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Martha Mason Turns 90


On June 24th, many friends, family, and community came together in the Milan Ballroom in Waukegan to honor the life's work of Mrs. Martha Iglehart Mason. They celebrated her 90th birthday. Zion's Mother of the Year, 1984, has worn many hats including that of a mother, wife, teacher, dean of students, assistant principal, missionary, first lady of a church and community supporter.

Commissioner Billy McKinney stated that his encounters with Mrs. Mason during his junior high years helped mold him and so many others into the individuals that they are today. This sentiment was echoed by many in attendance of the celebration on that beautiful Sunday afternoon.

Martha was born June 3, 1928 and grew up in Texas. She completed her Masters in Education at Howard University in 1951. She later moved to Zion with her husband, Hubert and nine children in 1968 from Evanston. Zion Elementary District #6 hired her as a substitute teacher and then offered her a full time teaching position. After that first year as a teacher, she was offered the position as Dean of Girls and later Dean of Students.

Yvonne Mason

Later, Mason was promoted to Assistant Principal. In that capacity she is known for mentoring colleagues as well as students.

"She was a pleasure to work with," says Richard Oates a former school administrator and colleague.

"Although I was her boss, I learned so much from her,' commented Frank Walker, retired principal of District 6 schools. "And have remained good friends down through the years.

Nicole Cartwright and Donna Linder shared that Mason was instrumental in introducing them to spiritual life and both said that she was an example of a life of service.

"We thank Mrs. Mason for her many years of service in our community," says Donna Linder, President of the Lakeshore Rotary Club.


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