KEYSER - A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, Oct. 26, for Gerri Mason, director of the Mineral County Family Resource Network and founder of the Mineral County CASA program.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, Oct. 26, for Gerri Mason, director of the Mineral County Family Resource Network and founder of the Mineral County CASA program.
Gerri passed away Oct. 8 following a long battle with cancer. She was just 55 years old.
Mason served as director of the Mineral County FRN since 2003, and since being hired in that capacity she had helped the agency expand to include numerous programs to assist children and families throughout the county. Among the programs benefitting from her direction and expertise were Energy Express, the Mineral County STEM Festival, the Children’s Memorial Flag Day program, Grandparents and Me Day at Brookedale Farms, the Mineral County Baby Shower, and much more.
When the Mineral Daily News Tribune began searching for a non-profit agency to assist with the Warm the Children program, Gerri stepped up and offered to partner with the drive to provide warm winter clothing for Mineral County children in need. Her daughter Dayla Harvey took over as coordinator when then-coordinator Kelly Wittman stepped down, and she and her mom not only became the driving force behind the major fund raising mechanism of the program, but also in getting volunteer shoppers paired up with families in need so they could help them pick out their clothing at local stores.
Those children who suffered from abuse and/or neglect and found themselves in the court system would also benefit from Gerri’s tireless efforts when she got together with local judges and formed the Mineral County CASA - Court Appointed Special Advocates, or volunteers who would undergo training so they could help protect the rights of those children.
Gerri’s death Oct. 8 sent a shockwave through the county, not just for those programs that benefitted from her attention, but for everyone who had ever worked with her or met her at one of her many functions.
As word of her passing hit social media, countless comments were posted, not just with condolences for the family but also with praises for her legacy of dedication to the people of the county. Words such as “angel,” “an inspiration,” “an awesome individual,” and more were used to describe her.
The Celebration of Gerri’s life will get underway at 2 p.m. in the Davis Conference Center on the campus of Potomac State College. The family has been gathering comments, tributes and photos which they hope to share with everyone at that time.
Everyone is welcome to attend.