Marcelle Mason was a wife, mother and a true business entrepreneur in the South Bay area. In the 1960's, and 1970's she owned and operated businesses in Redondo Beach, Torrance, Lawndale and Santa Fe Springs. The most well known were her two restaurants operated in the 1960's in Redondo Beach, California: Marcelle's Clam Shell, and Twin Gables, both located on Artesia Boulevard in Redondo Beach. People traveled from miles around to sign the guest book, talk about life in New England and enjoy Eastern Fried Clams at Marcelle's Clam Shell (one of only two restaurants in California where Eastern Fried Clams were served). She also owned a wholesale feather distribution business during the "feather flower arrangement" craze of the 1960' and 1970's.
Marcelle was born in Manchester, New Hampshire on May 23, 1917. Her parents Arthur and Corinne Wurtele were French Canadians from Quebec, Canada and Marcelle spoke both French and English fluently all her life. During World War II, she drove a bread truck for the Bond Bread Company, and when the men came home from the war and took her job away she bought her own bread truck and had a successful route.
In 1946, she married, Walter Mason, a machinist, whom she met in Connecticut. It was considered a "mixed marriage" at the time, Marcelle being French and Walter being Irish. She had two children, Gail Chubbuck and Linda Delle. In late 1954, the Mason's moved to Manhattan Beach where she lived for the rest of her life. Walter and Marcelle Mason also began investing in real estate, and she enjoyed buying, selling and remodeling properties as well as performing property management for other real estate investors.
Marcelle had a very positive, outgoing, upbeat and vivacious personality. She loved to talk and definitely had the gift of gab, which made her a natural saleslady. She was an avid reader of books and she loved playing games and gambling. She would often stay up all night playing card games like Canasta at home or the slot machines in Vegas. She also loved music and played the Hammond organ. One of her specialties was a song called "Lady of Spain" which was played at her memorial service. In the latter part of her life she became very spiritual and began attending Christian evangelical churches. She loved the Lord Jesus and encouraged many people to accept Him as their Savior. She did not keep her "light under a bushel."
In 1990, she was diagnosed with lung cancer. By the Grace of God she lived another 19 years. After the surgery at age 73, she started another business making custom made T Shirts and sweat shirts.
Marcelle lived a very full and long life to 91 years of age. She had a wonderful marriage to Walter Mason who always loved and supported her for the past 62 years. She is survived by her husband, Walter Mason; brother, Edgar Wurtele; sister Edna Landry; two daughters, Gail Chubbuck and Linda Delle; and two grandchildren, Brett Coburn and Heather Black.
A Memorial Service was held for Marcelle Mason on Saturday, February 28, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at White & Day Mortuary at 3215 Sepulveda Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, California.