Lucille Snyder Matheny died Monday, January 26, 2009 at West View Manor where she had been residing since a stroke in 2005. Born and raised in Clarksburg, West Virginia, Lucille married Raymond Matheny on May 25, 1940, and they were the proud parents of six children who survive: William (and Bette) Matheny; Judith Miller, Joyce Bryerton, Raymond (and Carol) Matheny, Debra (and John) Hobbs and Pamela (and Vince) Giffin. Preceded in death by her husband, Lucille is also survived by grandchildren and great-grandchildren, all of whom made her very proud.
Before her marriage and during the war (1935-1939), Lucille was employed by Wierton Steel Company in Steubenville, Ohio. After her husband’s death in 1963, she was employed as an Activities Therapist at Apple Creek State Hospital where she remained until her retirement. Music was a cherished hobby. As a self-taught musician with great natural ability, Lucille played the piano and guitar and several other string instruments. She was also an accomplished visual artist and her love for music and the arts had great influence on her children and grandchildren, several of whom are accomplished professional musicians and talented amateur visual artists. Lucille considered her favorite family custom the New Year’s Eve family talent show held annually at the Miller’s on Christmas Run where even the youngest members began to develop their performing skills.
Lucille regarded as one of the highlights of her adult life as being able to see much of the world. In 1975 she traveled to Italy on a pilgrimage to Rome for the handicapped. Then, in 1986 she moved to Germany with her daughter Debra and son-in-law John Hobbs and their three children. While living in Europe, she and the family traveled to Austria, Switzerland, Netherlands, France, Italy, Hungary, Belguim, England and Scotland. In the summer of 1998, her son Bill Matheny gave her long-desired birthday present with a trip to Ireland. With her daughter Joyce and grandchildren living in California, and her son Ray and his family, for a time, living in Florida, Lucille also made many trips throughout the United States.
In her later years, Lucille joined the First Presbyterian Church in Woosster where she shared her spiritual life with her daughter Pamela Giffin and the entire Giffin family.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Noon on Saturday, January 31, 2009 at the McIntire, Davis and Greene Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster with the Rev. Jim watt officiating. There will be a private burial at the Wooster Cemetery.
A reception for family and friends will be held following the service at home of her daughter, Judith Miller at 4408 Huntington Woods, Wooster.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Ida School, 266 Oldman Rd., Wooster, OH 44691 or The Memorial & Honor Program, St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 1000, Dept. 300, Memphis, TN 38148
Ida Sue School or St. Jude’s Hospital
Celebration of Life Service will be held at Noon on Saturday, January 31, 2009
A reception will be held at the home of Judith Miller, 4408 Huntington Woods, Wooster following the service