Deloris (known to us as “Dee Dee”) Finch Mason, 90 years of age, quietly passed on to eternal rest on Tuesday, November 15, 2022, at her home in Richmond, Virginia after a wonderfully, well-lived life. Deloris was born on September 20, 1932, in Richmond, Virginia to parents (predeceased) Charles W (Sr) and Nalda Baker Farrar.
Educated in the Richmond, Virginia public school system, Deloris went on to pursue a career in business specializing in Human Resources Management and worked for various private and governmental agencies to include the Georgia Department of Labor (Atlanta, Ga), Soldiers and Airman’s Home (Washington, DC), DC General Hospital, (Washington, DC) and retiring from University of District of Columbia in Washington DC.
During her career, Deloris enjoyed living in Atlanta, GA, and Alexandria. Virginia, finally moving back to Richmond upon her retirement. Deloris was united in marriage to Negro league great Henry “Pistol” Mason, who pre-deceased her in May 2020.
Deloris is survived by her two children, Van Douglas Quarles (Valerie) of Waldorf, MD, and Gail Deloris Quarles of Richmond, VA who was also Deloris’ loving caregiver. Also left to grieve are Deloris’ three siblings, Charles W. Farrar Jr. (Pinky), Jean F. Thomas (Frank deceased), and Barbara L. Jones (Steve), all of Richmond, Va. In addition, Deloris is also survived by three grandchildren, Monique Moody (Daryl), Brittney Jackson (Brandon), and Demetrius Quarles. In addition, Deloris leaves behind three great-grandchildren, Micah Quarles, Donovan Moody, and Trevor Moody; two great-great-grandchildren, Aria Quarles, and Luca Harmon. A beloved niece, Kim Farrar, and loving cousins Barbara Wright (Thomas), Brenda Thompson, Kim Hinkson, and a host of other relatives and friends, especially Martha Bridgeforth.
Deloris was a beautifully elegant, brilliant, charming, delightful force to be reckoned with. In her career, at a time when women of color were not given opportunities, she cracked her share of glass ceilings with confidence and grace. The impact that she had on so many, and the lives she changed by her persistent belief that opportunities in the workforce should not be denied due to race, gender, or disabilities, was one of the many jewels in her crown.
A world traveler, she loved dining in Paris, shopping in Italy, sunning in Cannes, Monte Carlo, and having family roots in St Kitts, West Indies. Did I mention shopping? That was one of her great pleasures! Her impeccable style was legendary.
She loved being surrounded by her family and took immense pride in the accomplishments and rich history of her family.
Lastly and most importantly, she was an extraordinarily loving and supportive mother. No matter where we were or what we did she always had our backs. In her heels and coifed hair, she was still a true “ride or die” diva for her children. Her wisdom and support allowed us to fly always knowing that she was our beacon of light, our strength, and our guide through turbulence or joy.
Deloris enjoyed a life well lived. (By the way, she baked the most delicious lemon chess pies in the world).
How very blessed we have been to have this fabulous “diva” in our lives!