Deborah Ann Latchison was born on August 28, 1955 to the union of Elder Andrew J. Latchison and Missionary Lola Belle Latchison, the third child of seven.
Deborah attended Hempstead Elementary and Soldan High School, graduating in 1973. She then attended St. Louis Community College at Forest Park. Debbie confessed her hope in Christ at a very early age at the Christ Southern Mission Baptist under the leadership of Rev. Herman Gore Sr. As a preteen, the Latchison Family shared membership at Kennerly Temple COGIC.
In 1977, Deborah was joined in holy matrimony to Charles Mason. To this union two children were born, Nicole Carmelle and Charles Paul Mason II. Deborah was employed as head secretary at Brown Shoe Company from 1973 to 1976. She was then employed at Southwestern Bell as administrative assistant and management until 1992. Debbie was then employed at Washington University where she served as an accountant. Finally, she was employed at First Bank where she specialized in Data Entry and Collections. Deborah’s employment history exemplifies she exceled as an African American woman in the work place. Deborah was also graced by God with the gift of entrepreneurship. With her creative skills, she crafted floral arrangements, jewelry and millinery with the flurry of Lydia in the book of Acts! Debbie “painted” with articulation in poetry and creative writing as if she were anointed to do so. She was a phenomenal fashionista, a diva divine! Deborah was an adventurous spirit who traveled the world even alone. Yet, for her mission “began at home” where she was involved deeply in community service to the widows, the orphans and senior citizens. Her acts of philanthropy are limitless! Debbie was a social activist who wrote innumerable letters of “friendly reminders” and “recommendations” to both local and national political leaders! Deborah’s outreach included volunteering at Better Family Life with Mr. James Clark (creating “Pulpits to Porches” and the amnesty program), Larry Rice and The New Life Evangelistic Center where she fed the hungry and assisted with donations. Her accomplishments and achievements, too numerable to tell, and never spoke of by her, are now known around the throne! Deborah’s love for people extended from here even to The Winans Family!
In the last few months of her life, Debbie joined in membership at St. Michael’s Temple under the leadership of Archbishop Michael A. West Sr. To God be the Glory! She leaves to cherish her memory 2 children; Nicole and Charles; 5 grandchildren; Darnell, Ethan, Marcus Jr., Luke and Hannah; 6 siblings; Betty, Andrew (Hope), Ruth (Sam), Mark (Pam), Martha (Michael) and Samson; 2 aunts, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins; a special friend Mike and other extended family and friends too numerous to name.
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