Janet Lee Park Massey, departed this life Saturday, August 26, 2017 at her home near Aurora, Missouri, at the age of eighty-four years. Janet, a daughter of Waiden and Vera Park, was born April 13, 1933, in Kansas City, Missouri.
She graduated from Lebanon High School. She and John Walter Massey were united in marriage on August 9, 1952, recently celebrating their sixty-fifth wedding anniversary.
For almost sixty years Janet and John have had a livestock farm operation, thirty-two years in Columbia and twenty-five years in Lawrence County.
Janet was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. She was a woman of deep faith in God and a calling to serve others. She was a faithful and active member of the Olivet Christian Church in Columbia for thirty years. She served on the board, was a Sunday School and Vacation Bible School teacher and sang in the choir. Janet was also selected as an Honorary Elder with the church for her many years of service.
Also while living in Columbia, Janet served her community as a 4-H leader, Boone County Fair Home Arts chair, Extension Homemaker Club member and a member of the Columbia Mother Singers.
She was especially proud of her many years as a Missouri Division of Aging Nursing Home Ombudsman serving the residents and families at Lenoir Healthcare Center, while living in Columbia, as well as at the Ozarks Methodist Manor in Marionville, which was near her current home in Lawrence County.
Janet also loved spending time with her passions…flower and vegetable gardening, preserving foods, cooking and sewing.
Janet is survived by her husband, of the home; a daughter, Vera Massey (Michael) of Columbia; a son, John Massey Jr. (Pam) of Columbia; a grandson, Christopher Nichols, of Chicago, Illinois; two granddaughters, Sarah Buran (Aaron) of Columbia, and Stacy Massey, of Clayton; as well as a host of other relatives and many special friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Peggy Coffman and Pat Lorance; and a brother James Park.
While Janet has lived with Parkinson’s disease for more than twenty-five years, she never let it rob her of enjoying life to the fullest.
Celebration of life service for Janet Lee Park Massey, was held Wednesday, August 30, 2017, at Shadel's Colonial Chapel in Lebanon, Missouri.
In lieu of flowers, memorials have been suggested to the American Parkinson's Disease Association, and donations can be left at or mailed to Shadel's Colonial Chapel, P.O. Box 948, Lebanon, MO 65536.