Joyce S. Massey
Oct. 11, 1921 – July 20, 2014
Surrounded by her family Joyce S. Massey of Basin died Sunday July 20, 2014 at Westward Heights Nursing Home in Lander. Funeral services will be Wednesday, July 23 at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Basin. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Atwood Funeral Home in Basin.
Joyce was born Oct. 11, 1921 to Ingvald B. Samsal and Emma Knoblauch in Benson, Minn. Joyce attended kindergarten and first grade in Benson. The family moved to Sheboygan Falls, Wis., in 1927 where she attended grade school and high school. She graduated with honors in 1939. Joyce attended Sheboygan County Teachers College, graduating with honors in 1941. She taught school for three years in Plymouth, Wis.
On July 21, 1944, she married Donald G. Massey in Red Lodge, Mont., and made their home in Basin, Wyo.
Three children were born to Joyce and Don: Tommy, Curtis and Phyllis.
Joyce worked for her husband in his insurance office for 20 years and then as broker for Massey Realty for seven years. Both Joyce and Don retired in 1982. She loved her family and grandchildren, travelling, golf and playing bridge. One thing she was most proud of was being the first one in her family to get a hole-in-one.
She belonged to a number of organizations including: Basin Women’s Club, Midway Golf Board of Directors, Eastern Star, and Daughters of the Nile.
Survivors are her sons Tommy (Imogene) Massey Sr. of Lander, Curtis Massey of Basin, and daughter Phyllis (Jim) Penzien of Riverton; grandchildren Tammy Laughinghouse of Mooresville, N.C., Jackie Massey of Gastonia, N.C., Tommy Massey Jr. of Lander, Erika Crippen, Janelle Mendes and Teri Penzien, all of Riverton, and Casey Massey of Basin; 14 great grandchildren, and 14 great-great grandchildren. Her sisters Viola Brewer of Sheboygan Falls, Wis., June Martin of Sheboygan, Wis., and Jean Toepel of Kohler, Wis., also survive her.
Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, husband, grandsons Thad Massey and Tate Penzien and brothers Virgil, John, and Wesley Samsal.
Donations in Joyce’s memory can be made to Frontier Home Health and Hospice in Riverton, Homestead Assisted Living in Riverton, or Greybull Senior Citizens.