Jimmie G Mast of Monmouth Junction, NJ passed away at home with her children at her side on Tuesday April 13, 2021. She was 85 years old.
A matriarch of the family, beloved educator and pillar of her church community, she will be missed far and wide.
Born in Boone, NC, Jimmie graduated from Watauga High School and, like her three sisters, from Appalachian State Teachers College. After a brief stint teaching in Kingsport, TN Jimmie became a kindergarten teacher at John Adams Elementary School in North Brunswick, NJ where she introduced thousands of students to the joy of learning over more than 25 years.
The United Methodist Church of New Brunswick was her spiritual home. She was specifically involved with the United Methodist Women and the church’s community outreach committee, but her presence was felt throughout the church. Her love of crafting led her to create country flags representing the diverse church congregation, as well as worship banners hung throughout the sanctuary.
Jimmie was a quilter and so many friends and family (and babies) were fortunate to be gifted with a quilt or quilted wall hanging or hand sewn baby book from her.
Most importantly, she was generous with her time, thoughtful of others and sharing of her love. Family and friends alike will miss her homemade Valentine’s and Halloween cards, the neighborhood kids will miss the outdoor games and crafts she organized, family will miss Country Fried Steak, and we will all miss her “short cuts” that turned 20-minute trips into 2 hour journeys. While she may have physically left our lives, her love and joy and kindness and fun remain.
Predeceased by her husband Joseph E Mast, her son Joseph E Mast II, parents Grady Graham and Bina (Moody) Graham, and her three sisters Jennie Bumgarner, Melba Tugman and Joan Tolbert. She is survived by her son Mitchell Graham Mast, her daughter and son-in-law Susanne Mast Murray and David J. Murray, her grandchildren Cara Mast Murray and Sean Savino Murray, and many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of her life will take place on Saturday April 24th from 9 AM to noon at M.J. Murphy Funeral Home, 616 Ridge Road, Monmouth Junction, NJ.
There will be a virtual funeral on Saturday May 1. Information on how to participate will be provided to any who inquire.
A celebration of her life will also take place on Saturday May 22 from 10AM till noon at Hampton Funeral Home, Blowing Rock Road, Boone NC.
For those interested in making donations in her name, she was very concerned about food insecurity, particularly of children, and was herself very giving to local food pantries (South Brunswick Township Food Pantry) and soup kitchens (elijahspromise.org). Food insecurity exists worldwide, so donations would surely be welcome at the local, national or international level.