I learned by e-mail last evening that Debbie Mason has passed away. She taught Latin at Altavista High School in Campbell County, VA, located about three hours to the southwest of Fredericksburg.
Debbie was very active in the Classical Association of Virginia, serving as secretary (for as long as I can remember) and, most recently, as a co-chair of the Virginia Junior Classical League. She will be sorely missed by her students, colleagues, and members of those organizations. It will be strange to attend those activities without her there. I am sure that she will always be there in spirit!
I remember Debbie Mason as a strong and sensible individual who was a definite presence wherever she went. I can still hear her "Sybil's cry" to call a meeting to order and have heard her say on more than one occasion, "Darn it, this is the South! You would think they could make some sweet tea!"
My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends in this time of sadness.