NAN MASSEY 1944 - 2022
Nan Louise (Wallace) Massey, beloved Wife, Mother, Stepmother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, and Friend received her glistening Angel Wings and flew away gracefully to her eternal home with the Lord on Friday, February 18, 2022.
Nan was born to Louis Eugene and Ella Norene (Faubion) Wallace on August 14, 1944 in Lake Jackson, Texas. She attended Brazosport High School where she graduated with her cherished Class of 1962. She attended The University of Texas in Austin and graduated from the University of Memphis (Memphis State University) with a degree in Special Education in December 1977. She dedicated her working life to teaching children with special needs, a career to which she felt a calling.
In 1980, Nan married the love of her life, Charlie Massey, in Memphis, TN. They relocated to Austin, Texas in 1984 and enjoyed 41 years of happiness together, retiring to Sun City in Georgetown, Texas. She was a devoted and faithful wife. Nan became friends with Bill Wilson in 1986 and remained his friend for 35 years until she was called home.
Together, Charlie and Nan raised five beautiful children: Kim Little (deceased), Janet Ferrell (Tim) in Memphis, TN., David Lawrence in Beijing, China, Kay Gollihugh (Larry Griffith) in Arlington, TX, and Chris Lawrence (Amy) in Denton, TX. She was extremely proud of all her children, and one of her greatest joys in life were her grandchildren (Nik, Alex, Avery, Jonah, Zach, Matt, Thad, & Michael) and her great granddaughter (Aoife).
Nan loved dogs and the beach and loved to travel. Some of the wonderful places she visited included Mexico, Aruba, Hawaii, Honduras, Belize, Spain, and China. She was also an avid reader and had a zest for life. She truly lived life, always seeking new adventures. For her 50th birthday, Nan and Charlie took an exhilarating hot air balloon ride. On her 70th birthday, her son took her skydiving and she found it thrilling! A flower child of the 1960’s, Nan was a very intelligent, artistic, strong, opinionated, well-spoken, determined, and independent woman –traits she graciously passed along to her children. She doggedly persevered through hard times by never, ever giving up. She was braver than she believed, stronger than she seemed, smarter than she thought, and more loved than she ever knew. She was admired by all who had the honor of knowing her.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her stepdaughter, a granddaughter, and too many dogs to name - all of whom with which she is now reunited. She is survived by her loving and loyal husband of 41 years, 4 children, 7 grandchildren, and a great grandchild all of whom will miss her dearly and hold her in their hearts until they hold her in their arms again in Heaven.
Plans for a Celebration of Nan’s Life are still pending. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital (https://www.stjude.org/donate) in Memphis, TN.