Emily was one of my two dear younger sisters.
She was murdered by an intruder April of 2002.
I loved her very much and will continue to miss her for the rest of my life.


Here is an East Georgia College link to the
Emily Pestana-Mason Memorial Poetry Contest

Here is a link to the
2001 East Georgia College web page I made for her.
It lists her many life accomplishements:

Emily Pestana-Mason's Home Page

Her 2002 obituary is below.

Dr. Emily Pestana-Mason, 38

SWAINSBORO- Funeral for Dr. Emily Ruth Pestana-Mason, 38, was held Thursday, May 2, 2002, at 4 p.m. from First United Methodist Church in Swainsboro. The Rev. Sonia Sullivan and the Rev. Bennie Brinson officiated.

She died Monday, April 29, at her home.

Dr. Pestana-Mason was born in Altadena, Calif., and grew up in Tampa, Fla. She earned her B.A. in English from the University of South Florida in 1986. In 1989, she was awarded the M.A. in English from the University of Southern Mississippi and awarded her Ph.D. in English in 1993. She taught English at University of Mississippi, Pensacola Junior College and University of Alabama-Birmingham.

In 1996, Dr. Pestana-Mason joined the East Georgia College faculty as assistant professor of English. She was named acting chair of the Humanities Division at East Georgia College during the academic year 2000.

Dr. Pestana-Mason was an accomplished poet. Her poetry appears in numerous publications. She received the Marjorie Lees Lynn Award for Poetry and the Joan Johnson Prize for Poetry. One of Dr. Pestana-Mason's former professors wrote, "Brilliant poet, wonderful intuitive intelligence, hard working and inspired teacher--that's Emily Pestana."

She was a member of Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd and of Swainsboro Lions Club.

Survivors include her husband, Dr. Walter C. Mason Jr. of Swainsboro; two daughters, Naomi Mason and Becky Mason, both of Swainsboro; her mother, Bobette Pestana of Tampa, Fla.; two sisters, Naomi Pestana of Ocean Springs, Miss. and Joanne Brabham of Tampa, Fla.; and one brother, Daniel Pestana of Tampa, Fla.

Pallbearers were Alan Brasher, John Derden, Reid Derr, Jerry Ashcroft, Ed Bolton and Neil Kalmanson.

Honorary pallbearers were faculty and staff of East Georgia College and members of Swainsboro Lions Club.

Peebles-Curry-Durden Mortuary had charge of arrangements.

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