Betty Ma­son

Jan­uary 25, 1929 - May 23, 2018

Yuma Sun - - OBITUARIES -

"Mommy" passed away quite sud­denly on May 23, 2018 in Se­quim, WA. She left us early in the morn­ing on a bright sun­lit, blue-sky morn­ing shortly af­ter ris­ing and, as al­ways, she was on her feet and walk­ing, but col­lapsed sud­denly, pass­ing within the hour. Betty spent the pre­vi­ous day with fam­ily, again en­joy­ing an ac­tiv­ity she loved; a drive in the coun­try on a beau­ti­ful Spring day. Betty was pre­ceded in death by par­ents Arthur and Louise Sch­lict­ing, hus­band Walt Rum­ble, sec­ond hus­band Ralph Ma­son, grand­son Tim­o­thy Ja­cob­son, and only brother Dana Sch­lict­ing. Af­ter years of snow­bird­ing and so­cial­iz­ing across the North Amer­i­can Con­ti­nent, Walt and Betty Rum­ble were true Ari­zo­nans, never look­ing back to their North­ern Cal­i­for­nia roots ex­cept for a rare short visit. They be­gan snow­bird­ing even be­fore fully re­tired, claim­ing a Quartzite ‘spot’ for quite a while. When they up­graded their travel to a grey­hound bus they had con­verted and chris­tened “Why Not,” they trav­eled for ten won­der­ful years, with Quartzite as their first Ari­zona home base, then Yuma Foothills. Af­ter Walt’s death when Betty was 52, she chose to re­main in her beloved Ari­zona and kept “Why Not,” and once Betty even drove solo all the way to Wash­ing­ton State… Why Not? One day she had a vis­i­tor to her Foothills prop­erty look­ing for a bus for sale, it wasn’t “Why Not” for sale, but those bus ques­tions opened a new chap­ter for Betty with her not-too-long-there­after sec­ond hus­band, Ralph Ma­son, a for­mer bus driver. Af­ter Ralph came into Betty’s life they shared many more years of trav­el­ing while also buy­ing and sell­ing sev­eral prop­er­ties, even­tu­ally find­ing one in Tacna they couldn't bear to sell and trans­form­ing it into their own per­sonal Ari­zona desert par­adise. They both spent much of their time giv­ing to their com­mu­nity, vol­un­teer­ing with Yuma Sher­iff's De­part­ment and be­ing a good friend to all, then spend­ing their Christ­mas time and money in Mex­ico, haul­ing gifts down there for chil­dren. And toys aren't just for chil­dren... they loved play­ing with their cars... They were ac­tive in the lo­cal hot rod com­mu­nity and re­stored many clas­sics over the years, en­joy­ing Mid­night at the Oa­sis, also en­joy­ing trips to Tal­ladega and other races. Years later, at nearly the same mo­ment Betty's 2nd great grand­child was be­ing born in Wash­ing­ton State, Ralph passed away peace­fully at their Tacna home un­der hos­pice care on De­cem­ber 8th, 2001 and in honor of that, on the 8th this year we are also hav­ing Betty's memo­rial in Tacna so her ashes can be scat­tered along­side Ralph's on the prop­erty they shared and loved. Betty main­tained her vol­un­teer­ing and giv­ing spirit through all the years, even do­nat­ing her beloved Tacna prop­erty to the Ari­zona Game and Fish De­part­ment upon her pass­ing. More than half of Betty's life was spent ex­plor­ing ev­ery area of this great state and vol­un­teer­ing any­where she saw a need; BLM, Yuma Sher­iff’s Of­fice, Ari­zona Game and Fish, any kind of ar­chae­o­log­i­cal or his­tor­i­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions that needed help, or ANY­ONE who she saw in need, Betty was there, es­pe­cially if it could help kids or an­i­mals. She loved col­lect­ing rocks and, it would seem, col­lect­ing awards. She had a whole set's worth of “vol­un­teer of the quar­ter” en­graved mugs over the years, a vol­un­teer of the year award cer­e­mony, nu­mer­ous plaques and cer­tifi­cates, and an adopt-the-high­way sign for clean­ing lit­ter in Tacna (and any­where she found it!). To know her was to know what an amaz­ingly giv­ing woman she was. Betty is sur­vived by her three daugh­ters and sons-in-law Linda Suzanne Eubanks (Gary), San­dra Les­lie Ja­cob­son (Chris), and Lau­rene Adele Laven­der (Scott), her grand­chil­dren Reuben, John, Rachael, Daniel, Gre­gory and Ni­co­las and her four great-grand­chil­dren Kelly, Lil­lian, Tim­o­thy John, and El­iz­a­beth, and two neph­ews Steve and Bruce Sch­lict­ing. Also in­cluded here is her Tacna guardian an­gel, Kenny Fol­low­ell, as Betty called him ''The son she never had.'' In lieu of flow­ers, do­na­tions may be made to ei­ther The Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety or any Alzheimer or­ga­ni­za­tion of your choos­ing. Let's re­mem­ber to­gether our amaz­ing VERY DEARLY LOVED one, Betty Lau­rene Sch­lict­ing Rum­ble Ma­son. Memo­rial to be held Noon to 5PM on 12/8/2018 at 7350 South Av­enue 40E, Tacna. Bring your sto­ries and a potluck dish to share if you'd like. Please sign the guest­book at www.legacy.com/obit­u­ar­ies/yu­ma­sun

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