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Barbara J. Matteson
Barbara J. MattesonLibrary BooksBarbara J. Matteson, 89 of Richwood, died peacefully early Thursday morning January 21, 2021 at her home.

She was born August 20, 1931 in Marion to the John Kenneth and Burnetta (Burris) VanZant, she was also preceded in death by husbands: Bernard Ballard and Frank Matteson and a daughter: Judi McComas.

Barb was a retired Social Worker, having worked with the Hospice at Grady. She was a long-time member of the First United Methodist Church in Richwood.

Barb was Master Gardener, she had been President of the local club. She loved working in her flower garden. She also had a passion for traveling, she went all over the world.

In her down time, she loved to read, one of her favorite spots in Richwood was the Library.

Surviving is her son: Tim (Rebecca) Matteson of Richwood, grandchildren: Brian (Dionna) Matteson, Christina Matteson, Valerie Matteson, Aaron Matteson, Kenny McComas and Andy McComas.
Stepchildren: Larry (Joy)Ballard, Jodi (Leo) Skinner and Sally (Craig Wathen) Glover
Seven step grandchildren

There will be no services at this time.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Richwood- North Union Public Library at 4 E. Ottawa St. Richwood, Ohio 43344.

The family is being assisted by the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home in Richwood

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#1 from: Rita Rubeck Headington Parker
Fri, Jan 22, 2021 at 5:58 PM

With our sincere sympathy to Tim and his family.
Fred & Rita Parker

#2 from: Rona penix
Fri, Jan 22, 2021 at 6:04 PM

Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers so sorry to hear of barbs passing God Bless You !

#3 from: Lisa A Mead
Fri, Jan 22, 2021 at 6:28 PM

So many wonderful memories of my "Pseudo Mom". Love, thoughts and prayers with you all.

#4 from: Jan Dunn
Marysville and Leesburg, Fl
Fri, Jan 22, 2021 at 7:19 PM

My sympathy and love  to all Barbs family and friends.  I will miss her so much and the conversations and memories we shared.  She went with us on our 28 days to Australia.  A beautiful double rainbow we always remembered.  Resting in peace Barb

#5 from: Sue McBride Bails
125 E. Ottawa Richwood
Fri, Jan 22, 2021 at 8:02 PM

So very sorry to hear of Barb's passing. She was a neat lady and will miss seeing her at the library.

#6 from: Virg and Jani Rankin
Fri, Jan 22, 2021 at 8:12 PM

So sorry for your loss.  Bernetta was my neighbor and I visited a lot with Barb when she visited her mom.  Hugs to the family💕

#7 from: Lynne Ledley
Fri, Jan 22, 2021 at 11:02 PM

So sorry to hear of Barb's passing. We enjoyed working together when she was an alumni officer. She was so active in every club she belonged to. A sad loss to her family and our community.

#8 from: Larry Nibert
Sat, Jan 23, 2021 at 8:33 AM

Tim and Family sorry for your loss

#9 from: Mary Lu Swartz
Sat, Jan 23, 2021 at 8:36 AM

I send my sympathy to Tim and the rest of Barb's family. She shared with me her secret for fruit pies as hers were always so good.  

#10 from: Rebecca George
Sat, Jan 23, 2021 at 9:52 AM

A tribute to a strong lady is fitting for Barbara.  I remember a young teenage bride in whose home I attended a dance party; a young couple with two small children beset by a disaster from a farming accident, a woman whom after suffering tragedy after tragedy entered the Ohio State University and came out with a Masters Degree in Social Services.

I consider Barbara's life a true success story.  Until this COVID year curtailed our meetings, she was part of a small "book club" that met at the library.  She always preferred reading fiction but was a good sport with a discerning intellect and would tackle anything.

May she rest in peace now.
Becky George

#11 from: Audrey Deel
Sat, Jan 23, 2021 at 10:58 AM

I’m so sorry to hear of Barb’s passing. In the almost 10 years that I’ve worked at the library, Barb has always been someone I have greatly admired. You’re not supposed to have favorite patrons, but Barb was definitely one of mine. Her love of books was contagious. She will be so greatly missed by myself and the rest of our staff.

#12 from: Juli Smith D'Ascendis
Neshanic Station, NJ
Sat, Jan 23, 2021 at 11:27 AM

Barb was mom's best friend and a second mom to us Smith kids. I have so many sweet memories of Barb and all the great adventures we had with she and mom. One highlight was watching the moon landing at Barb's house. I'm so grateful for her friendship with mom that spanned a lifetime. My sincere condolences to Tim and all her family. Love you, Barb.

