Mary Edith (Boyd) MasseyAugust 14, 1922 ~ October 9, 2017 (age 95)
High Point NC: Mary Edith Boyd Massey, 95, died peacefully at her home on Monday, October 9, 2017. She made her home for the past eight years at The Stratford in High Point, N.C. Her passion for knitting earned her the nickname “Miss Knitty” by the staff at The Stratford. Residents always commented that her hands were never still, as she kept her knitting bag with her at all times.
Mary Edith was born on August 14, 1922, the youngest of five children to the late Rufus Franklin Boyd and Eunice Merritt Boyd of Fort Mill, SC. She was preceded in death by her son Ernest Hanson (Han) Massey Jr. and his wife Karen Ledford Massey, three brothers Theodore “Tete” Boyd; William (Bill) Boyd, Frank Boyd; and one sister, Evelyn Bragg. , She is survived by her daughter, Paula Massey Royster and husband Carroll, of Greensboro, five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter.
Mary Edith grew up in the Sharon community of Charlotte, N.C., and was a lifelong member of Sharon Presbyterian Church where she met her husband of 61 years, the late Ernest Hanson Massey Sr. who passed in 2002. Mary Edith enjoyed playing piano for her Christian Fellowship Sunday school class and participated in Faith group before moving to High Point to be near her daughter. Her strong faith in the Lord stayed with her to the end. She was a 1939 graduate of Sharon High School.
Mary Edith worked for the Charlotte Police Department for 30 years, and was one of the first meter maids hired by the department in the early 1950s. Following that, she worked as a Clerk of Court and always had a special respect for all police officers. She worked part-time as a security guard at the Charlotte Coliseum on Independence Boulevard and Charlotte Douglas International Airport following her retirement.
A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, October 13 at 2 p.m. at Sharon Presbyterian Church. The family will receive friends immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the “Growing to Serve” campaign at Sharon Presbyterian Church, 5201 Sharon Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28210, or to the charity of the donor’s choice. Arrangements entrusted to Triad Cremation Society & Chapel of Greensboro NC.