Laura Eva Massey, 79, daughter of James and Cecil Atherton Denton, was born July 4, 1925, at Huggins. She died Feb. 4, 2005, at her home at Huggins.She grew up and attended school in the Huggins community, graduating from Houston High School. She later attended Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar.She married Lyle E. Massey Nov. 21, 1942. They had five children.Mrs. Massey taught school at Timber Ridge and later at Long Valley in the Number One community.The Masseys owned and operated the Upton General Store for a few years. She also worked at the Huggins Post Office for several years.The Masseys purchased a farm in the Huggins area, where they raised beef cattle.Mrs. Massey enjoyed the outdoors, tending her flowers and vegetable gardens. In her spare time, she enjoyed quilting, crocheting and crafts.She was a long time member of the Number One Free Will Baptist Church at Huggins, where she taught Sunday School and Bible School for more than 40 years. She was a member of American Legion Post 470 Auxiliary at Roby.In addition to her parents; she was preceded in death by her husband Dec. 20, 2004; and two sisters, Anna May and Dorothy.Surviving are two sons, Gary Massey and James Massey of Huggins; three daughters, Betty Roderick of Plato, Ina Kalina of Boron, Calif., and Tammy Richardson of Success; one sister, Opal Coble of Plato; 14 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.Services were Feb. 8 at the Number One Free Will Baptist Church with the Rev. Ronald Turner and the Rev. Larry Shelley officiating. Burial was in the Number One Cemetery under the direction of Craig-Hurtt-Bradley Funeral Home of Mountain Grove. “

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