melbourne.
Pallbearers were Justin Woods, Travis Bennett, Ryan Killian, Rick Knowles, Tom Green, and Adam Green.