Sylvia Dawn (Francis) Mathews, 83, a longtime resident of Dilliner (Dunkard), Pa., passed away Friday, April 27, 2018, at her home, following a brief illness. Born in Independence, on Sept. 18, 1934, she was a daughter of the late John M. and Edna P. (Triplett) Francis.
She was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church of Dunkard, where she served for 36 years as the Church Treasurer. Sylvia was also a member of the former Rebekah Lodge of Dunkard, and a past president of the Bobtown PTA. She retired as supervisor in 1996, after 22 years working in the Deli Department at Krogers in Morgantown.
In her retirement, Sylvia enjoyed sewing, crocheting, quilting, scrap booking, crafts, and adding to her collection of over 600 salt and pepper shakers. Each of her family members has received a beautiful afghan handmade by her. She also loved canning, working in her garden and flower beds, and especially loved having time to spend with her children and their families.
Surviving are her five children and their spouses, Norman “Sonny” and Carol Mathews of Boardman, Ohio, Norma Dawn and Charles Barry of Dilliner, Debbie Ann and Donald Mynster of Mt. Juliet, Tenn., Jonea and Rusty Haney of Dilliner, and LuAnn and Kerry Bodnovich of Cleveland; 12 grandchildren and their spouses, David (Tina) Mathews, Steven Mathews, Mathew (Sarah) Barry, Mickey (Julie) Barry, Molly (Josh) Willis, Andy Haney, Audrey (Mike) Mlay, Adam Haney, Kerry, Karson, Kolton, and Karter Bodnovich; and 10 great-grandchildren; twins Breanna and Brittany Mathews, Owen and Ean Barry, Dublin, Talia, and Malainn Barry, Mick, Emily and Laney Mlay; three brothers, Harry (Kathy) Francis, Dicky (Sandy) Francis, and John Allen Francis;, and a sister, Marion (Pokey) Lane.
She was preceded in death by her husband of nearly 58 years, Norman F. Mathews on March 17, 2012; a son, David in infancy; a granddaughter, Emily Mynster; and a sister, Shirley Booth.
Friends will be received in the Richard R. Herod Funeral Home, Point Marion, from 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., on Monday, April 30, and at the First Baptist Church of Dunkard, in Taylortown, from 10-11 a.m., Tuesday, May 1, followed by the hour of service, with her grandson, Josh Willis officiating. Interment follows in Fairview Cemetery, Taylortown.
Memorials may be offered to the Ean Barry Medical Fund, c/o First Baptist Church of Dunkard, 186 Mathews Road, Dilliner, PA 15327.