Queenie Masters was born Ada Jarvis to Lawrence & Harriet Jarvis in Clowne, Derbyshire, England on November 22, 1926. Queenie had a twin brother, Leslie, an older sister, Maisie, and a younger sister, Brenda who survives her.
Called Queenie as a young girl by her father, after a popular singer of the time, she was a sensitive child who stayed close to her mother. Later she became known as a ‘laddie-lass,’ (tomboy) pestering her brother to let her play football with him and his friends. She was captain of the basketball team and a demon on her bicycle, proudly bringing home her wages from her after-school job as a butcher delivery girl.
As an active adult, she was the only woman in the county to complete the March of Dimes 10-mile Walk-a -Thon, she walked 5+ miles every day for over a decade, well into her retirement years, in any and all weather; known in town as ‘the walking lady.'
As a teenager during WWII Queenie loved to sing and was fascinated by the church organ. Accompanied by her younger sister, Brenda, Queenie kicked up her heels to Big Band music at the local dance hall. Brenda was always Queenie’s advocate and closest supporter. A song was always in her heart and not far from her lips, later filling her home with the warmth of her voice, to the joy of her children.
At the age of 21 Queenie boarded a ship for the US, following her sister, Maisie, who had married a Texan.
She lived with Maisie and her family in Texas, then moved to Klamath Falls OR, where she fell in love at first sight on a blind date, with Bill Masters. They were married and his job for Southern Pacific Railroad took them to Alturas, CA where they met life-long friends, Gloria & Floyd Johnson.
Eventually, the Masters moved to Dunsmuir, CA – the small town where Bill was born. It was here that Queenie and Bill raised their family of five and resided for nearly 60 years. Queenie and Bill came to know their life-long friends Josephine and “Ike” Jordan, who, like themselves, knew the joys and challenges of raising a large family.
Also, Mary Acosta, was a particularly close friend for over 60 years.
Bill passed away in 2006. Queenie retained her independence, relying heavily upon the daily visits and Jeopardy sessions with her daughter, Corrine. In 2011 she came to live with daughter, Yvonne and son-in-law, Jim Pierce, in Chico, CA. She enjoyed their lively household with grandkids, dogs and her great granddaughter constantly in and out.
Queenie loved to watch all sports, especially golf, tennis and the Giants on TV, leaving her daughter, Yvonne, addicted to all the above.
Queenie left this world on October 7, 2013 surrounded by her children and loved ones. Thank you, Mom, for all the love you gave - and taught us to give. You will be with us forever. Xoxo
Her children, sons-in-law, grandchildren, and great grandchild remain, resonating with her love and missing her deeply.
Vivian Masters Churchill: A. Leah Churchill, Ava L. Churchill
Yvonne Masters Pierce and James Eugene Pierce: Dylan J. Pierce, Sarah C. Pierce
& Claire Y. Weber- Pierce, Sean L. Pierce
Corrine L. Masters: Cassidy M. Lee, Adrian M. Lee
Keith E. Masters: Elizabeth N. Masters, Samantha D. Masters
Lorraine Masters Fisher-Smith and Jeremy Fisher-Smith: Ruby M.
Fisher-Smith, Olivia M. Fisher-Smith
At Queenie’s request, a private family gathering will be held in the near future.