Florence Massie, of Dayton, Ohio, formerly of Dover, Ohio, passed away on January 8, 2016. Florence was born September 12, 1914 in Oak Hill, Ohio to the late Luther O. and Rachel (Edwards) Jones.
She is survived by two daughters, Jeanne (Bob) Evans of Centerville, Ohio and Linda (Gary) Burbage of Vandalia, Ohio; grandson, Brad (Amy) Burbage of Indianapolis, Indiana; two great-granddaughters, Caroline and Allison Burbage; step-grandson, Nate Evans of Boston; four nephews: Dan Jones of Centerpoint, Ohio, Fielding (Marti) Massie and Irwin (Peg) Massie of Jackson, Ohio, and Rick Massie of New York; three nieces, Bette Jones of Utica, Karen (Massie) Purvis of Chicago, Illinois, and Ann (Massie) Arroyan of California; two great-nieces, Holly (Chris) Petro and Susan Foster; and two great-nephews, Jeffrey (Shelley) Pope and Daniel (Chrystal) Foster.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Irwin Massie in 1971; a brother, Orville Jones; a sister and brother, Evan Edward and Sarah Elizabeth in infancy; and a niece, Carole Pope.
After graduation from the University of Rio Grande, Florence taught school at Centerville (Thurman) for five years and finished her career with 16 years at Tuscarawas Ave. in New Philadelphia. She married Irwin Massie (formerly from Oak Hill, Ohio) on August 1, 1939 and made Dover, Ohio her home for the next 64 years.
In 2003 she moved to Dayton, Ohio. She enjoyed traveling throughout the United States, Mexico, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, England, and Scotland and made a memorable trip to Wales to visit the home place of her great-grandparents.
Florence enjoyed watching basketball, especially Ohio State. She was also a fan of the Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. She loved gardening and always had such beautiful flowers around her house. She was a loving and caring person and was always concerned about others. Florence remained a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ even after she moved to Dayton.
Special thanks to all the staff at Hearth and Home in Vandalia for all their love, kindness and attention. Also a special thanks to Heartland Hospice Care, they came and attended to all of her needs in such a loving way.
A visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 from 1 to 1:30 p.m. at Lewis & Gillum Funeral Home, Jackson. Funeral service will immediately follow at 1:30 p.m. under the direction of Rev. Janie Karl. Burial will follow at Centerpoint Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to: Centerpoint Cemetery, Memorial Donations/Cemetery Upkeep, 1167 Buckeye Hills Road, Thurman, OH 45685 or Heartland Hospice Care, Memorial Donations, 580 Lincoln Park Boulevard, Kettering, OH 45429. Online condolences may be sent to www.lewisgillumfuneralhomes.com