A funeral service, celebrating the life of Ila Jean Allen Mason, of Hebron, was held August 24, 2016, in the Hebron Christian Church, with her Pastor, the Rev. Chris Whitehead as celebrant. Burial followed in Hebron Cemetery.
Ila died peacefully August 19, 2016, in Newark, following a brief illness. She was born October 28, 1932, in Columbus, the daughter of the late George C. and Mary M. (Miller) Allen. She was a graduate of Hebron High School, Class of 1950, retired from the Lakewood Schools after 32 years of service, and after retirement was a substitute secretary in the Newark School system for 16 years. Ila was a very active member of the Hebron community: 25-year member and past president of Phi Beta Psi Sorority, Eagon Chapter #123, Order of Eastern Star; founding board member of the Buckeye Lake Historical Museum; founding board member of the Hebron Veterans Memorial Committee; Lakewood retirees breakfast; and Lakewood Hall of Fame inductee. Ila was also a 50 + year member of the Hebron Christian Church and filled many leadership roles in the church including Elder, Clerk, Chairman of the Board, Christian Womens’ Fellowship, Sunday and Bible school and funeral and fellowship luncheons and meals.
She is survived by her loving family: Don (Jan) Mason of Hebron, Den Mason of Hebron, Tim (Patsy) Mason of St. Louisville, Jeff (Debbie) Mason of Abilene, TX., Patty Mason (Mrs. Terry) of Hebron, Chris (Michelle) Mason of Florida, Clifford (Rose) Mason of Hebron and Connie Mason of Hebron; siblings, John (Polly) Allen of Maryville, TN, Jim (Peg) Allen of Lake Placid, FL, George “Bob” (Wanda) Allen of Crawfordsville, IN and Carol (Chuck) Bragg of Newark; her 14 grandchildren; her 17 greatgrandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Wilbur Mason in 1993; son, Terry Mason; daughter-in-law, Gini Mason; and sisters, Esther Mae Allen, Donna Kraner and Mary Lou Houston.
The family prefers that memorials be directed to the Hebron Christian Church or the Lakewood Education Foundation in her memory. An on -line guest register and video tribute to Ila are available at hoskinsonfuneral.com.