Sept 23, 1932 - Nov 14, 2013 OKLAHOMA CITY Helen Annabelle Midgley Massey, of Oklahoma City, died on Thursday, November 14. Ann was 81 and will always be remembered for her witty humor and upbeat outlook on life. Even during the last stages of Alzheimer's - Ann found ways to be gracious and lighthearted. She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Billy Ray Massey; as well as her parents, Will & Eva Midgley, of Wister, Oklahoma. Ann was the ninth of 10 children, and she was preceded in death by six of her brothers and sisters: Vina Wigginton, Dee Midgley, Charlie Midgley, William Midgley, Marvin Midgley, and Opal Morgan. Ann is survived by her by two sisters, Loretta Bullard and Margaret Donaho; and one brother, Ben Midgley. Ann is also survived by her three sons, Maurice Ray, Gary Paul, and Dale William; along with her daughters-in-law, Margaret and Karen Massey. Ann (Meme) is survived by six grandchildren, Billy Ray, Corey Lee, Stephen Michael and his wife Jessica, David Andrew, Sarah Ann, and Scott Alan; plus one great-grandchild, Corey Dupree. Ann's extended family includes many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and family members who were always welcome in Ann's home. Ann and Bill raised their family in Blanchard, Oklahoma, where they were decisively proud of their athletic sons and continued to brag about them long after they graduated. Ann had a kind spirit and advocated for others. Ann retired from Lucent Technologies, where she was especially appreciated for helping her co-workers and inspiring laughter in the break room. Ann's advocacy went outside her personal life. She carried a petition to get safety crossing installed and could be counted on as a volunteer. Ann lived life to the fullest - having many hobbies and skills. Her hand-stitched quilts were absolutely flawless. She was genuinely interested in the world around her and made a special effort to understand the views of others. She was an avid reader and kept up with trends and current affairs. She loved a variety of musical styles, from Floyd Cramer's "Last Dance" to Elvis Presley and Kenny Rogers. Viewing will be open at Advantage Funeral Home (7720 S. Penn) on Tuesday, November 19 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Services will also be at the Advantage Funeral Home Wednesday, November 20 at 10 a.m., with interment to follow at the Resthaven Cemetery. Throughout her life, Ann donated to numerous organizations. Donating to a charitable organization would be a fitting way to honor Ann's life and would certainly be appreciated, in lieu of flowers. The family is especially grateful for the loving care Ann received from Crossroads Hospice.
Published in The Oklahoman on Nov. 19, 2013