In Memoriam


Sister Barbara Ann Mason, formerly known as Sister Augustine Mary, died on Wednesday, September 14, 2022, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian. She was 89 years of age and in the 72nd year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Barbara Ann was born in St. Johns, Arizona, to Augustine and Mary (Marquez) Mason. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian, received a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian, and earned a master’s degree in Spanish from Holy Names College in Oakland, California.

Sister spent 48 years in education in Oakland, Oceanside, La Jolla, and San Diego, California; Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Detroit, Michigan. This includes 19 years as principal of St. Mary Star of the Sea in Oceanside. 

Sister Barbara Ann became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2010. She was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings: Augustine, Leo, and Herman Mason and Esmel Jaramillo. She is survived by loving family members and her Adrian Dominican Sisters.

Due to COVID-19 mitigation protocols, the Dominican Life Center is closed to all guests or visitors until further notice. All are welcome to participate in Sister’s services via live stream

The Vigil Prayer will be held at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 21, 2022, in St. Catherine Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, September 22, 2022. Prayers of Committal will be held in the Congregation Cemetery. 

make a memorial giftMemorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan, 49221. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Anderson-Marry Funeral Home, Adrian.

Sister's Prayer Card (PDF)

Vigil for Sister Barbara

Worship Aid (PDF)

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Funeral for Sister Barbara

Worship Aid (PDF)

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Left: Sister Barbara Ann Mason’s parents, Mary and Augustine Mason

From left, Sisters Barbara Mason, Dorothy Jehle, Frances Barfield, and Clare Genevieve Huddas

Right: Sisters Barbara Ann Mason, left, and Mary Jo Sieg

Right: Members of the 2010 Diamond Jubilee Crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Carol Johannes, Rina Cappellazzo, Joseph Eugene Fogarty, Barbara Hubbard, Mary Mackert, and Mary Louise Gass; middle row, from left, Sisters Joan Marconi, Diane Erbacher, Paul James Villemure, Charlotte Francis Moser, Mary Anthony Marelli, and Kathleen Sutherland; and front row, from left, Sisters Theodora McKennan, Mary Jo Sieg, Florence Marie Viaches, Michael Claire Wilson, Barbara Ann Mason, and Donna Markham (Prioress).

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