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Ann Massey of Petrolia


Ann Massie, 84, of Petrolia, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, in Wichita Falls.

Ann Massey

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 7 at the First Baptist Church of Petrolia, with Rev. Aaron Lindsey, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the Petrolia Cemetery under the direction of Davis Funeral Home of Henrietta.

Mrs. Massie was born on March 19, 1928 in Petrolia to Jimmie M. and Lora May (Denney) Gibson. She attended school in Petrolia and graduated from Petrolia High School. She married Douglas Darrell Massie on Aug. 9, 1946 in the home of her parents in Petrolia. She has been a member of the First Baptist Church of Petrolia, Texas since 1938, serving as Sunday school teacher, Vacation Bible School teacher and sponsor of the Girls Auxiliary.

From 1945-48, she was a bookkeeper at City National Bank in Wichita Falls. She was a payroll clerk and accountant for American Petrofina Oil Company in Wichita Falls from 1948-53. In 1954 she worked for a mortgage investment corporation in San Antonio. She began working for the Petrolia Independent School District as an executive secretary and accountant in 1960. She continued in this position until 1974 when she retired to assist her husband in their cattle and oil operations. She was a member of the Clay County Tax Authority for three years, chairing the board one year. Mrs. Massie was a member of the Pioneer Queen Committee from 1984-1989; served several years on the Pioneer Reunion welcome and registration committee and was a member of the musical production “Rawhide and Ruffles”. She was a member of the Clay County Cowbells and in 1977 chaired the committee of this organization that placed second at the statewide beef cook off at the Cattlemen’s Convention in Fort Worth. Mrs. Massie was a member of the Clay County Historical Society and the Order of Eastern Star, receiving her 50-year membership pin in 2002. In this organization she has held all the offices, including that of Worthy Matron. Mrs. Massie represented the community of Petrolia as Pioneer Queen for the 72nd annual Clay County Pioneer Reunion and Rodeo.

Survivors include her husband, Darrell Massie of Petrolia; one son, Darrell “Darrie” Massie and wife Tanya of Petrolia; three sisters, Jeanette Caddell of Dallas, Varue Starnes and husband Billy of Lakeside City, and LaMarylis Fore and husband Sonny of Gainesville; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The family will be at Davis Funeral Home on Tuesday, Nov. 6, from 7-8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Wichita Falls, P.O. Box 4804, Wichita Falls, Texas 76308; or the Petrolia Senior Citizens Center, P.O. Box 234, Petrolia, Texas 76377.


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