Doreen Cypher Mason

Birth: October 3rd, 1933
Death: November 10th, 2011
Age: 78 years

Doreen was born on the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony on October 3, 1933 and passed away on the Colony, November 10, 2011 in her home.  She was the second born in a family of ten siblings.  She attended day school on the Colony and one year at theStewardIndianSchoolinCarson City.  A Paiute enrolled member of the Colony, Doreen was proud of her native ancestry and was active in cultural and community activities throughout her life.  She loved to tell stories of the early years of living on the Colony and theRenoarea.  She had many friends not only on the Colony and at work, but enjoyed her friendships and relatives atPyramidLake, Schurz, and Fallon; always happy to see friends and relatives at any native gathering.  She held her family, relatives and friends very close to her heart.


Doreen was the mother of four, and Auntie to many.  She worked almost every day of her life to support her family; most often times seen walking to and from work, which she enjoyed.  She later retired to care for her two grandsons and maintain her home for her family.  She is greatly loved and will be direly missed for her comforting presence and her strength of character.  She was small in stature but she was big of heart and faith, respecting her native teachings as well as attending the Colony Christian Fellowship in later years.  She has gone on to be with loved ones whom she had deep faith were waiting to receive her…and they were.


Doreen is survived by daughters Carol Cypher Pinto and Daras Mason, grandchildren Darren Mason, Loren Yazzie, Marisa Pinto, Michael Ondelacy, and Alexis Rodriquez as well as 5 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews; and, cousin-sister Charlotte Baccoch of Big Pine, CA. Doreen’s beloved daughter Julia Mason and son Charles Williams preceded her to the next life as did her parents Myrtle (Wheeler) and Cleveland Cypher, Sr., sisters Marilyn Kane, Myra McDade, Phyllis Andrews, and Shirley Wallace; brothers Cleveland Cypher, Jr., Gary Cypher, Curtis Cypher, Sr., Eugene Cypher (infant), and Baby Brother Cypher.  Going on before her were also cousin-sisters Elaine Bill, LaVerne Cypher, Karen Cypher Barney and cousin-brother Robert Baker, Sr. 


Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 15th at the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony gym, 34 Reservation Road with burial following at the Hungry Valley Cemetery.  Traditional dinner will follow at the Reno gym.  Visitation will be on Monday, November 14th at O’Brian-Rogers and Crosby Funeral Home, 600 West 2nd Street from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.


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