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Merle Beecher "Nana Merle" Mason

July 30, 1942 ~ May 13, 2019 (age 76)
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Merle Beecher Mason, age 76, of Baxley passed away Monday, May 13, 2019 under the care of Southern Care Hospice.

Mrs. Mason was born July 30, 1942 in Appling County to the late Collis “Bay” Beecher and the late Alma Carter Beecher.  She was a graduate of Appling County High School Class of 1960 and was a member of Woodlawn Baptist Church.  Mrs. Mason was owner & operator of Nana Merle’s Daycare and was formerly employed with Tastee Freez, Hazlehurst Mills, and Dairy Queen.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Mason was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Mason & two sisters, Zula Branch and Estelle McLain.

Survivors include a daughter, Missy Griffin of Baxley; two sisters & brothers in law, Patsy & Buck Buchannan & Carolyn & Grady Branch all of Baxley; a brother & sister in law, Russell & JoAnn Beecher & a brother in law, Bill Branch all of Baxley. Two grandsons, Damian Griffin & Christopher (Teryn) Griffin; and a great-grandson, Jake Griffin also survive.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Swain Funeral Home with Rev Tommy Daniels, Rev. Doug Weisel, Rev. Andy Williams & Rev. Justin McLellan officiating & a eulogy by Patsy Buchannan.

Interment will follow in Omega Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Damian Griffin, Christopher Griffin, Adam Smith, Will Smith, Patrick Rentz, Shane McLain, Lance McLain, Brady Beecher, Channing Branch, Johnny McLain, Danny Branch & Ricky Beecher.

Honorary pallbearers will be Nana Merle’s Babies, Children’s Department Workers at Woodlawn Baptist Church, Dairy Queen Staff, Appling Healthcare System, Dr. Tonya Fordham, Southern Care Hospice, Lynn Hale & classmates of 1960.

Visitation will be Tuesday evening 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Swain Funeral Home.

Arrangements are under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.

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