Marcelle Marie “Marcie” Melton Masterson passed away at her home on August 15, 2021, at the age of 75. She was very active in her beloved community of Bertram, and faithfully helped chronicle the goings on in Bertram and Oatmeal, first in her weekly column “Out and About in Bertram,” in the Bertram Enterprise and later in the Burnet Bulletin. She reported on and photographed community events and promoted first responders in the Hometown Heroes section for the Burnet Bulletin. She loved working with Pastor Gordon Bergstrom as the secretary at Bertram First Baptist Church, where her husband Kirk was a member, for the past 16 years. She served as a former president of the Bertram Chamber of Commerce, volunteered for the Food Pantry, Library and Thrift Shop, served as director of the Oatmeal Festival, helped run the Bertram Ministry Alliance, and was a member of the Prairie Garden Club. She helped organize countless local events and mostly worked behind the scenes for many of these organizations.
She is survived by her children, Christopher Kirkham Masterson (Eleanor) of Los Angeles,
California, Nicholas Kirkham Masterson of Bertram, Texas, Debbie Tassano (Jim) of Camarillo, California and Ronald William Friend (Sher) of Tulsa, Oklahoma. She is also survived her sister, Carolyn Melton Marsh (Michael) of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and numerous nieces, nephews and grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Kirkham Masterson; parents Homer D. Melton and Marie Marcelle Nicolle Melton; brother H. D. Melton III, and stepson, Darryl Masterson.
Marcie was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, graduated from Ardmore, Oklahoma High School and the University of Oklahoma, where she was a member of the Pride of Oklahoma Marching Band and also a member of Alpha Phi sorority. She was a flight attendant for Braniff Airlines in the 1970s and met and married her husband Kirk in Lafayette, Louisiana. They eventually made their home in Houston but fell in love with the Texas Hill Country, and found their ideal property and relocated in 2005.
She was a gifted artist and potter who mentored many young creatives. She was very opinionated and enjoyed being open to spirited and real dialogue on almost any topic. She made some of the best gumbo and salsa around and enjoyed bird watching, her animals, gardening, reading and spending time with family. She took great pride in her children, fiercely supporting all of their endeavors. Marcie was like a second mother to some and had a wonderful sense of humor that brought a lot of joy to her many friends and family. She had a true calling to nurture her community and everyone around her.
Services are scheduled for Saturday, September 18 at 2:00 p.m. at Bertram First Baptist Church. For the health and safety of all in attendance, masks will be required for the service. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to the Bertram Food Pantry or Friends of the Library and send care of Bertram First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1602, Bertram TX 78605, or the charity of your choice. You can also make a donation via Paypal to the Bertram Library Thrift Store here: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/Bertramthriftstore
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