Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service

Sarah Mason

January 16, 1920 ~ July 26, 2017

Allagene Mason passed away on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, of natural causes.  She was born to Fred Folger Jefferis and Sarah Katherine Fife Jefferis in Washburn, North Dakota, on January 16, 1920. (She was named Sarah Allagene but used her second name until she went to Chile where she became known as Señora Sarita.)

After finishing high school in Washburn, Allagene graduated from North Dakota Agricultural College (now NDSU) in Fargo. She participated in many college affairs, was named to Senior Staff (Mortar Board) and Phi U, an honorary home economics society, and chosen as a Representative Senior amongst all the graduates of 1942.

Allagene married Walter Fred Mason on July 30, 1942.  They were assigned to Chile in 1944 under the auspices of the United Methodist Church and worked there for 23 years. Allagene served as manager of a Boys Agricultural School Boarding Department and helped establish a girl’s school where she took on teaching duties. She also worked with children and women’s groups in the area, and especially enjoyed teaching adult literacy classes. One of Walter and Allagene’s most notable assignments was the Punta Arenas Circuit on the Straits of Magellan, the southernmost United Methodist Churches in the world.

Walter and Allagene had four children, all born and raised in Chile. After returning to the States for the children’s college education, the family lived in Athens, Tennessee, where Allagene worked in a dry goods store. They later moved to Brigham City, Utah, where she taught in the Intermountain Indian School, and then relocated to Browning, Montana, where she worked as assistant to the County Agent, also working in the day care center that the United Methodist Church managed, as well as in the churches where Walter was pastor.

Walter and Allagene retired to Bozeman in 1981 where Allagene continued to be active in the United Methodist Church, especially United Methodist Women’s Circles, Masonic-related organizations, Eastern Star and White Shrine.  She enjoyed volunteer work – especially for the Museum of the Rockies, where she accumulated more than 3500 hours of service.

Allagene is survived by her children, David J. (Vonda), Kathryn Ellen (David Lee) Lentz, Paul F. (Loretta) and Timothy S. (Amy); eight grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; brother, Frederick Fife (Donna) Jefferis; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by Walter, her husband of 70 years; her parents; and sister, Lois Ellen Jefferis Sheldon.

Celebration of Life services will be held Saturday, October 21, 2017, at Bozeman United Methodist Church at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Allagene’s name to Bozeman United Methodist Church, 121 South Willson Ave., Bozeman, MT 59715; Intermountain Children’s Home, 500 South Lamborn, Helena, MT, 59601; or to the donor’s choice.