Doris (Hoover) Mattern passed peacefully on Jan. 22, 2021. She was born on January 23, 1925, to Burvia and Mable Hoover in Wabash.
Doris graduated from Urbana High School in 1943 and married the love of her life, Robert S. Mattern on May 22, 1943. They were blessed to share a wonderful marriage of 67 years. Doris is survived by her three children: Linda (Mattern) Hoy (Phil), Leesburg; Connie Mattern, Wabash, and Alan Mattern, Bradenton, Fla. She had two grandsons, Joseph (Tammy) Hoy, Knox, and Benjamin Hoy, Syracuse. She had five great-grandchildren: Matt Hoy (Maggie), Milford; Shantae Shepherd, Knox; Alan (Taylor) Hoy, Knox; John and William Hoy, Syracuse. Her great-great-grandchildren are Taylen Cole and Kinsley and Kallen Hoy of Knox.
Three of Doris’s siblings preceded her in death: Virgia Schnepp, Doyle Hoover and Harvey Hoover. Her surviving siblings are Norma Wilcox, Mary Schenkel, Irene Donaldson, Ethel Fogel, Nancy Neher, Larry Hoover and Fred Hoover. She had many wonderful stories of growing up on the Hoover family farm.
Doris was active in the Paw Paw Township Farm Bureau, serving as Women’s Leader, Pet and Hobby Leader and Secretary. She was past president of the Jolly Janes Home Economics Club and Women’s Guild of the St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Urbana and was the oldest living member of the Urbana Yoke Parish. She was employed for 20 years by the Cyclone Seeder Company in Urbana.
She and Bob loved wintering in Bradenton, Florida for 26 years. Doris was a woman of many talents. After retirement, she discovered that she was an exemplary oil painting artist, and shared most of her artwork with family and friends. She enjoyed leading the Braden Castle Park exercise class for many years, and was the first woman ever to serve on the Braden Castle Park Board of Directors. She loved being with family and friends, playing cards, crafting, arranging flowers and gardening. She developed quite a reputation and following for her pie baking and cake decorating and most of all, for making egg noodles; many, many people enjoyed them through the years.
Doris was a loving, caring, devoted, hard-working mother, sister, daughter, aunt, grandmother and friend who was always there for her family, friends and community. She truly had a passion for helping others, and deeply loved her grandchildren and their families.
A private burial service will be held at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Urbana. A celebration of Doris’s life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, preferred memorials are to the Urbana Yoke Parish or Urbana Lions Club. Arrangements by Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, Wabash.