Mireille Andree (Mimi) Masson , a 36-year resident of the South Bay, passed away on Friday, December 2, 2005 in Palos Verdes. Born in Chateauroux, France, Mireille was 59 when she died. She was a member of St. Lawrence Martyr in Redondo Beach and participated in their RCIA program and was active with many other church activities. When her daughter had graduated, she returned to college and completed her BS and MA in linguistic anthropology at Long Beach State University and graduated with honors. Her love of language then took her to Korea where she taught English as a foreign language for a year and was much beloved by her students. On her return to the United States she continued to travel to Asia, visiting China, Japan and Viet Nam. Her love of travel also took her across the United States and to such disparate places as Navajo country and New England in the fall. She studied Spanish in Mexico, where she lived with a family in order to immerse herself in the language and culture. She continued to teach French to both children and adults, as well as English to foreign students- always emphasizing the importance of cultural difference. This combined her love of language with her fondness for teaching. She was able to learn several languages and speak without a hint of an accent. Left to mourn her passing is her daughter Natalie Brumby, her son-in-law Chris Brumby, and her two grandchildren Jacob and Amanda, her parents Albert and Micheline Masson, brothers Francis and Thierry Masson, and sisters Corine Kazmitcheff and Laurette Deprick. Her friends both in the South Bay and around the world will miss her. A celebration of Mireille's life will be held at St. Lawrence Martyr Catholic Church in Redondo Beach on Friday, December 9th at 10:30 a.m. She will be buried in the family cemetery in Chateauroux, France. Directions to the service can be found on the website: www.stlm.org or by calling (310) 540-0329.

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  1. I was so sorry to hear that Mimi passed away and so surprised since I did not know she was ill. I helped her with the interior design of her home and really enjoyed working with her. We had so much fun together selecting beautiful things for a home she really loved. She was a wonderful person and will be missed. Claudia

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