Paula “Lynne” East Masters passed away peacefully on January 3rd, 2019 after a long battle with Dementia and Alzheimer’s. Born on November 30, 1937 in Tulsa, Oklahoma to Paul East of Altoona, Kansas And Winifred “Pal” Coyle of Crowell, Texas. Lynne’s parents both predeceased her, as well as her brother Kenneth “Kip” East.
Growing up in Oklahoma, Lynne could often be found tossing her baton, playing with her dog Toni, and riding bareback with a friend. Leaving the open plains of Oklahoma after HS, Lynne set out to attend college “anywhere else” and after spending time with her mom settled on a College in Virginia.
Lynne Attended James Madison University and would often comment that although she didn’t graduate she always said she left JMU with the best “MRS degree” she could imagine when she met and then married the love of her life, Henry “Hank” Masters Jr., who predeceased her 9 years ago after 52 years of marital bliss. Five years after becoming Mrs. Masters she welcomed their son, who also predeceased her, T. Scott Masters into the world. Moving to Long Island and almost eight years later Lynne and her husband Hank anxiously welcomed their daughter Victoria “Vicky” Lynne (Masters) Hannigan as the missing piece to their family. Lynne and her husband later retired to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She and her daughter relocated to Abingdon, VA after the death of her husband. Lynne is survived by her daughter Vicky, her grandchildren by Vicky- Megan Mitchell, husband Roman, Christopher Hannigan, her grandchildren by Scott- Jessica Masters, Danielle Fulwood and Michael Masters, a great grandson Jeremey Fullwood, as well as two nephews Brian East- wife Judy, and Ken East- wife Deb, both of which are sons of Lynne’s deceased brother Kenneth East. Lynne also leaves behind numerous cherished friends from her childhood and throughout her life.
Lynne was known to be strict and stubborn, but was her family’s biggest cheerleader. She will be well remembered for being active in the church community and giving of her time and talents. She was a lover of all animals, could cook a mean pot of chili and never allowed her kids (or her kids friends and grand kids) to get away with anything. She was known for expressing herself through the use of an idiom to get a point across such as “Get your ducks in a row”, “it’s colder than a well diggers ass” and “it’s hotter than the hinges of hell”.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations in memory of Lynne be sent to Best Friends Animal Society located in Kanab, Utah; a place and charity that was near and dear to her heart. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, February 3, 2019, at Frost Funeral Home in Abingdon, Va.