Eleanor (Ellie) Jean Mason, 86, of Fort Myers, FL passed peacefully into God’s hands on January 31, 2013. She was born on April 1, 1926, in Elgin, IL to Henry and Clara (Manthei) Weightman.
Ellie graduated from Elgin High School in Elgin, IL. She and Ed raised their family in Algonquin, IL. Upon retiring, they moved to Fort Myers Beach, where they owned and operated The Mason Apartments for 15 years. During this time Ellie worked part time for daughter, Cheri at her Fort Myers Beach shop, East Winds. After moving to Parker Lakes, Ellie volunteered for over 10 years in the gift shop at Health Park Hospital; she was an avid knitter and regularly supplied the hospital with hand knit baby caps.
Ellie also knitted prayer shawls for St. Peter Lutheran Church on Fort Myers Beach where she and Ed were members for over 30 years. She was loved by all there for her faithfulness.
She will be remembered by family and friends for her talent in growing beautiful orchids, for her birthday April fool jokes and for always putting everyone in her family first. Ellie’s life was all about love and this is her gift to those that knew her.
Ellie is preceded in death by Edwin, her husband after 62 years of marriage. She is survived by her two daughters, Marcia (Randy) Geiser of Burnsville, NC and Cheri (Dr. William) Boyer of Fort Myers Beach, FL, three grandsons, Dr. Treavor Hall (Mackenzie) Boyer of Gainesville, FL, Ryan Mason (Stephanie) Boyer of Cape Coral, FL and Graham Mason Geiser of Boone, NC, four great grandsons, Mason Michael Boyer, Ian Bay Boyer and twins, Connor William Boyer and Kellen Wesley Boyer and a most loved sister, Marian (Auntie Mare) Schmitt of Fort Myers, FL.
A service in celebration of Ellie’s life will be held on Sunday, March 3, 2013 at Noon in St. Peter Lutheran Church, 3751 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St Peter Lutheran Church or to Hope Hospice, 9470 Health Park Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33908.
Friends may sign the online guest book at www.horizonfunerals.com.