Reflection of Life
Bernadine Elizabeth Hooks Mason was born on January 4, 1939 in Kansas City, Kansas into the union of the Edward Wesley and Ruth Ruby Powell Hooks. She was the eighth child born.
Bernadine’s education began in the Kansas City, Kansas Public school system where she attended Phillips Elementary School (Armourdale), Northeast Junior High School and graduated from Sumner High School in 1957. After graduating she attended Pittsburg State Teacher’s College and Avila College where she received a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Elementary Education.
In 1958, Bernadine was married to Warren Robert Mason. From this union, three children were born- Charmaine Kay (Shortie); Warren Robert, and Shaunte Janee.
At an early age, Bernadine accepted Christ and was a member of the Armourdale Church of God in Christ which is now Havenside Church of God in Christ under the Bishop J.O. Owens. In 1981, Bernadine Mason joined Mount Carmel Church of God in Christ under the leadership of the Bishop Ervin Sims, Jr. and Supervisor Mary K. Sims. In her early childhood days, her mother enjoyed teaching her Bible verses and poetry and watching her demonstrate them. One of her favorite Bible passages was Isaiah 53:1-7. Bernadine served in the church as a choir member, member care, head of the usher board, and was appointed as a Church Mother by Bishop Ervin Sims, Jr.
Bernadine had many positions as a typist because she typed over 100 words per minute. She began her employment career as an attendance clerk at Northeast Junior High School, she was at typist at Selective Services, and then worked for Robert Hughes Development Company. In 1973, she became a teacher for the KCKS school district, teaching 1st grade at Eugene Ware Elementary School until her retirement in 1998.
Bernadine enjoyed spending time with her family especially with her children and grandchildren. She loved travelling and cruising with her daughter- Charmaine. She enjoyed camping with her son, Warren, and Chantel-her daughter in love. She enjoyed going to garage sales with Shaunte. Bernadine enjoyed reading, writing, and cooking desserts (Bernadine’s Strawberry Cake). She especially loved spending time with her grandchildren and attending their church and school activities. She loved her grandchildren so much that each one will say they are her favorite (the Mason battle).
Bernadine is preceded in death by her parents and her younger sister, Sharon Fenrick. She leaves to mourn her daughter, Charmaine Kay Love; San Diego, Calif.; Son, Warren Robert Mason (Chantel) Shawnee, Kansas; daughter- Shaunte Janee Mason, Kansas City, Kansas. Three sisters- Gwendolyn Craven, Deborah Starnes, and Beverly Scott; Grandchildren- Eboney Jackson, Robert Mason, Mark Hattchet, Jr., Derrick Mason, Sierra Mitchell, Marissa Hatchett, JaRon Cook, and Miya Cook; Her Great grandchildren- Mehlani Rose Mason, Brielle Pulluaim, and Godson- Julius Jones along with a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, cousins, and many friends.
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