Service measured not by GOLD,
                           but by the GOLDEN RULE

Service measured not by GOLD,
          but by the GOLDEN RULE



W. LaVonne Hider, 99 years old, passed away at her residence, South Haven Assisted Living, in Lubbock, Texas of natural causes on October 18, 2021.   Prior to moving to Lubbock in 2010, she resided at 2101 E. Smithville Western Road, in Wooster, Ohio.
LaVonne was born August 4, 1922, in Plain Township of Wayne County.   She was the daughter of Forest and Wave Eberhart Sidle.   In 1940, she graduated from Shreve High School as Salutatorian of her class and then went on to graduate from Wooster Business College a year later as a skilled secretary/clerk/typist.   On August 28, 1947, she married Gerald E. Hider at Central Christian Church in Wooster, Ohio.   They established a newly purchased home in Mechanicsburg and lived there for seven years.   In 1954 they moved to their permanent residence on Smithville Western Road, a historically registered home in Madisonburg to which they renovated and enjoyed for over 50 years.   Gerald and LaVonne were active members of the Salem Lutheran Church for over 50 years.
LaVonne was devoted to loving and caring for her husband and five children.   Her much enjoyed hobbies included sewing quilts, reading, writing and collecting family heirlooms, dishes and misc. antique furniture which Mr. Hider repaired and refinished.
During her lifetime, LaVonne enjoyed travels to New York City, Washington D. C., Niagara Falls, Florida, Colorado, Pennsylvania, California, Texas, Arizona, Canada and her children ™s and grandchildren ™s homes.
Surviving LaVonne are her sister, Dorothy (Sidle) Craig of Brig Prairie, Ohio; her sister-in-law, Caroline Sidle; and LaVonne ™s five children:   Dr. Sheryl D. Mattison of Lubbock, Texas; Holly J. (Richard) Kerschbaum of Elyria, Ohio; Janelle Y (Kirby) Davis of Harrison, Arkansas; Geralyn Z. (Harry) Wilson of Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas; and Wylie J. (Cheryl) Hider of Wooster, Ohio.   Also surviving are some nephews and nieces and a very special niece of her late husband, Virginia (Tom) Hostetler of Wooster, Ohio.
Her surviving grandchildren are:   John, Andrew, Michael, Gregory and Dr. Stephanie Kerschbaum; Kyle H. Davis, Heidi Conlin and Matthew Haddock; Timothy and Jennifer (McSorley) Hider.
Her surviving 17 great grandchildren include: Gabriel, Maclain and Clayton Kerschbaum; Tyler, Luke and Madison Kerschbaum; Rosemary LaVonne and Rhys Sutherland; Tatsuki and Yushin Kerschbaum; Thomas and Amelia Kerschbaum; Austin and Harper Conlin; Pepper Haddock; Brynn and Rowan McSorley.
LaVonne was preceded in death by her beloved husband of (61) years, Gerald E. Hider; her parents, grandparents, brothers, Edison E. Sidle and Doyle D. Sidle, and several nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins and great grandson, Alexander Kerschbaum.
Friends will be received at the McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster, Ohio on Friday, November 5, 2021 from noon until 2:00 p.m.
Officiating for services will be Pastor Eric Fairhurst at McIntire Bradham and Sleek Funeral Home in Wooster, Ohio at 2:00 p.m.   Burial will be at Plain Lutheran Church Cemetery, located at 4830 Blachleyville Road, Wooster, Ohio.
Memorial contributions may be made to Plain Lutheran Church Cemetery Association, 2020 Springville Rd., Wooster, Ohio 44691.
Online condolences may be left for the family at

Memorial Contributions
Plain Lutheran Church Cemetery Assn., 2020 Springville Rd., Wooster, OH 44691

Friday, November 5, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Friday, November 5. 2021 from noon until 2:00 p.m. at funeral home


  1. Dear family, Mrs. Hider was a precious woman who with Gerald came to Lubbock for the winters, and then stayed. She came to Forrest Heights church just down the street and they became part of our church family. I loved visiting her in the Assisted living and her home, however, it has been impossible lately with COVID restrictions. She loved to play scrabble and to talk and visit. Thank you for sharing her with us! Linda Swartz

  2. Your Mother was a joy to know and visit, she did like to tell me all about her family and their children. I was blessed to get visit with both your Mother and Dad here in Lubbock. I remember when Rosemary LaVonne was born, a special baby’s name to me as was my Mother’s name and Mrs. Hider’s. Mrs. Hider would tell me about her home in Wooster that was a historically register home and of all of her antiques. It was always a delight to get to visit with your Mother. I was blessed to know and love your Mother. Sandra Fuller

  3. To Sheryl, Holly, Janelle, Lynn, and Wylie (and their beautiful families). I’m happy to join in the celebration of life for your sweet mother. ‘Mom’ Hider was so loving and kind to me, and visiting your family was always a treat. I always felt like Daughter #5. I loved my visits to Ohio and Texas, seeing her latest refinished antiques, playing Scrabble, and hearing her brag about the many accomplishments of each of you. She was SO proud of each of you, and she loved you very much. I don’t know how she did it, but she was able to name each grandchild and great-grandchild with their photos at my last visit. Cherish the special memories, ‘footprints on your hearts’. God’s Love and Peace to All,

  4. Sheryl, Holly, Janelle, Lynn, Wylie we are sorry for your loss. What a long full Christian life and family legacy.

  5. Holly and Janelle, so sorry about your mom’s passing. She certainly lived a lot of years! The last time I got to see you girls was when you came up to visit her when she was at West View and we were in the chapel at a service. You both looked wonderful and I wish we would have had more time to catch up afterwards. I’m sure you have many great memories of both of your parents. Take care.


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