CAPE ELIZABETH — Marion Mason had a lucky streak when it came to gambling.

In her years of retirement, Mrs. Mason and her husband, John, traveled across country, often spending as much as a month camping at Circus Circus in Las Vegas.

“They were both gamblers; she really enjoyed it,” said her son David Mason. She had a shirt from nearly every casino, with the words “I broke the bank” at the respective casino.

“She was pretty lucky,” her son said.

Mrs. Mason died Saturday, seven months after her husband of nearly 65 years died. She was 89.

Mrs. Mason often joked that she wasn’t married only to her husband, but also to his job in the Coast Guard, but she embraced it.

John Mason’s transfer to Two Lights brought the couple and their children to Cape Elizabeth.

Mrs. Mason established a home while her husband was assigned various duties along the coast of Maine.

During that time, Mrs. Mason began working at the Coast Guard Exchange in South Portland.

She eventually retired as the assistant manager of the exchange.

Mrs. Mason and her husband loved traveling.

They crossed the country multiple times and visited all 48 contiguous states.

They would travel for two to three months in their camper, visiting historical sites and camping wherever they went, her son said.

When their granddaughters were born, they took them on trips to Disney World, among other places.

After she retired, Mrs. Mason pursued her artistic talents and opened a ceramics studio, Kettle Cove Ceramics.

Her daughter Jackie Mattison, who went to college for a degree in art, assisted her in the operation.

“She and I would go to a ceramics studio in the South Portland area. We liked it so much, she started her own business,” Mattison said.

The studio sold materials to customers, and Mrs. Mason would tell people who stopped in what they needed and how to create pieces of art.

“She was quite the artist,” her son said.


Staff Writer Emma Bouthillette can be contacted at 791-6325 or at: [email protected]


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