Loretta Jean Massey, 64, Topeka: Sept. 9, 1955 – Jan. 1, 2020

TOPEKA, Kan. – Loretta J. Massey, age 64, of Topeka, Kan., passed away Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, at Stormont Vail Hospital. Loretta was born Sept. 9, 1955. in Topeka, the daughter of Glenn and Lucille Holmes.

She attended Highland Park High School.

She married Joseph Degan Sr.; they later divorced. She married Robert Massey Jr., April 13, 1990, in Topeka.

She worked at Stormont Vail Hospital and later at Southwest Caging. Loretta enjoyed fishing, dancing, playing cards, and especially spending time with her family.

Loretta was preceded in death by three grandchildren, Brent Jaynes, Bobby Joe Degan-Harness and Tanner Burkey; and a brother, Gary Holmes.

She is survived by her husband of more than 29 years, Robert; a son, Joseph Degan Jr., of Topeka; three daughters, Kayla (Frank) Jaynes, Burlingame, Kan., Angie (Jarret) Burkey, Auburn, Kan., and Heather (Jonathan) Miller, Topeka; a stepbrother, Danny Deever, of Missouri; four sisters, Glenda (Denzel) Eslinger, Ironton, Minn., Ivah (Paul) Holland, Gayle (Danny White) Brown, and Nancy (Jimmy) Rose, all of Topeka; 14 grandchildren, Casey, Alissa, Kylie, Chelsea, Jordan, Jayde, Haley, Jacob, Ethan, Rylie, Braden, Ashlynn, Brennan and Liam; and four great-grandchildren, Parker, Brayson, Taisley and Gracyn.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, at the Davidson Funeral Home. She will lie in state Monday from noon until 8 p.m. with visitation 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. Interment will be at the Rochester Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Topeka Rescue Mission or the Helping Hands Humane Society and sent in care of the Davidson Funeral Home, 1035 N. Kansas Ave., Topeka, KS 66608-1241, or see davidsonfuneral.com.

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