Sep 11, 1933 - Mar 11, 2017
Our beloved wife, mother and grandmother, Ruth (Keller, Fuson) Mason, passed into the loving arms of Jesus, on March 11, 2017 at the age of 83. She was surrounded by family in Grand Junction Colorado where she has lived for the past three years.
Ruth Mary Keller was born on Sept. 11, 1933 in Casper, Wyoming and spent her elementary years attending St. Anthony’s Catholic School and Natrona County High School.
She met and married an amazing man John Elliott Fuson and had four children. John Jr. died in infancy and John Sr. passed after open heart surgery at the young age of 32.
Ruth then attended college and began working as an accounting supervisor for the United States Geological Survey Department. When the department relocated to Denver she decided to take an early retirement.
Blessed by a second cherished love, she married Donald Dale Mason on December 8, 1967 in Casper Wyoming. They would have celebrated their 50th anniversary this year.
The blended family of nine children enjoyed family holiday meals, camping, fishing, hunting, horseback riding, snowmobiling and riding ATV’s in the area around Casper and Dubois.
Don and Ruth relocated to Dubois where Ruth enjoyed wildflowers, bird watching, country and western dancing, fishing, photography and entertaining family with visits to Togwotee Pass, Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park.
In Dubois, she helped start Don’s new career as an independent trucker. Don and Ruth traveled to all 50 states either by 18 wheeler (Dad’s truck) or with their pickup and camp trailer. Ruth was a happy, caring individual, developing lifelong friends in the Dubois area.
Ruth was very active in her volunteer work at Our Lady of Fatima parish in Casper and Our Lady of the Woods in Dubois. Ruth also volunteered for the VFW, the Dubois museum and as treasurer for the ATV and Snowmobile clubs.
Moving to Grand Junction in 2014, to be close to daughter Shelly Williams and family, Ruth continued to enjoy long car rides through the scenic peach orchards and Colorado National Monument. We give thanks to God for her precious, beautiful life and for her as an active witness to a loving God. She lived long enough to enkindle within us a deep love for God. Thanks, Mom!
Surviving are: Spouse Donald Dale Mason Sr. Lampasas, Texas; nine children: Mike David (Jo) Fuson, Phoenix, Arizona; Shelly P Mason, Casper, Wyo.; Sherry Mason (Timothy) Graham Basin, Wyo.; Teresa Fuson, Owens (George) Fuller Brigham City, Utah; Donald (Debbie) Mason Jr. Briggs, Texas; Cydney Mason (Charlie) Goodrich Pinedale, Wyo.; Shelly Fuson Brown (David) Williams Grand Junction, Colorado; David (Karen) Mason Houston, Texas; Frank Mason San Rafael, Ca. There are 24 grandchildren, 34 great Grandchildren and 3 great- great grandchildren as well as many nephews and nieces.
Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband John Elliot Fuson and son John Elliot Jr., Brother Nick Keller, Sister Elizabeth (Keller) Selby and nephew James Selby Jr.
A viewing on Friday, March 17, 2017, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. followed by a Rosary service at Our Lady of the Woods Catholic Church, 4 South Riverton Road, Dubois, Wyo. Mass and a Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 18, 2017. Interment will be in the Dubois Cemetery.
Our special thanks to HopeWest Hospice, Dr. Dorman, Dr. Brown, RN’s, CNA’s, NP, staff and Dr. Dan Sullivan for their extraordinary caring and support. In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to HopeWest Hospice Care Center, Administrative Offices, 3090B North 12th Street, Grand Junction, CO 81506 or Dubois Volunteer EMT’s.
Services are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home.