#13 from: Janet Dysert
Sat, Jan 23, 2021 at 1:53 PM

I came to know Barb thru book club at the library. She was so much fun to know. So sorry to hear of her passing. Thoughts and prayers for the family.

#14 from: josephine sloop jerry sloop
Sat, Jan 23, 2021 at 3:00 PM

So sorry to hear about Barb i remember when Kenny lived down the street and Barb would be down there. Prayers to the family.

#15 from: Steve Brown
Sat, Jan 23, 2021 at 4:42 PM

Barb was a great lady and a good friend.  I pray Tim and all the grandkids are comforted.  

#16 from: Andrea Graham
Sun, Jan 24, 2021 at 4:55 AM

I was devastated to hear the news of Barb’s passing - she was such a light in this world and in this community. I’ll miss chatting with her as she filled her library bag full of books, wondering “how in the world could she fit one more book in there?!” I’ll miss the smile on her face when I delivered new books to her; she was always eager to start a new book even when she hadn’t yet finished the last one. Barb was such a sharp, intelligent woman full of stories and opinions and experiences that could fill a book on their own. And my, what a book that would have been. My heart breaks for Barb’s family and I offer you my sincere condolences. I find a little comfort knowing Barb is where all the best authors are right now, reading all the books they never got to write.

#17 from: Debby Penix Hughes
Mon, Jan 25, 2021 at 10:55 AM

My sympathy to the family.I worked for Barb for 6 years. I learned alot from her. She was a very dear person. Loved her like family. You sure will be missed

#18 from: Wayne Evans
North Canton, Ohio
Mon, Jan 25, 2021 at 4:44 PM

Tim, I'm sorry for you not having your Mom around in the future. We've lost track of each other over the years, but I often think of you with fond remembrances. Take care.

#19 from: Marcie Patton
Richwood, Oh
Mon, Jan 25, 2021 at 4:49 PM

So sorry to hear about Barb.  As a youngster growing up "down the road" from Barb, Frank, Judi and Time, I recall many fond memories.  Barb always had such a kind heart, never a cross or mean word.  My sincere condolences to Tim and family and friends.
Marcie Davis Patton

#20 from: Dave and Deb (Tevis) Clayton
Mon, Jan 25, 2021 at 5:56 PM

Tim and extended families,
So sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. Now she can read forever in Heaven. Sending prayers and a donation to the library in her memory.

#21 from: Fr. Nicholas Taylor
Colorado Springs, CO
Mon, Jan 25, 2021 at 6:02 PM

Sincere condolences to the Matteson family.  I have only fond memories of Barbara.  May her soul rest in peace.

#22 from: Pat Kyle Beatley
Mon, Jan 25, 2021 at 7:34 PM

I am sorry to gear of Barbs passing, but she had a nice long life.  I got to visit with her when she was at the Gables a year ago. Always a pleasure to talk with.

#23 from: Sam J Foos
Tue, Jan 26, 2021 at 12:07 PM

Barb was the kind of neighbor everyone would like to have. We will miss her. She told us many times how much Tim was helping her.

#24 from: Judy Payne
Richwood OH
Tue, Jan 26, 2021 at 6:33 PM

Barb was always so much fun. She always called me “Shirley” & I called her “Janice”. Yet we had serious conversations too. I will miss her much. I am sorry for your loss of this special gal.

#25 from: Janet McKnight Mangini
Wed, Jan 27, 2021 at 11:12 PM

Tim and family, my sympathy for your loss. I grew up just down the road on Kinney Pike. I’ve always admired Barb’s strength and spirit in overcoming setbacks in her life with such grace. An admirable example of a life well lived!
Janet McKnight Mangini

#26 from: Melanie Persinger
Richwood, OH
Fri, Jan 29, 2021 at 2:30 PM

Sending our sincerest sympathy to Barb's family.  She was a great neighbor and wonderful person.

The Persinger's

#27 from: Sandy Grzegorzewski
Thu, Feb 4, 2021 at 8:05 AM

So very sorry  and sad to hear the passing of Barb. She was a delight. She always made me smile when she came to the library.  She will be missed by many. R.I.P. Barbara.

#28 from: Judy Hall Baker
Sat, Feb 6, 2021 at 7:09 PM

So sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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