MASON, Elise M. (Fletcher)
Elsie Marie Fletcher Mason Funeral for Elsie Marie Fletcher Mason, 73, Lawton, will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Whinery-Huddleston Chapel with the Rev. Dr. Roger Alford, the Rev. Leodis Strong and the Rev. Ruth Holmes officiating. Burial will be at 2 p.m. at Fort Sill Post Cemetery, where she will join her late husband, Willie Mason. She died Monday, March 12, 2012, in Lawton.
Elsie Marie Fletcher was born Nov. 14, 1938, in Chickasha, to Theodore and Gertrude Glasker Fletcher. She attended Lincoln School in Chickasha and graduated as salutatorian of her class in May 1956. She enrolled in Oklahoma College for Women for one semester. She had a daughter born in 1955. In 1958, she met Willie Mason and they were married Oct. 19, 1962. He adopted her daughter, Marcia, shortly after their marriage. They traveled to Fort Benning, Ga., in 1965 and, in 1966, they traveled to Hanau, Germany, and remained there until they were transferred to Fort Ord, Calif., in November 1968.
In 1970, they returned to Lawton, to remain while her husband was assigned to Korea. On July 1, 1971, she was hired at Fort Sill, in the Transportation Department as a clerk typist. In 1971, she joined Grant Chapel AME Church. Her husband, Willie Mason, died on active duty on May 23, 1974. She continued to work in transportation as a shipment clerk. She met Sgt. Maj. Robert Sanders in 1975, and they got married in October 1979. She moved to Houston, in 1981, and worked at the reserve center, later transferring to the Department of State passport office, where she worked until 1986.
Her marriage ended in divorce in 1984, and she moved back to Lawton in 1986. She started working at the Transportation Department again and remained until 2012.
Elsie was a fun-loving person, who loved people and loved helping people. While attending Grant Chapel, Elsie held many positions in the church. She loved doing missionary work. She was the angel tree prison ministry coordinator for 10 years and also participated in feeding of the inmates every 2nd Thursday at the Redemption Church in Lawton. Elsie held many positions in the local missionary society and was treasurer of the area missionary society for eight years.
She was preceded in death by her grandmother, father, mother and three brothers. Survivors include her daughter, Marcia Freeman, and grandchildren: Michael Freeman II and Michaela Freeman, all of Alexandria, Va.; son-in-law, Michael Freeman I, of Fredericksburg, Va.; sisters: Joyce Kepney and husband, Charles, of Austin, Texas; and Seleda Page, of Lawton; a sister-in-law, Earthie Child, of Dallas; an adopted daughter, retired USA Maj. Glema Gordon, of Anthony, Fla.; an adopted son, USA Master Sgt. Clarence Rhodes, of Junction City, Kan.; a special cousin, Frances Hatchett and husband, Tommy, of San Diego; special nephews: Anthony and Sean Page, of Dallas; a special niece, Stacy Kepney, of Austin, Texas; her devoted Grant Chapel church family, Transportation and Finance family from Fort Sill; and many additional family members and friends including her longtime friend, Raymond Lee.
Viewing will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.