Patricia Ann Mason

October 2, 1932 - September 26, 2019
Patricia Ann Mason

Patricia Ann “Pat” Mason, 86, of Monett, Missouri, passed away, Thursday, September 26, 2019, in her home surrounded by her four children, her granddaughters and daughter-in-law’s. Pat was born October 2, 1932, in Springfield Missouri, the daughter of Harold and Madeline (Hughes) Testerman. She was married to Carl Hancock in 1949 and together they raised their four children on their farm on Flat Creek in Cassville Missouri. After 25 years of marriage to Carl, Pat moved to Monett where she lived for the remainder of her life.

Pat had many careers over her lifetime but her favorite was working at Stell’s Package. She opened the store every day and loved to interact will all of her longtime customers. She continued to work until her health forced her to retire at 84 years of age. Pat loved to garden and take care of her magnitude of flowers. She had a “green thumb” like no other.

Pat quit school to marry and start her family at the young age of 17. Her only regret was that she didn’t finish school and receive her diploma. If she set her mind to something you could be sure it would happen. One of her proudest accomplishments was completing her education and getting her GED. She received her diploma at the age of 61.

Pat became a grandmother to seven grandchildren. She preferred to be called granny but somehow it turned in to “Gaggy”. She was forever Gaggy to all of her grandchildren as well as her 16 great-grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren.

Our Mom and Gaggy was a strong independent woman who wasn’t afraid to speak her mind. She loved her children and grandchildren unconditionally and treasured her friendships. She loved animals and had one special companion “Baby” who never left her side even as she passed. Pat lived her life on her own terms and left this world in the same way, just as it should be.

Pat was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Madeline Testerman, two brothers, Charles and Bill Testerman, one sister, Geri Testerman, her first husband and the father of her children Carl Hancock, her second husband, Joe Mason, her daughter-in-law, Verlane Hancock and her beloved first grandson, Scott Hancock.

Pat is survived by her three sons, Larry Hancock (Rose) of Monett Missouri, Darrel Hancock of Verona, Missouri and Billy Hancock (Valerie) of Verona, Missouri; one daughter, Jan Riddle of Nixa, Missouri; six grandchildren, Jennifer Rambo of Nixa Missouri, David Riddle (Melissa) of Wildwood, Missouri, Matt Hancock (Robin) of Monett Missouri, Angie Hancock (Kevin) of Neosho, Missouri, Chris Hancock (Cassy) of Purdy, Missouri and Harley Curbow of Springfield, Missouri; 16 great-grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren.

A gathering of friends and family to celebrate Pat’s life will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 2, 2019, at the Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home, 303 S. Jefferson Ave. Aurora, Missouri.

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