Florence Dillener Massie

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Florence Dillener Massie, 92, of Crozet, passed away and went to be with the Lord on Saturday, August 12, lovingly attended by her two daughters. She was born in Montclair, New Jersey on August 1, 1925, to the Rev. LeRoy Young Dillener and Emily Heusel Dillener. A graduate of Maryville College in Tennessee, she retired from a long and joyful teaching career with Albemarle County Public Schools.

She was a devoted member of Tabor Presbyterian Church, where she attended services, sang in the choir, taught Sunday School, participated in Presbyterian Women, and enjoyed fellowship gatherings for sixty years. She was the first woman to become a deacon for the congregation.

As a member of the local chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, she helped support their mission of providing personal growth opportunities for women educators. In her retirement, she enjoyed her circle of friends in the FCE/Cooperative Extension Club, Crozet, and in the Red Hatters group. Her personal warmth, gratefulness, and loving smile won the hearts of many.

Florence was predeceased by her husband of 48 years, John Walker Massie, Jr.; her brothers, John August Dillener, the Rev. LeRoy Young Dillener, Jr., and Phillip Heusel Dillener. She is survived by her dear sister, Merriam Dillener Scott, of Virginia Beach; her cherished daughters and son-in-law, Barbara Massie Mouly of Crozet and Rebecca Massie Lane and husband, Douglas, of Hagerstown, Md.; and beloved grandsons and daughter-in-law, Jacob Anderson Massie Lane and wife, Emily of Conshohoken, Pa., and Gabriel Walker Massie Lane of Boston, Mass.

Her family is immensely grateful to the staff of Just a Little Help, the University of Virginia Medical Center Neuro ICU, the University of Virginia Transition Hospital, and the Charlottesville Health and Rehab Center, all of whom provided her with encouragement, professional and compassionate care in the last stage of her life. A memorial service will be held for Florence on Saturday, September 9, at 11 a.m. at Tabor Presbyterian Church, Tabor Street, Crozet, reception following. The family is being served by Anderson Funeral Home of Crozet. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to Tabor Presbyterian Church.

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