On October 7, William Mason High School's oldest living graduate, Ruth Jewell (Losh) Pierson, turned 100 years old.
On October 11, about 60 friends and family helped her celebrate the important milestone at Otterbein Lebanon, where she currently lives. Her sister Jennie Lou Mann, now 95 years old, came from Texas for the event.
"Mother was so pleased. Her granddaughter, two great granddaughters and I decorated the room and it was a wonderful occasion," said her daughter, Sarah Jane, who graduated from MHS in 1960. "Mother was always a wonderful singer, and enjoyed singing in the church choir when she was younger. She's been a member of the Mason United Methodist Church for over 70 years."
Mrs. Pierson graduated from William Mason High School in 1932 - during the height of the depression. While in school she loved performing in the school's operattas at the old opera house, which is now the side of the Fifth Third Bank on Main Street. A good speller, she participated in school spelling bees and loved singing.
After graduation, she went to beauty school and became a beautician. She married Eugene Case who was killed in Germany during World War II. They had one daughter, Sarah Jane Case Cross. In 1947, she married her second husband, a 1926 graduate of Mason High Schools - Francis Pierson. He passed away in 1960.