May Dean Mason, age 95, passed away at Kolob Care Center Dec. 24, 2015. She was born Aug. 23, 1920, in Tarkio, Missouri, to James Robert and Mabel Andrews.
May Dean’s family eventually left Missouri during the great depression settling down in Lindsay, California, where she continued growing up with her five siblings, Robert, John, Earl, Dixie and Tom.
Some time during 1940 or 1941, she became part of “The Greatest Generation” when she moved to Arizona to work in an aircraft factory with her girlfriend. Because of her petite size, they used her in the very cramped tail sections of fighter planes securing the skin rivets. She truly was one of the “Rosie The Riveters.”
May Dean is survived by her son, Robert (Bob) Mason, Omaha, Nebraska; brothers Thomas Andrews, Earl Andy Andrews; and sister, Dixie Cook, all residing in California.
May was preceded in death by her first son, Earl Edward Everett; her husband Clarence Mason; and two older brothers, Robert and John Andrews.
- May Dean will be interred at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Dec. 30 at 3 p.m.
Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 435-673-2454. Friends may sign her guestbook online.