Virda Aliene McCoy “Ma,” 88, daughter of Clifford and Bessie (Firestine) Massey, was born at Big Piney, MO., on Dec. 9, 1925. She passed away Dec. 20, 2013, at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Mo.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Elmer E McCoy “Pap”; a son, Jimmy David McCoy; sisters, Fern Quick, Hazel Hall and Rhetta Hayhurst; and 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 an early age and left her to raise her seven siblings, ranging in ages 6 weeks to 12 years.

She married Elmer McCoy “Pap” on Dec. 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; 15 great-grandkids; 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!

Services were Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, at Evans Funeral Home with Pastor Brian Holycross officiating. Pall bearers were Jim McCoy, Sean Ryno, Dustyn Fisher, Benjamin Blank, Jacob Blank and Jack Stricklin. Honorary pallbearers were Justin Scholz and Austin Chambers. Burial was in Union Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Union Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to


Leave a comment

Leave a Reply