, Muskogee, OK


October 2, 2013

Theda Gay (Snow) Massey


Theda Gay (Snow) Massey went to her eternal savior on Sunday September 29th at the Fort Gibson Nursing Home in Oklahoma. She was born on January 28th 1930 in Walnut Ridge Arkansas to Harry and  Sylvania Snow who have preceded her in death. She was married to Billy Massey for 64 years and he continues to reside at the nursing home in Fort Gibson. They had three sons together. Theda and Bill  began their lives together in 1949 in Walnut Ridge and moved to Moline, Illinois shortly after to find a new life away from their humble farming beginnings. A child of the depression, Theda knew the value  of hard work and education sometimes having to hitchhike in order to get herself to school. She got her education and more. She wanted a better life for herself and her children and made sacrifices along the  way to get there. Theda  lived a life of culture and travel seeing the world and making new friends where ever she went. Whether it was bridge club, Bible study or Golf she made friends easily treating  everyone with dignity and value. Those qualities helped her achieve responsible positions both professionally and for civic organizations. She was a Florida Regent with the Daughters of the American  Revolution having completed the extensive research required to gain acceptance. This research lead her to write a book titled “The Bellah Family." Theda worked her entire career at Modern Woodman Life Insurance in Rock Island, Illinois and was Administrative Assistant to the Corporate Investment Manager at the time of her retirement in 1987. She did live the life she dreamed of as a child and was very generous to everyone along the way. She will be greatly missed by all those who were knew her.

Theda was preceded in death by her parents Harry and Sylvania Snow;  son,  Roger Massey; grandson Eric Massey; and brothers, Gene and Howard Snow.

She is survived by sons,  Mike and his wife Evalyn Massey of Muskogee Oklahoma and David and his wife Emily of Excelsior Springs MO; sisters,  Joyce Anderson and Linda Brooks of St. Louis and Sharon Barnett of Lenexa , Kansas; grandchildren,  Erin and Ron Peterson, Randa and Mike Johnson, Lance and Wendy Dixon, Josh and Sherry Massey, Melanie and Jason Scott, Jennifer and David Rogers, Julie Linden; great grandchildren, Ryan Johnson, Abby Johnson, Kennedy Dixon, Logan Dixon, Olivia Scott,  Amaira Peterson and Jaden Peterson

Serving as pallbearers are Roger Leese, John Snow, Justin Carter, Ronald Massey, Josh Massey, and  Lance Dixon.

Visitation will be Friday, October 4th from 6:00 to 8:00 at Cox Funeral in Pocahontas Ark.

A funeral service will be at 10:00 am Saturday October 5th at Cox Funeral in Pocahontas ArkInternment at Snow Family Cemetery Walnut Ridge, Ark

Local arrangements have been entrusted to Bradley Family Funeral Service. Friends may send condolences to the family at


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