Eileen A. Massie

January 2, 1928October 2, 2012
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Eileen A. Massie, 84, of Roscoe, passed away on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 surrounded by her loving children, Tom Massie and Judy Kennedy, after a short illness. She was born January 2, 1928 in Galena, the daughter of William R. and Marie O. (Taylor) Lewis. She was married to George T. Massie on February 24, 1946 in Fort Worth, Texas. They were married for 64 loving years until his passing on September 31, 2009. Eileen loved working on her parent’s farm as a young girl. After high school, she loved working with the public. She was employed by Top Hat Restaurant in Loves Park for 26 years. Later she worked at Royal Car Wash for 11 years before retiring to her home and her passion of working in her many flower gardens, which she was so proud of. She also loved displaying her Christmas lights which included as many as 14,500 LED lights which, people came from all over to view her display and decorations to honor the birth of Christ. In 1968, her son Tom was captured by hostile armed forces from North Korea while serving onboard the USS Pueblo AGER-2. He was held captive in a Prisoner of War camp where he had to endure malnutrition and severe beatings daily. During these 11 months, Eileens hair turned from dark brown to a beautiful silver/white. While her son was a P.O.W., she walked for miles and door to door getting petitions signed so that the crew of 83 sailors, marines and oceanographers of the USS Pueblo would be released. During this time, she started her Christmas displays, which she did on her own until the age of 80. Survivors include her children, William Thomas Massie, Judy Kennedy, Zachary Massie, and Darlene Maness; her loving and departed pets, Bruno and Stevie. She had 11 grandchildren, Rick (Kim) Grover, Michael, Tyler, Jonathon (Rachel), Daniel (Crystal), and Ziarah Massie, Jason, Jennifer (Wiljohn), and Justin (Jenny) Kennedy, Sasha and Jacob Maness; 12 great grandchildren, Zoe Grover, Tesa and Nichole Massie, Alexes, Brianna and Lelund Massie, Darius, Juanisha, Angelique, and Mikalah Kennedy, Uriyah and Rylan Rhynes; brothers, Glenn, Elmer, and Dale Lewis. She was predeceased by her husaband, George T. Massie; her parents, William R. and Marie O. Lewis; grandson, Zachary D. Massie, Jr.; son-in-law, James W. Kennedy; brothers, Carl, Bert, and Ray Lewis. Our family deeply grieves her death but we know she is in heaven and God’s hands. We want to thank all of our family and friends for their help and prayers during this trying time. Funeral services Friday, October 5, 2012 at Sunset Funeral Home, 8800 N. Alpine Road, Machesney Park. Visitation, 1 p.m. till time of service at 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Officiated by Pastor Lisa Abb. Interment in Sunset Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family. Online condolences can be expressed at


  • Visitation Friday, October 5, 2012
  • Funeral Service Friday, October 5, 2012

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Barbara Karnes

October 30, 2012

My heart goes out to you in sympathy and love. Eileen touched my heart with her cards and letters over the years. Jerry and I were happy to see Eileen, George and Tom here in Pittsburg TX several years ago and never forgot that litle visit. She was full of life, joy and zest, a very sweet woman. It was interesting to learn she knew Jerry's cousin, Phil there in Illinois. Sincerely, Barbara Karnes (widow-Sidney Jerry Karnes,USS Pueblo crew)

Dan Gilbert

October 26, 2012

Jan's and my prayers and thoughts are with the Massie family. I can fondly remember Eileen when I was a young man as I would often see her at Top Hat Restaurant. Then, later in life, as we reacquainted, she was always full of energy with an evident love for people.

Jeanie Plucker

October 18, 2012

We are so sad at the loss of Eileen. She was such a part of our Pueblo family! We have so many treasured memories of our times together. She was always available to help and encourage everyone. We really missed both her and Tom at our reunion and she will be greatly missed! Tom, please know that we are here for you! Our love and prayers, Jeanie and Alvin Plucker LaSalle, Colo.

Dale & Julie Rigby

October 14, 2012

Tom and family,
We are very sorry to hear of the loss of your mother.
Eileen and George were always such great members of the Pueblo family.
May God Bless you !

Earl Phares

October 13, 2012

Pueblo crew is with you in your time of need.

Earl Phares

October 13, 2012

Tom I know what it is like to lose your Mom. I lost my Dad in 1967. Mom passed in 2009 at 92. Just remember you were loved by bought very much. Not a day goes by that I don't miss them both. Will see them again

October 13, 2012

Eileen did so much for us back in 1968. It would not be a PUEBLO reunion if we did not see Tom, Eileen and George. Both Eileen and George were true friends.
Ralph McClintock

Janice Massie-Ryan

October 8, 2012

our hearts and prayers go out to you and your families, I am so far away wishing i could be there. I have wonderful memories of vising Aunt Eileen and Uncle George every year. Sending hugs and love from Texas, Janice, Jean, and Craig Massie

Shelly Ristow

October 5, 2012

Darlene, I am so sorry to hear about your Mom. you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Shirley Spades

October 5, 2012


I only met your mother a few time but those few times were enough for me to realize she was a fantastic woman just like you Darlene. I am sure because of her your love and nuturing will be passed on down to your children.She must have been so proud of you, Brad Sosha and Jacob and hope you all are blessed with many many great memories. God has a way of keeping us strong. My prayers are with you and all of the family.

Shirley Spades (Longtime friend and coworker)