Mom with her camera in hand
Joan DeMasters
  • 83 years old
  • Date of birth: Apr 6, 1928
  • Place of birth:
    Virginia, United States
  • Date of passing: Apr 2, 2012
  • Place of passing:
    Nelson County, Virginia, United States
Let the memory of Joan be with us forever

Joan Sheringham Wilson DeMasters

Joan Sheringham Wilson DeMasters, 83, of Roseland, passed away Monday, April 2, 2012.  She was born April 6, 1928, the daughter of the late Arthur Frewen and Lucy Jeannette Wilson.  She married Ellsworth Ray DeMasters of Roseland, December 26, 1947, in Chesterfield, SC.  She worked for the US Dept of Agriculture in Washington, DC, before devoting her life to raising three children. Joan was involved with many volunteer activities, including Meals On Wheels in Fairfax.  She was a member of Truro Episcopal Church in Fairfax for many years and had been attending Grace Episcopal Church in Massies Mill.  She was a wonderful wife, mother and a friend to all.  She never met a stranger. 

She is survived by her beloved and devoted husband of 64 years, Ellsworth Ray DeMasters, and her three children,Ellsworth Ray DeMasters, Jr. (Evelyn) of Louisville, KY; Edward William DeMasters (Darnell) of Fairfax, VA: and Sara Jane Payne of Manassas, VA.  She is also survived by six grandchildren, David DeMasters (Kristy), Laura Beckham (Chris), Matthew DeMasters (Serena), Bryce Payne II (Caitlin), Jaclyn Roudabush (Billy), Charlene Payne and four great-grandchildren, Warner, Jacob and Jacen DeMasters and Cole Roudabush.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters Jeannette Steele, Helen Gantt, and brother Arthur Wilson, Jr.

A memorial service will be held 2 p.m., Saturday, April 28, 2012 at Grace Episcopal Church in Massies Mill, VA. by  the Rev. Judy K. Parrish.

Memorial contributions may be made in Joan’s memory to the Roseland Rescue Squad, PO Box 39, Roseland, VA. 22967:

Cards may be sent to: Edward DeMasters at 10776 Crest St., Fairfax, VA 22030. 

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Karen Peters Barbalace on 2nd April 2013

"Sara, I'm so glad we were able to be together today and toast the memory of your very special mom.  I know you miss her very much.  Her kindness and sweetness lives on and she will never be forgotten."

This tribute was added by Patricia Wilhide on 2nd April 2013

"Aunt Joan it's hard to believe that you left us one year ago. Looking at all the pictures that Sara posted brings back so many great memories. I miss you everyday!  You were by far the best Aunt anyone could have! I love you always."

This tribute was added by Sherry Harman on 2nd April 2013

"It has been a year and I still miss her.  She loved our Friday night dinners, playing bridge and researching her family tree.  I never saw her without a smile."

This tribute was added by Al&Carlene Kelly on 22nd April 2012

"I am saddened to hear the news about your mom.  She always had a great smile every time I saw her.  She was a wonderful hostess and made the best potato salad ever!  I will miss her and remember her each time I prepare and enjoy her wonderful potato salad recipe she shared with me.  She is resting with our Lord now and I hope that will give you peace.  May God comfort and bless each of you"

This tribute was added by Karen Peters Barbalace on 20th April 2012

"I have such wonderful memories of Mrs. DeMasters.  She was so patient with us when we were crazy teenage girls. She was always smiling and happy. Such a kind and sweet lady will be missed by us all."

This tribute was added by Leslie Chilton on 19th April 2012

"I grew up down the street from Joan DeMasters. I remember her as a very kind woman who always made everyone feel welcome in her home. She will be missed by many. Prayers are sent to her family and friends.~"

This tribute was added by Kelly Wilson on 17th April 2012

"I grew up across the street from Mrs. DeMasters, that's what I called her.  I remember she always had a smile and was very friendly. Looks like hundreds of folks were touched by her. My sympathies."

This tribute was added by Sylvia Ray on 12th April 2012

"Ellsworth and I share Camden Roots.  Joan was such a special person & will be missed by many.  I will miss talking and laughing at Aunt Myrtle Kirby's kitchen table!  May the memories of the life you shared help ease your sorrow and the comfort of family and friends help heal your heart.  You are all in my thoughts and prayers and I hope that your memories will bring you peace and comfort."

This tribute was added by Arthur Powell on 12th April 2012

"CUSION Joans Family Please feel Free to contact the <Campbell_kids>  & OR CUZ AT, <> CUZ Joan Had A Great family Following PLEASE Lets not LOOSE IT

This tribute was added by Arthur Powell on 12th April 2012

"ONE BY ONE We come so shall we go. Cuz, Joan was Among the First of My Many Nelson County Cousins that I met In 1995 when I started My
Genealogical QUEST, We have Been Close family Since. I would Like To Now extend the Family Connection to  CUZ JOAN'S Descendants If There is Any information You-ALL can think of Be Sure to Let US Campbell_kids Know CUZ AT"

This tribute was added by Bob Jenkins on 11th April 2012

"Ellsworth is a distant cousin of mine (Embly line) I met Joan and Ellsworth through my family research and they were very kind and showed me around Embly Gap Rd. and the areas our families owned.I'm very sorry I didn't get to see them more and know them better. I know Joan shared my love of family research and she will certainly be missed .   Bob"

This tribute was added by Connie Campbell Massie on 11th April 2012

"Joan was such a happy and outgoing person - full of life and love.  I am so glad I got to see her and got a hug the week before she passed away.  My thoughts and prayers are with Ellsworth and the family during this difficult time.  May God wrap His loving arms around each of you and comfort you.  Heaven gained a beautiful angel when God called her home. . ."

This tribute was added by Verne Tuininga on 10th April 2012

"It is always with great sadness and feelings of unpreparedness when the eventuality of life occurs....Diane and I know that Joan must have been a remarkable woman because we see in Ed the kindnesses and love that Joan brought to this world. God bless all.
Verne & Diane Tuininga"

This tribute was added by Sherry Harman on 10th April 2012

"Joan was a wonderful person and friend and I will dearly miss her.  She and Ellsworth were so kind and supportive when I lost my parents in March of 2002.  She was the glue of the "Nelson Group".  She never forgot anyone's special day and her glass was always half full, never half empty.  In a nut shell, she cared about everyone."

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