302-478-7100 Wilmington & Hockessin, DE

Beatrice D. Massih

Beatrice D. Massih, age 84, of Hockessin, Delaware formerly of Wilmington, Delaware passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on January 13, 2020 at Seasons Hospice at Christiana Hospital. Beatrice was a graduate of Beverly High School in Beverly, Massachusetts and Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.

First and foremost, “Beebe” was a loving wife, mother, mother-in-law and grandmother. She was so much to so many and to know her was to love her. Never one to sit still, she became the quintessential professional volunteer and fundraiser – if she was involved, she was likely running it – and when she told you what to do, you did it. She started out working at Woodberry Tavern in Beverly, MA, was a buyer for Jordan Marsh Department Store, served as president of the Newcomers Club of Wilmington, was a substitute teacher, worked in Admissions and co-founded the Quaker Closet at Wilmington Friends School and worked for a number of successful political campaigns including that of State Representative, Jane Maroney.

Later in life she became very active in the Junior Board of Christiana Care, serving in a variety of roles including Corresponding Secretary, Recording Secretary, Chairman of the Surgical Waiting Lounge and Chairman of the Medicine Ball. She was also a member of the Board of Trustees for Christiana Care. She was active in her congregation at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, singing in the choir and volunteering for their annual Rummage Sale. Most recently she was involved at Cokesbury Village through chorus, the annual White Elephant Sale and every possible social event. Through all these organizations she made lifelong friends with whom she shared life’s ups and downs, but mostly laughs and caring for each other. Beebe was small in stature, yet huge in her ability to help others. She was a 5-foot dynamo who everyone knew and could always count on.

In addition to her family and the organizations she was involved in, her loves included the Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia 76ers, summer on our boat, summers on the porch at the Coco’s in Ocean City, NJ, family vacations in Avalon, NJ, tailgating at University of Delaware Football games and being present to celebrate all of her children and grandchildren’s events and achievements.

Beatrice was preceded in death by her husband of 41 years, George A. Massih, Jr. We are comforted to know that she is back in the arms of the love of her life, surrounded by loved ones who passed before her. And there is no doubt that she is already actively involved and running a committee or two up there.

Beatrice is survived by her children, Charlie and George Massih of West Chester, PA, Carol and Doug Massih of Avalon, NJ, and Kim and Pat Dolan of Wilmington, DE. Beebe was beyond loved and cherished by her seven grandchildren Geordie, Pete and Abby Massih, Jack and Kate Massih, and Kevin and Molly Dolan. She is also survived by her brothers, brothers-in-law, sisters, sisters-in-law, and many nieces and nephews. She will live on in our hearts forever.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions may be made to Christiana Care Health System in Honor of the Staff of 2E, 13 Reads Way, Suite 201, New Castle, Delaware 19720.

Funeral Services

A celebration of Life will be held on Friday, January 17, 2020 at 11:00am at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 2313 Concord Pike, Wilmington, Delaware. Friends may call at Aldersgate on Friday, January 17 starting at 10am prior to the service.


    Katie Nichols writes,
    George & Charlie - we are so sorry to hear about Bebe’s passing. Our thoughts are with you and your family.
    01/14/2020 06:38 pm
    Gail (Heather) Davis writes,
    What a loss of a dynamic woman who never arrived empty handed🤪. A valued member of ‘Club Dead’ as Gretchen, GINNY and she called themselves sitting on the beach in OC. AND when she neglected to put sunscreen on the top of her feet—— oh how she suffered. He tea parties with the kids were famous. Get those angels organized BB AND George will be so happy you joined him.
    01/14/2020 07:47 pm
    Trelly Vergara Shaikh writes,
    Rest In Peace Mrs. Massih. You are a legend in your time and we will always remember you with smiles and admiration.
    01/14/2020 08:30 pm
    judith Kirlan writes,
    So sorry to hear of Beas passing....wonderful lady who was a mentor to me in many ways as a Junior Board member...especially when I needed help with being a Medicine Ball Chair..BEA was right there guiding me..
    01/15/2020 04:58 am
    Linda and Steve Sauerbrunn writes,
    Bea was a wonderful neighbor and friend. We're so sorry to hear of her passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of her family.
    01/15/2020 07:03 am
    Virginia Vergara lit a candle and writes,
    Condolence to the Massih family! May she Rest In Peace.
    01/15/2020 09:54 am
    David Clevenger writes,
    Sorry to hear for your loss. Prayers to the Massih Family.
    01/15/2020 04:25 pm
    georger71145@gmail.com lit a candle and writes,
    Dear Massih Family, On behalf of the members of the Junior Board of Christiana Care, I extend our sincere sympathies on the loss of your mother and grandmother. Bea was an Associate member of our organization, joining the Junior Board in 1987. We are thankful for Bea’s years of volunteer service and commitment to the Junior Board. She was a role model for every Junior Board member leading by her example of untiring dedication to Junior Board activities. In her memory, a donation will be made to the Junior Board Memorial Fund. The monies in this fund are used to support various projects throughout Christiana Care. Thank you for sharing Bea with us and our organization. Sincerely, Georgianna Riley Junior Board of Christiana Care, Inc. PO Box 1668 Wilmington, DE 19899
    01/20/2020 02:58 pm
    Irene and Bill Adcock writes,
    To the Family of Bea Massih Please accept our deepest sympathy in the passing of Bea. We know you will miss her, and that you will take comfort in that she is now with George. We also had the pleasure of knowing this fine couple since the 1970's. You all are to be complimented on the lovely service, which we were able to attend. Irene and Bill Adcock
    01/22/2020 05:15 pm
    Javier Galindo lit a candle and writes,
    To the Massih Family, Please accept my deepest condolences on the passing of your beloved Beatrice. God bless her and the entire family. Javier
    01/27/2020 06:47 pm
    David A. Willauer lit a candle and writes,
    When I was looking through this website I have had a lot of memories of a lot of former neighbors from Talleybrook where I used to live and now live in Fallbrook, CA after my father went to be with the Lord, I knew the Massih's very well. I remember a lot of good and fond memories that my parents had with George, SR and Bee when we used to go boating together which I really enjoyed but the best time I had was when all of us went to Annapolis, MD in 1978 just doing our thing. Also going to the wrestling meets at Concord and hearing Mrs. Massih being energetic supporting George and Doug a lot also got a little angry but she was a sparkplug. Also when I was scorekeeping for Concord High School I remember Mrs. Massih saying to me very energetic please make sure you check that scoreboard David. I said Yes Mam. That is how energetic she was but being supportive of her sons. After Doug and George graduated from Concord and both went to that other school off Route 22 in the town where Ernie Holmes is from, Mr. and Mrs. Massih would still watch the meets along with the Blue Hen and State Tournaments while I got into reporting. To George, Doug and Kim my prayers go out for you I know how hard it is to lose parents just like I lost my father to Colon Cancer in October 2014 and my mother to Kidney Failure in 2016 it is very hard to share but it will be in all our lives. When it comes to a tragedy like this I always think when I read the Bible the book of Psalms in the 23rd Chapter where it says Yea Though I Walk Through The Valley In The Shadow of Death.
    07/16/2020 06:57 am

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