Madelyn C. Massey, a lover of theater, singing, music and especially travel, departed this life at the age of 71 on Tuesday, August 13th, 2019, to go on the greatest travel adventure to her new Heavenly home, where she will be singing with the angel chorus for all eternity.
Born in Philadelphia, Madelyn participated in a variety of activities, including attaining the Girl Scouts Gold Award and singing soprano with the Frankford High School Ambassadors of Song, who toured Scandinavia for one month, performing for the King and Queen of Sweden and on the Danish National Radio. The valedictorian of a class of 1600 students, Madelyn later received her bachelor's degree from Dickinson College, where she participated in numerous music ensembles and theater productions and was a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, several honors societies, and Blue Hat. Upon graduation, she received a full scholarship to Drexel University, earning a Master’s in Library Science.
Madelyn returned to Dickinson to serve on the faculty as a Humanities Instructor and reference librarian. She also served as a reference librarian at Penn State Harrisburg, Fredericksen Library, and Harrisburg Area Community College, where she taught for more than 20 years before retiring. She spent her retirement years traveling with her family and attending music and theater events. Her love of theater led her to see more than 100 Broadway shows, and she enjoyed attending regional theater productions as well. As an active member at Camp Hill United Methodist Church, Madelyn also sang in the choir, participated in Hannah Circle, and made lifelong friendships with members of her dining group.
Madelyn was preceded in death by her parents, Madeline and Pat McDade. Madelyn is survived by her loving husband of 45 years: James H. Massey Jr.; son: James R. Massey, his wife Amanda Massey, and granddaughters Zelda and Angelica of Sterling, VA; son: Brian Massey of Mechanicsburg; brother: Bob McDade and his wife Brenda McDade of Downingtown, PA; brother-in-law and sister-in-law: Sam Massey and Julie Jenkins and their spouses Tricia Massey and Michael Jenkins of Athens, GA; nieces: Kelley McDade Latella, Lynn Eaton, and Meg Hammer; nephews: Chris McDade, Sam Massey Jr., and Ross Massey. The family appreciates the excellent care provided by Terri Miller and the support of nuclear family and friends.
A viewing will be held on Saturday, August 17th from 5-7 P.M. at Sullivan Funeral Home, 51 N Enola Dr, Enola, PA.
On Sunday, August 18th, a viewing will be held from 3-4 P.M., followed by a funeral service at 4 P.M. at Camp Hill United Methodist Church, 417 S 22nd St, Camp Hill, PA. A dinner will follow.
A burial will be held at a later date at Indiantown Gap. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Madelyn’s memory to the Camp Hill United Methodist Church Sierra Leone Scholarship or the Dickinson College Truman Bullard Scholarship.
The Sullivan Funeral Home is honored to serve the Massey family.