MATTIE MAE BONE MASSEY was born January 28, 1932, in Brownsboro, Alabama to the late Ira Bone Sr and Icy Mae Askins Bone. Mattie was the eldest of five children, three sisters Mary Bone, Elizabeth Bone and Mosie Lee Bone, one brother Ira Bone Jr. The family moved from Alabama to Chattanooga, Tennessee where she grew up and was educated.
Mattie met and married her first husband Floyd North Sr and lived in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where she gave birth to five of the nine children. In 1957, Mattie and Floyd Sr. moved their family from Tennessee to the state of California and settled in San Diego with her children: Floyd Jr, Robbie, Jacqueline, Joan and Carl, she later gave birth to Debbie, Gary, Christopher and Sheila.
Mattie was a homemaker for a number of years taking care of her children. She later entered into the employment field and worked various jobs throughout her lifetime. Mattie was hired at General Dynamics from June 1980 through September 1993 when she retired after working 13 years. Mattie was awarded various certificates for her excellent work performance from General Dynamics. After retirement she became her own day care provider caring for her grandchildren and the children of family and friends.
If you knew Mattie, you knew she was known for her sense of style and fashion, “Especially her hats and shoes”. She loved to cook and bake and was famously known for her Carmel Cakes, Lemon Cakes, Sweet Potato Pies and her Mac and Cheese. Mattie loved crossword puzzles, knitting, watching Family Feud and Judge Judy.
Mattie who loved the Lord, joined Greater Trinity Baptist Church in 1976. She loved singing and joined the choir immediately. After a few years of attending Greater Trinity, a man by the name of Oscar Massey slipped her a note asking her to call him. She let him wait for a few days before calling and the rest is history. Mattie and Oscar were joined in holy matrimony March 28, 1987 by the late Rev. Clyde E. Gaines. Mattie also served as a Deaconess for 27 years.
Mattie’s health began to fail her and was placed into an assisted living facility. She was surrounded by family and friends who would bring her favorite snacks, Chicharrons, Sees Bridge Mix, and Popeyes Fried Chicken Wings.
On Friday morning, June 21, 2019, Mattie made her sweet transition into the arms of the Lord. Our Heavenly Father, the one who loved her the most. She leaves behind a wealth of memories which shall always remain an eternal treasure.
Mattie leaves her children to cherish her memories: Floyd North Jr (Peggy), Robbie Williams, Jacqueline North, Joan Casper, Carl North (Mildred) Debbie North, Christopher North, and Sheila Scott.
Mattie was preceded in death by her late husband, Oscar Massey; her beloved son, Gary North; beloved, parents, Ira Bone Sr. and Icy Mae Bone; her sisters: Mary, Elizabeth and Mosie Lee; brother, Ira Bone Jr.; beloved granddaughter, Rachael North; and her lifelong friend, Della Sims; 22 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, a host of other relatives and friends who will keep her in their heart and memory forever.
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