Jean S. Massamore, age 94, formerly of Dawson Springs, KY, died Saturday, April 4, 2020, at her granddaughter’s residence in Paris, TN.
She graduated from the Memphis College of Art and was employed at Outwood State School in Dawson Springs, KY. She was also the owner & partner in Massamore Tax Services. Jean served on the Board of Directors of the Princeton Art Guild and the Hopkinsville Art Guild in Kentucky and was a founding member of the Dawson Springs Museum & Art Center. She was an elder emeritus, member, and Sunday school teacher of First Christian Church of Dawson Springs. She served as the general chairman of the Dawson Springs 1974 Centennial Celebration and the chairperson of First Christian Church 1986 Centennial Celebration. Jean was a member of the Dawson Springs Historical Preservation Commission and the Hopkins County Extension Council. She was an award-winning author, poet, artist and photographer.
Jean was born October 12, 1925 in Beulah, KY, to the late John Alvin Simons and the late Manda Belle Tirey Simons.
She was married on October 5, 1946 to her husband of 64 years, Richard Lavere Massamore, who preceded her in death on September 29, 2011.
She is survived by her two daughters, Jean Ann Appleby of Dawson Springs, KY, and Rev. Jane Ellen Stout of Mansfield, OH; one son, Judge David Gordon Massamore of Madisonville, KY; seven grandchildren, Lee Anne Teague, James Raymond Farmer, Lori Allyson Bannister, Sarah Elizabeth Thomas, Scott Alan Massamore, Benjamin Graham Stout, and Evan Clay Massamore; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap Street, P.O. Box 788, Paris, TN 38242. The body is to be cremated with a Celebration of Life Service to be held at a later date.