Virginia Ruth Mattimore, beloved wife and mother, died unexpectedly at the age
of seventy-nine on Wednesday, September 9th at her Northridge home. She was born in
Cleveland, Ohio, on May 28th, 1941, the daughter of John and Florence Hegyi, who both
preceded her in death.
Virginia graduated from Rocky River High School in June of 1959 and received a
Bachelors in Education from Wittenberg University in June of 1963. She was married to
her devoted husband Michael in August of that same year and one week later began
work as a home-economics teacher in the Northwestern Local Schools. After leaving
teaching to raise their two boys, she returned to the profession as a reading specialist
and first-grade teacher in the Springfield City Schools, and earned a Masters degree
from the University of Dayton in July of 1986. Following her retirement from teaching,
she worked for a time as a realtor with Link-Helmuth Realty. She was a fabric artist,
painter and weaver as well as a Clark County Master Gardener and an avid Ohio State
Buckeye football fan.
Virginia is survived by her sister, Bennu Anpial of Marion, Massachusetts, her
loving husband of fifty-seven years, Michael John Mattimore of Springfield, their two
sons, Eric Mattimore of New Albany, Indiana, and Mark (Teresa) Mattimore, and two
granddaughters, Zoe and Sophia Mattimore, all of Cincinnati, Ohio.
Following cremation there will be a memorial service in her honor at 7:00 P.M.
on Saturday, September 26th, at Jackson, Lytle & Lewis Life Celebration Center, the
service to be preceded by visitation with family and friends at 6:00 P.M. In accordance
with her express wishes, her ashes will be scattered privately by the family. In lieu of
flowers, friends may opt to contribute to St. Jude Hospital or to the Society for the
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.