Spokesperson for refinery dies suddenly

Missy Shorey

"She was a fine person ... she did a great job for us."

Demetrios Haseotes, owner of Continental Refining Company, was lavish in praise of Missy Shorey, the refinery's spokesperson who passed away unexpectedly April 24.

Sole spokesperson for Continental Refinery, Shorey, 47, reportedly was found unresponsive by her husband in the bathroom after she had made a speech in Washington, D.C. She has kept the Commonwealth Journal informed about progress at the former Somerset Refinery since it was purchased by Haseotes in 2011 and resumed production in 2103.

Shorey made her mark in both public relations and politics. President and CEO of Shorey Public Relations, Shorey was the first woman ever to chair the Dallas County Republican Party. She was an electric force who completed five internships over the course of five years on Capitol Hill. She worked for the United States Senate Joint Economic Committee and ran her successful company, Shorey Public Relations, for several years in Saratoga Springs, New York and most recently in Dallas, Texas.

Shorey treated Continental Refining Company as her own as it struggled to overcome financial problems created by Somerset Refinery, an icon and stable employer in Somerset until it eventually was forced to close. She didn't hesitate to suggest to the Commonwealth Journal what photographs to use and hint strongly about how to present news stories evolving from Continental Refining Company.

Haseotes reopened the refinery in 2013, but it ceased production about a year and a half ago, announcing a $75 million modernization. Haseotes said this week chances of the refinery resuming production, no doubt years away, has improved to more than 50-50.