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Janet Kay Massie

Tyler, Texas

Feb 22, 1945 – May 26, 2021 (Age 76)


February 22, 1945
May 26, 2021
Tyler, Texas


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Burks-Walker-Tippit Funeral Directors - Tyler Obituary

Janet Kay DeLawder Massie, 76, of Winona, Texas, made her journey home on Wednesday, May 26th, 2021. She was surrounded by her husband and family as she left her tired earthly body and moved on to her glorious new life.

Janet was born February 22, 1945 in Ironton, Ohio to her mother, Sara Captolia Nance and step-father Beldwin F. Wise. Although her life was not easy, she persevered and met a young man named Billy. Both of their lives were forever changed. 

Janet married William E. Massie on October 6, 1964, recently celebrating their 56th Anniversary. They lived in Ironton and started a family. Then in 1972, they moved from Ohio to Charleston, WV, giving birth to the final one of four daughters. In 1981, Janet and William moved to Texas with their four daughters. She got her certification from Tyler Junior College to become a Certified Nurses Aide and spent many years in that service at both local hospitals in Tyler.

Janet and William shared an extraordinary love with each other. As he underwent several medical issues, she remained by his side fervently. Then as she fell ill, she was blessed with him always at her side. She was always aware of his voice and responded when hearing their favorite song “Blueberry Hill” by Fats Domino, which William sang to her often.  She possessed a wonderful caring heart and will be missed deeply by her husband and all four of her daughters and families.

She will always be remembered for her love of crafting. She would carry her crafting bag everywhere she went and always have something to craft. She especially loved to hand sew dolls and give them to random strangers.

Janet was preceded in death by Sara C. Nance (mother), Custer M. Delawder (father), Beldwin F. Wise II (step-father), Stella Massie (mother-in-law), Lowell Massie (father-in-law), Custer M. DeLawder Jr. (brother), Larry  DeLawder (brother), Donna DeLawder (sister), Beldwin (Buddy) F. Wise III (brother), Joyce Igo (sister), and Eileen Jordan (sister).

Janet is survived by her husband William Massie, her daughters, Toni Wood (Mark Wood, son-in-law), Penny Davis, Christi Massie, and Kathy Massie (Mickey Thompson, son-in-law), grandchildren: Brian Owens (Jessica Owens), Andrew Davis (Becky Davis), Billy Owens (Sarah Martin), Ashley Davis (Jeff Pendleton), Nathan Wood, Jacob Thompson, and Michaela Thompson, and great-grandchildren: Barrett Owens, Alyssa Davis, Blayne Owens, Dakota Pendleton, Alex Davis, Audrey Davis, and coming soon Kaitlyn Pendleton.

Visitation is scheduled Tuesday, June 1, 2021, from 5-7 P.M. at Burks, Walker, Tippit Funeral Home in Tyler, Texas.

Graveside service will be held Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at 10 A.M. at Harris Creek Cemetery in Winona under the direction of Jackson's Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Home with Bro. Gary W. Schacher officiating.

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Mom, I will always love you! See you when I get there. ❤

Jan, you were a great wife and mother .The way your eyes open and shinned as you were passing theres no doubt where you are at. Like I told you at that moment keep youe eyes open for me as some day Ill join you .
Your LoveingHusband