Our bold and free-spirited daughter and sister, Katie Marie Mason of Stafford, Virginia, passed unexpectedly on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at the age of 28 as the result of a tragic accident, trying to rescue her beloved black pug Stella.
Katie is survived by her parents, Stacy and Denise Mason of Stafford, Va.; siblings Sarah Mason and Joseph Mason; grandparents Michael and Karen Mason of Rudolph, Ohio, and Gene and Connie Ward of Hicksville, Ohio; adopted grandparents Jim and Nancy Coats of Stafford, Va.; and aunts, uncles, cousins and countless friends.
Katie was born on February 9, 1990 in Lucas County, Ohio. She attended schools in Fort Knox, Ky., Newport News, Va., and Stafford, Va., graduating from Brooke Point High School in Stafford, Va. in 2008. She attended Virginia Commonwealth University and graduated with a degree in Biology in 2013. She served in the Virginia Army National Guard and Army Reserves as a medic. Katie worked as an analyst at Anasec. She was also continuing her education at Northern Virginia Community College.
Katie was passionate about all creatures both big and small. She was the adoring momma to her fur-babies, Stella and Sapphire. While Sapphire, her precious cat, remains with the family, Stella has joined Katie in her eternal peace.
Katie lived life boldly. She skydived, she deep-sea fished, she attended concerts, and she acted with spontaneity. She lived with curiosity, loving to learn about all that interested her, and she never missed a shark week on the Discovery Channel. She found wonder in all of nature from watching storms and catching bugs. She loved to tease those she loved, and she would also drop everything to take care of a sick parent or a friend in need. She was an avid VCU Rams basketball fan who would rearrange a vacation to ensure she could cheer on her favorite team. A woman of many talents, Katie was also an artist, often illustrating her favorite subject: the cats.
Katie’s life will be celebrated from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 12 f at Covenant Funeral Service, 1310 Courthouse Road, Stafford, Va. For all who knew our beloved Katie, please come join us as we honor her and share our stories, laughter, and tears.
Katie was also a private person and would be astounded by all the attention her story has received. Katie can best be honored by a donation in her name to support her greatest dream, helping the endangered lions. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the African Wildlife Foundation at awf.org. She would have loved to know that she helped save even one lion.
Covenant Funeral Service, Stafford
Thursday April 12th, 2018
5:00pm - 8:00pm
1310 Courthouse Road
Stafford, VA 22554
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I am so sorry for your loss of your daughter Katie. I lost my baby boy Kevin, at 3 1/2 years old in 1998. My heart breaks for you. I am also The Compassionate Friends Fredericksburg Chapter Leader which is a self help support group for all bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents who have lost a child. I am here for you if you need me. Praying for you all. RIP Katie
Submitted by Kathie Kelly on Apr 17 2018 05:42:32 PM
I didn't know Katie, but I read her story in the Sentinel Tribune and it touched my heart. Please accept my sympathy for your loss. The world would be a much better place if more people were like her.
Submitted by Cathy on Apr 14 2018 11:52:09 PM
Prayers For You Katie Mason and your family 🙏🌹🌷🌺🌸
Submitted by Charles Chao on Apr 13 2018 04:18:53 PM
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Mary Saraceno lit a candle on Apr 13 2018 10:30:51 AM
Stacy,Denise and family.
So sorry to hear of your beautiful daughter. You are in our thoughts and prayers
Submitted by Keith&Jodie Watson on Apr 13 2018 09:39:44 AM
We are very sad...very sad..!!!....Here in Puerto Rico we learned about Katie Mason story.....May God bless her soul and pray God to give comfort to all Katie families...Our prayers to all of you,...my son work at VCU and also knew Katie Mason.....May God bless her soul..!!
Submitted by Jose Guzman on Apr 12 2018 10:16:32 PM
Stacy, Denise & family, Mike & Karen, we are so very sorry for the loss of your beloved Katie. May God continue to wrap his loving arms around you during this difficult time. Hold your memories close and always remember her free spirit will be with you always. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Submitted by Todd & Jenny Brown, Dave Adams on Apr 12 2018 06:22:11 PM
Denise and Stacy,
I am deeply saddened to learn of your loss. Katie was a terrific young lady and I’m very happy to have had the opportunity to get to know and work with her. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Submitted by Dennis Buerk on Apr 12 2018 02:19:35 PM
Stacy and Denise, please know that you are all in the thoughts and prayers of everyone here on the Fort Benning G3 team. There are no words that can express how sad we are to learn of your loss. Katie will live on in your hearts and memories until you see her again. God Bless you all.
Submitted by Mark Sweeney on Apr 12 2018 12:54:44 PM
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