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Obituary – Joyce D. Massey

Joyce Darlene Massey, age 83, daughter of Gene and Opal (Peters) Patterson was born November 4, 1937, in St. Louis, Mo. She went to be with the Lord on November 10, 2020, in her home located in Big Piney, Mo. On November 24, 1951, Joyce married Clifford “Bud” Massey in Salem, Ark., and made their home in Big Piney where they raised six children.

She was preceded in death by her father, Gene Patterson; mother, Opal Jenkins; stepfather, Pete Jenkins; brother, Kenneth Patterson; husband, Clifford “Bud” Massey; son, Rick Massey; and daughter, Shelby Jenkins.

Joyce is survived by her children: Peggy Ichord (Lee) of Big Piney, Linda Hawkins (David) of Big Piney, John Massey of Owensville, and Debbie Hartzog of Greenville, Ill.; a brother, Tom Patterson of Holt Summit; grandchildren: Bryan Leroy, Jackie Sumner, Erin Kliethermes, Anna Page, Jessica Ichord and Jonathan Ichord; great grandchildren: Vickie Isaak, Katrina Sumner, Brayden Bandy, Chloe Kirk, Dean Kirk, Sean Kirk, Savannah Kirk, Stella Kliethermes, Tyler Leroy and Chase Leroy; great great-grandchildren: Freyja Isaak-Mueller, and Leviathan Isaak.

Joyce enjoyed reading novels, she loved attending her church and listening to Gospel music. Most of all Joyce loved to spend time with her family; being a homemaker, an excellent cook, sharing recipes, eating, laughing, playing games, and sharing special moments with all of them. Her favorite color was blue, and she loved to sit on the front porch to watch the hummingbirds at the feeder. Joyce was a gentle soul who enjoyed being around everyone – family and neighbors alike. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her deeply.

“Life isn’t meant to be easy; it’s meant to be lived. Sometimes happy, other times rough. But every up and down you learn lessons that make you strong.” Author Unknown

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Big Piney Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at

Services were held Monday, November 16, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. at New Life Ministries with Judy Routh officiating. Burial is in Big Piney Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Bryan Leroy, Tyler Leroy, David Hawkins, Mark Veriga, John Massey and Jonathan Ichord.

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