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Shirley Jean Cook Mason (1936-2020)

Shirley Jean Cook Mason

FARMINGTON - Shirley Jean Cook Mason, 84, of Farmington received her heavenly wings on June 18, 2020.

Shirley was born Feb. 27, 1936 in Farmington, the daughter of George Richard Cook Jr. and Thelma Elizabeth (Merrill) Cook.

She graduated from Farmington High in 1954. As a young woman she worked at McDonalds, Newberry's, Renys, and babysat local children. Shirley was very much a people person who always had a smile on her face.

On Feb. 14, 1958 she married Robert F. Mason. They settled in Farmington where they raised thier two sons, Montgomery " Monty" Robert Mason and Michael Floyd Mason. She enjoyed crafts, gardening, shopping, her yearly yard sales, camping and betting on horses at the fair. She loved visiting with family and friends, near and far. Shirley was a huge sports fan and especially enjoyed the Boston Red Sox and the Celtics. You could always find her sitting in her garage waving and smiling to all those who passed by.

She is survived by her son Micheal Mason and his wife Juli, brother Laurence Cook, sister Gail Pond and brother in-law Roger Mason, grandchildren; Heather Hallman, Heidi Sillanpaa, Amanda Mason, Melissa Fitzgerald and Matthew Mason. Shirley also has many nieces, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. She is predeceased by her husband Robert, son Monty and brother Rodney Cook. The family would like to thank Sandy River Center for their care.

Cremation cared for by Wiles Remembrance Center: Adams-McFarlane Chapel 137 Farmington Falls Rd. Farmington. A kind word may be left in her book of memories at

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  1. I am sad to read this, I would always see her at Walmart or sitting outside in her garage. The last time I saw her she was mowing her lawn. Rest in peace.

  2. Shirley was always sure to keep her lawn and garden and garden so neat. Many of her perennial flowers are in bloom for her today. Blessings to her and family.

  3. Having known Shirley “Gram” for the last 23 yrs I will always remember her excitement for halloween when she would hand out candy to many kids. She always kept count so she knew how much to get for the next year. She loved the family without judgement and that is “I believe” how she treated anyone she came in contact with. She will be missed by all.....

  4. To Michael;
    Your father and my brother Roland Day grew up together and were best chums. They rode bikes together and raised hell together and got in accidents together. You may have heard of him. I even worked with Bobby at Farmington shoe for a while.
    Sorry to hear Of your mums passing.
    Lloyd Day (one of the Day boys)

  5. Please accept my deepest sympathy, sorry to hear of Shirley's passing.

  6. Thank you for the honor of getting to know her. She always made me laugh. I will miss her. Im so sorry for your loss.
    Shelli Rogers PTA

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