POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – Lee O. Mastin, a longtime resident of Poughkeepsie, died Wednesday, March 16. She was 94.
She was born on Dec.8, 1921, in Charleston, S.C., to Garfield J. Givens and Frances Bowles.
She worked as a short order cook for McDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla. After moving to New York, she was employed by Smith Brothers Cough Drop Company, and Vassar College, which she retired from in May 1987.
She was a lifelong member of Smith Metropolitan AME Zion. She was an active member of the Social Action Committee, a past class leader and a member of the Missionary Society.
She is survived by her four children, Gail D. Mastin, of Poughkeepsie; Phyllis E. Mastin (Joshua) of Boston; Willie L. Mastin, III (Carolyn) of San Antonio; and Michael A. Mastin (Abigail) of Lowell; her six grandchildren, Monique Washington; Shawn Washington; Lauren Miller; Taylor Mastin; Aaliyah Mastin; and Trey Mastin; and her eight great-grandchildren and great-great granddaughter.
She is also survived by her two sisters, Elizabeth Bramble of Poughkeepsie; and Mary J. Bynes of Houston; and sister-in-law, Gussie (Leonard) Jackson, of Huntsville.
She was predeceased by her husband, Willie L. Mastin Jr.; brothers, Alfred Givens; James Givens; and Samuel Givens; and a sister, Frances Davis.
The family asks that those who wish to honor Lee, consider a donation to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 E 33rd St., New York, NY 10016.
Joseph J. Darrow Sr. Funeral Home, Inc. 39 So. Hamilton St. Poughkeepsie handled arrangements.
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