Virda Aliene McCoy “Ma”, age 88, daughter of Clifford and Bessie (Firestine) Massey was born at Big Piney, MO on December 9, 1925. She passed away December 20, 2013 at Mercy Hospital, Springfield, MO.
Visitation will be Monday December 23, 2013 from 9:00 to 11:00 A.M. at Evans Funeral Home with services beginning at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Brian Holycross officiating. Pall bearers are; Jim McCoy, Sean Ryno, Dustyn Fisher, Benjamin Blank, Jacob Blank and Jack Stricklin. Honorary pallbearers are; Justin Scholz and Austin Chambers. Burial will be in Union Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Union Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to www.evansfh.com.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Elmer E McCoy “Pap”, a son, Jimmy David McCoy, sisters; Fern Quick and Hazel Hall, Rhetta Hayhurst, four brothers; Bud, James, Cecil and Dale Massey.
Aliene grew up in the Big Piney area and also attended school there. Her mother died at any early age and left her to raise her seven siblings, ranging in ages 6 weeks to 12 years.
She married Elmer McCoy “Pap” on December 5, 1944 and to this union four sons and one daughter was born.
“Ma”, “Granny”, “Little Granny” or “Big Granny” as she was so lovingly called is survived by three sons, Garold and wife Kristy of Houston, MO, Roger and wife Peggy of Houston, MO and Rolla “Dickie” and wife Margaret of Crocker, MO, a daughter, Sharon (Sis) of Houston, MO, seven grandkids, fifteen great-grandkids and two great great-grandkids, brothers Melvin Massey of Roby, MO, Troy Massey of Houston, MO and Terry Massey of Texas, and sisters, Sharon Southworth of Springfield, MO, Ruth Hale of Licking, MO and Caroline Hurley of Houston, MO.
Granny was a factory worker and retired at the age of 62. She took pride in homemaking and family time. She loved camping, gardening, quilting, knitting, sewing, cooking and fishing. Granny was an avid musician and singer and could play any instrument she picked up. She enjoyed playing cards and aggravation, but she played to win…Her house was always open to anyone, whether family or a stranger.
She had a strong faith and attended church regularly. Granny affected and touched many lives during her life. She will be greatly missed. To know Granny was to love Granny!