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Mona Massey


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Mona Massey Obituary
July 22, 1928 - June 23, 2016 Mona (Pam) Massey passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at West Hills Hospital in West Hills, CA following complications from open heart surgery on May 9. She was surrounded in the love of her family. Pam was 87 years of age. Pam was born Mona Mary Lyght on July 22, 1928 in Madison, WI. She was the only child to Dr. Charles E. and Mona Lyght, naturalized citizens from Ontario, Canada. When Pam was seven years old, her family moved to Northfield, MN where her father became head of Health Services at the University of Wisconsin. Pam fondly remembered Carlton College, the Arboretum, skating at the ice rink and tunneling through the deep snow drifts in the winter. In 1942 her family moved to New York City. Pam attended high school in Manhasset, LI. She was active in the Drama Department, appearing in several high school plays and serving as President of the Drama Society. She was a member of the National Honor Society and acted in short films which her father prepared for the National Tuberculosis Foundation. In the fall of 1946, Pam attended Emerson College in Boston, MA. A member of Zeta Phi Eta Sorority, she took an active role in college radio programs. In the spring of 1947 Pam met her future husband, Perry Massey, having agreed to going on a blind date. That summer, Pam attended Wellesley College in MA and worked in stock theatre. Perry proposed marriage on December 10, 1948. They graduated from Emerson College together in June, 1950. Pam moved to New York City and worked as a secretary while Perry worked as a film apprentice at NBC. They were married on November 18, 1950 at the home of Pam's parents in Boundbrook, NJ. On February 7, 1953, Pam gave birth to the son Craig, at Presbyterian Hospital in NYC. In 1957 the family moved to Old Tappan, NJ. They welcomed their second child, Bruce on October 21, 1957. Pam appeared in live television commercials with Hugh Downs on the Jack Paar Tonight show. She traveled to England and California with the show. She turned down the opportunity to become the national TV spokesperson for a major company in order to devote all of her time to her family. On February 23, 1962, Pam and Perry welcomed their third child, Barbara, who was almost lost due to unknown causes. In 1981, Pam, Perry and daughter Barbara, moved to Calabasas, CA when Perry was promoted by NBC. Pam enjoyed singing in the church choir and held a deep compassion for people and animals. Daily, she would write thoughtful notes to friends in need, and became known for her kind and generous way of brightening the day for all those around her. Pam is survived by her husband of over 65 years, Perry E. Massey, Jr., their three children, Craig Lawrence (63), Bruce Allyn (58) and Barbara Leigh (54), daughter-in-law Lynn (Lomaglio) Massey (wife to Bruce). She is the proud grandmother to Kate Elizabeth, Kevin Charles and Patrick Evan and is favorite human to her beloved HarryKat. Her bodily presence will be missed beyond description, but her love will shine through in our hearts¿ forever. A viewing will be held at Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks in Westlake Village on Thursday, June 30 from 9:00 to ll:30 AM. The family will hold a Private Burial on Friday, July 1 with a Memorial Service to celebrate Pam's life being held on Sunday, July 3 at 2:00pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Westlake Village, CA. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations please be made in Pam's name to The (www.heart.org) and the California Wildlife Foundation (www.cawildlife.org). "Take Thou My Heart for Thine"
Published in the Los Angeles Times on June 28, 2016
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