Margaret “Susan” Mason Maulin, 78, left to be with her Lord on June 14, 2022.
Susan was the most positive and joyous person as she felt that there was always a reason to celebrate, believing that the next great thing in anyone’s life was just around the corner and that everyone should follow their heart. She was wise, loving, smart, funny, joyful, helpful, and kind and was very optimistic that things work out in the end if one is patient.
Born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Susan grew up on a wheat and cattle farm in Ness City, Kansas. Her love of reading began at an early age due to her mother and grandmother being teachers, and she would always sit at the feet of visiting relatives to learn more about life. She was a serious student; she and her first husband, Stan, had earned the distinction being the high school’s Valedictorian and Salutatorian, but since they had previously eloped and were expecting their first child, they were disqualified. She furthered her education at Fort Hays state University and completed her studies at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas and received her Bachelors of Psychology degree the very same year that her two children graduated college!
One of the greatest days in Susan’s life was when she married Herb Mason. With their family, they moved to Wichita, Kansas, where she became involved at St. James Episcopal, St. George Orthodox Christian Cathedral, and the Median Shriners. She was deeply spiritual and volunteered at churches and in their activities; there was seldom a time she wasn’t on a committee or volunteering at church! She also loved to perform and would sing at events occasionally, including the church choir for most of her life.
As a voracious reader, Susan had an amazing library, where she enjoyed religious studies, art, natural health, history, listening to music, and socializing. She collected beautiful things such as sculptures, crystal and china, including a collection of bells; she was very sentimental about her heirlooms. She also enjoyed politics and watching documentaries. She was a waitress at a young age, a veterinarian assistant, a scrub nurse, a homemaker, a student at the University, an employee at Dillard’s Department Store, and volunteered at a homeless shelter. Susan loved children and helped family and friends take care of their children all her life.
Susan never knew a stranger. She had the biggest heart and loved everyone she met. She shared her knowledge with people in her life, always knowing the right thing to say or do. When she no longer had words, she still found ways to share her heart and was the family’s angel on earth!
Both of her late husbands were Marines, but also friends. Susan was widowed twice, but the love of her life was Herbert Leo Mason. They were together from 1972 until his death in 2003.
Susan is preceded in death by her husbands, Bob Maulin and Herb Mason; her first great-grandson, Rupert Glenn Neil; her parents, Pauline and Jones Neill; her aunt Marybel Stokes; and her beloved Chihuahua, Bella.
Susan leaves behind her son, Michael Cranston of Wichita, Kansas; daughter, Renae Dillard and husband, Mac of College Station; her grandchildren, Marta Gulbe and Aaron, of College Station; Alix Neil and Jake of Goodyear, Arizona; and Ashley Bolton and David of College Station; the father of her children, Stan Cranston and Mick of Parker, Colorado; her siblings, Sally Jo Murphy, Sharon Elizabeth Rupp and Steve, and Catherine Louise Hull and Ron; four nieces; one nephew; and many other relatives who will miss her dearly.
The family wishes to acknowledge the special care of her caregivers, Linda Hamilton of five years; Queens Gaines, Rhonda Oldham; and the staff at Enhabit Hospice, including Chaplin, Brent Sims, Dawn, Joyce, Norma, Andrea, and many other caring staff members.
In honor of Susan, the family will celebrate with friends by sharing stories and eating her favorite Marble Cake at 5:00pm on Saturday, June 25, 2022 at 1004 Shady Drive, College Station, Texas 77840.