Mary Jo (Wolters) Massey (1952 - 2014)

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Mary Jo (Wolters) Massey, age 61, passed away Tuesday, January 28, 2014 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Mary was born in Belleville, Illinois on July 16, 1952, to Edward and Jeanne (Peltes) Wolters. Mary was brought up in Albers, Illinois and graduated from Mater Dei High School in 1970. She was married to Raymond F. Massey, Jr. on June 13, 1975 and thus began a life-long journey that took her from Illinois to Ohio, California, Hawaii, Virginia, and finally to Alaska. Over those thirty-nine years she raised two happy sons, earned an Associates Degree in Business Administration from the University of Alaska, had varied and successful careers, and created a warm and loving home for her family no matter where they were. Mary loved to travel and see as much of the world that she could take in. She also enjoyed a good game of Bunco, fine food, funny stories, the splendor of a sunset, and being able to spend time with her friends and family. Mary was a warm and funny friend, a caring sister, faithful daughter, loving mother and a devoted wife who shall be dearly missed.

Mary is preceded in death by her brother, James Wolters; her father, Edward Henry Wolters, Sr.; and her beloved husband, Raymond F. Massey, Jr. She is survived by her mother, Jeanne Claire Wolters of Aviston, Illinois; her three sisters, Shirley Hoerchler of Centralia, Illinois, Diane Loehring of Belleville, Illinois, and Tammy Enfeld of Navarre, Florida; her brother, Edward Wolters, Jr. of Albers, Illinois; her sons, Braddock Massey and wife Sarah of West Des Moines, Iowa and Christopher Massey of Charleston, South Carolina.

In lieu of flowers or other tributes, the family requests that you make a donation to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Mary's name.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, February 21, 2014 at the chapel of the Lowell-Tims Funeral Home in Altus, Oklahoma, with Father Sundar Pudota, officiating. Inurnment will follow at Granite Rock Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Lowell-Tims Funeral Home of Altus.

Online tributes may be made to the family at
Published in The Juneau Empire on Feb. 19, 2014
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