Doris Mason Estel
I think my earliest memory of my mother is of her being carried into the house by my father and grandfather when my sister was born. This was in the days when women stayed in the hospital for ten days after giving birth, even though those women had probably been born at home to a mother who got up the next day and cooked and cleaned as always.
I also remember my mother singing while she did her housework - I must have been four or younger. I don't know what the song was, but it was a hymn of some kind.
Mother was interested in popular music in her younger days, and just as I did as a teenager, wrote down the top ten each week as presented on Your Hit Parade.
--Dick Estel (son)
From the time that Teri and I were little girls, up until the last time that Rod and I visited Grandma in Mariposa, I remember walking in the door and seeing her coming to us from the kitchen or living room with a big smile on her face, her arms ready to give a nice, big hug. She always did special things for Teri and me. My mom told me that she still has some of the baby dresses that Grandma lovingly made for us when we just wee ones. In some ways, I feel I got even closer to Grandma over the past couple of years. We shared some long and special conversations. I love you, Grandma, and I'll see you again one day.
--Jennifer Estel Neely (granddaughter)
visits to Mesa
twice and stopped to see Hazel
and Bob. The highlight of visits was at
Barbara Watkins (cousin)
very sorry that your mother has passed on. Seeing her at the reunion was a
wonderful surprise and I enjoyed chatting with her. Though it is a
natural process of life, losing our parents is very difficult. Wes and I
send our condolences. I enjoyed 4-H and camping with Hazel and always
held her in the highest regard. She was a wonderful lady.
Van Gundy Bowman (member of the 4-H sewing club)
I am so
sorry and shocked!! I had just communicated with her in the beginning of
the month and she sounded great--as usual. She was such a wonderful aunt
and a delightful woman. The last of the "Mason Girls."
Leary DeFilio (niece)
terribly sorry and very saddened by the news. I always greatly admired
Aunt Hazel; she was the rock of the Mason sisters. She, and Uncle Bob,
will stay in my memory forever with nothing but good thoughts.
& Dianna Hall & family (nephew)
one exceptional lady. I am so
glad that we had the chance to see her this past November.
I will always remember her with great admiration and love.
Katie and I will always remember your mother as a dear and gentle lady with smile on her face and sparkle in her eye.
--Chuck Calanni & Katie Leary
I was so shocked and saddened to hear of Aunt Hazel passing. When I saw her this last May I thought she would live to be 100. I will always remember the family reunions at Mom's and Dad's in Lake Elsinore. The Mason girls would play cards till early morning. What great times!
I have so many fond memories with my grandmother (Vivian Mason Hall) and Aunt Hazel & Uncle Bob. We had great family times!! Hazel will be missed.
Aunt Hazel was very special to me and I grieve the loss of the last Mason sister, but rejoice that they are probably laughing up a storm together again.
--Nancy Drefke Teets (niece)
Updated December 21, 2016