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Dolores Ellen Mason Wethington

July 19, 1934 ~ March 10, 2018 (age 83)

Dolores Ellen Mason Wethington departed this life Saturday afternoon, March 10, 2018, at her home in Overgaard, Navajo County, Arizona from complications of ALS, (Lou Gehrig's disease).  She was 83 years old and was born Thursday, July 19, 1934, in Oakland, Alameda County, California as the youngest child to her parents, the late Alexander Buriah and Eva Jacosa (Walton) Wilkins. Extended family and friends flocked to her bedside from around the country to express their love just before her passing.

Dolores grew up in the Bay Area of California and enjoyed roller skating and playing the trombone.  She graduated from Arrayo Grande High School in 1952 and worked multiple jobs for eight years to put herself through college at San Francisco State. Dolores married Walter Blair Mason on August 7, 1958 in the Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Blair and Dolores adopted two children; Tamara Ann (Mason) Davies and Walter Brent Mason. Dolores is remembered for being an exceptionally caring and dedicated wife, mother, sister, teacher, and friend who would do anything she could for those around her. 

Following graduation, she became an elementary school teacher and "resource specialist" in California and continued her hard work and dedication to others throughout her life.  She taught in California for 32 years until the death of her sweetheart, Walter Blair Mason.  Following his terminal illness, Dolores moved to Utah and taught elementary education for an additional eight years until her retirement at age 65.  Working with those students with special learning needs, she spared no effort to reach each child, one on one, teaching and inspiring them to achieve their potential.  She unconditionally loved her students from all backgrounds, and they couldn't help but respond that way in return.

All those who were blessed to have her in their lives were touched by her contagious enthusiasm and generous acceptance for who they were.  One week after her retirement as a school teacher, she served an LDS humanitarian service mission in Thailand for 18 months helping local Thai teachers to teach English. She gained a deep appreciation for the people as she traveled throughout most of the country and developed many long lasting friendships everywhere she went.

Shortly after returning from Thailand, Dolores was introduced and married her "treasure" James W. Wethington - a widower and retired Southwest Airlines pilot.  Shortly after their marriage, they served an LDS Leadership mission to Lagos, Nigeria where they found meaningful ways to serve the Nigerian people and added many to their growing circle of friends. 

Dolores had an unsurpassed zest for life and wanted to make the most of every minute.  She loved to take long brisk walks and her perfect day would be a six mile walk including talking to 10 people along the way! At the end of each conversation she would know their life story and they would feel they had a new best friend.  She took advantage of any opportunity to make a new acquaintance, be it in line at the store, waiting at an airport, or just passing by. All of the people in her life knew she loved them and that they could always count on being greeted by a smile, open arms, and maybe a wink or thumbs up! 

Dolores was a wonderful grandmother who was proud and happy for all her grandchildren's efforts in whatever they chose to do with their life.  She showed her love and support by doing whatever it took to be there ... wherever on the planet "there" meant ... whether it was an event at school, church, sports, or music, or flying across an ocean to a foreign land.  Dolores is survived by 13 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren who will always remember her.  She was a shining light in the lives of her family and numerous friends. 

Dolores is preceded in death by her late husband, Walter Blair Mason and her 4 siblings: Walton Buriah Wilkins, John Rees Wilkins, Eva Marie (Wilkins) Chaney, and Ruth Ann (Wilkins) Huddleston.

Her public funeral service will begin at 11:00 A.M., on Wednesday, March 14, 2018  at the Heber Chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, right off of the Arizona Highway 260 in Heber, Arizona. Funeral arrangements are by Owens Livingston Mortuary - White Mountain Chapel in Show Low, Arizona.

The concluding graveside service and interment will take place 11:00 A.M., Friday, March 16, 2018 at the Pleasant Grove City Cemetery, 700 North 100 West. The graveside service is entrusted to the care of Olpin Family Mortuary in Pleasant Grove, Utah.

In lieu of flowers a donation to the ALS foundation in memory of our beloved Dolores would be welcome.  See


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