Doris Massell, wife of former Mayor Sam Massell, died Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015. A funeral service is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 21, at 1 p.m. at The Temple with Rabbis Peter Berg and Alvin Sugarman officiating. The family will receive friends one hour before the service at the synagogue at 1589 Peachtree St. Private interment will follow at Crest Lawn Memorial Park.
Mrs. Massell was born Nov. 23, 1925, in Griffin, Ga., the daughter of Ada and Dee Middlebrooks, and spent her childhood in Hogansville, Ga., where she graduated from Hogansville High School; afterward, she moved to Atlanta to attend business school. She later studied art at Georgia State University, where her husband later received his business degree. She learned additional painting skills from Fay Gold and Selma Beard, a prolific artist in both oils and watercolors.
She was employed at the Atlanta offices of the Texas Oil Co. for 10 years, after which she worked with her husband and their children in the tourism business they owned for 13 years.
She and her husband were married Oct. 25, 1952. They are survived by their children, Cindy Massell, Steve Massell (and Krista), and Melanie Jacobs (and Jack), and their three grandchildren of Steve and Krista, Dylan, Graham and Isabel. Doris was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Johnny.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Temple or a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made at www.hmpattersonspringhill.com.