St. Charles is saddened to announce the passing of former school nurse, Betsy Mason, following a valiant fight against pancreatic cancer.
Betsy retired from St. Charles on January 23, the 25th anniversary of the day she started in 1984. She was especially well-known for the special “maternal” care and concern she showed the young men of St. Charles over the years. Along with her nurse duties she assisted school secretary Laurie Berndt with the attendance each morning. The nurse’s office in the school’s Student Services Center was named in her honor when that facility was completed in the spring of 2006.
One of Betsy’s most enduring legacies is the school’s annual Red Cross Blood Drive which she initiated in 1984 with the help of Bill Nye. Betsy is also noted for providing in her office a collection of dress shirts, jackets, belts and ties for the young men to borrow should they accidentally come to school “out of uniform.”
When she retired, Betsy said that she has absolutely loved her 25 years at St. Charles. “I have been so blessed and inspired by all of the people with whom I have worked. God has afforded me the opportunity to know and love all of my St. Charles ‘guys’ and their families. St. Charles has been my ‘other’ family…and will always be my ‘other’ family…forever close to my heart.”
Click HERE to view Betsy’s online obituary and funeral arrangements, printed here:
Elizabeth (Betsy) Postlewaite Mason, Mount Pleasant, SC. February 27, 1948 – February 28, 2021. Our dear, sweet Betsy returned home to Our Lord nine months after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She was determined to enjoy the best quality of life she could during the time she had remaining, and to spend every moment with her husband, children and grandchildren around her. After her faith, family was most important to Betsy and she was constantly surrounded by their love and care!
Betsy was warm, kind, caring and generous; the most loving person we have ever known. She touched the hearts of everyone she met. Betsy loved being a wife, mother and grandmother more than anything else. She held a deep, enduring faith and trust in God, which she exhibited and shared with all who knew her.
Betsy is survived by her devoted husband and best friend of 54 years, Jim Mason; she is also survived by her three children; Jim (Shanele) Mason, Jr., Julie (John) Smear, Katie (Jim) Tebbutt; seven grandchildren, Maggie & Kiera Mason, Jay, Zach & Abby Smear, Ryan & Drew Tebbutt; her sister Margaret (Jerry) Postlewaite-Kiernan; brothers Bill (Linda), Chuck (Sally) & John (Laura) Postlewaite. Betsy was preceded in death by her loving parents Bill and Peggy
Postlewaite, and by her beloved sister Susie Keaney.
Betsy was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. She graduated from St. Mary of the Springs Academy and went on to earn her BSRN from St. Louis University, where she met Jim, the love of her life. Betsy and Jim were married after college and began their beautiful journey through life together. They lived, worked and raised a family in Columbus, Ohio for 40 years and have had many wonderful, dearly loved friends there. Betsy was the School Nurse at St. Charles Preparatory School for 25 years. That was her true calling. She loved the students, parents, faculty and staff and touched the lives and hearts of so many while there! She was an inspiration to those of us who knew her and taught us so much about living out our faith through our work and relationships.
Betsy and Jim retired to Mount Pleasant, SC, to take advantage of the year round warmth, sunshine and beaches. They enjoyed walking the beach, riding with the top down, discovering fun new places to eat, attending Mass and praying in St. Benedict’s Adoration Chapel; just spending all their time together was their greatest joy! Betsy also found a beautiful bond in Women of Joy. She loved these women of faith and learned and shared with them every week. Their love and prayers helped carry her through her walk with cancer. Betsy had a radiant personality, a truly positive outlook on life and always saw the good in everyone she encountered. She made everyone feel comfortable around her and when she smiled she lit up the room.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Ohio family and friends will be celebrated Saturday, March 13 at 12:00 noon at The Church of The Resurrection, 6300 E. Dublin Granville Rd, New Albany, OH 43054. A second Mass of Christian Burial for South Carolina family and friends will be celebrated Saturday, March 20 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Benedict Catholic Church, 950 Darrell Creek Trail, Mount Pleasant SC 29466. Betsy will be interred in the Columbarium at St. Benedict directly following the Mass.
In lieu of flowers, Betsy would ask that you pray a Rosary or Chaplet of Divine Mercy and offer your prayers for her family and friends. You are invited and encouraged to visit https://www.charlestoncremationcenter.com and leave a comment, memory of Betsy or a message for the family on that site.
If you would like to share a special memory or note about Betsy, please send it to Louis J. Fabro ’83 at [email protected].
We also invite you to view our site’s newest page, In Memoriam, located in the “Alumni & Development” page menu. Here is listed the names of alumni and friends who have passed away since September of 2019. Click HERE to visit now.