Jacqueline Mathis Obituary (1934 – 2021) – Toledo, OH


(News) Jacqueline Mathis, an avid volunteer in youth activities while raising her children and then in the community, from the LPGA golf tournament to the 577 Foundation, died Saturday at her home in Perrysburg Township. She was 87 years old.

She had heart failure, said daughter Ramona Bier. She had a stroke in 2019.

She was a lecturer at Wolcott House in Maumee and a gardener at the 577 Foundation.

“She loved history and the Toledo community,” said her daughter Ramona. “She was a # 1 fan of everything Toledo has to offer.”

She was marshal for years during the annual LPGA tournament at Sylvania’s Highland Meadows Golf Club, then the Jamie Farr Classic, including a stint with NBA star Charles Barkley who played several Pro-Am events there in the 1990s.

Ms. Mathis enrolled at the University of Toledo in the late 1990s, encouraged by her daughter Rebecca, whose advisor also ran a program for students aged 60 and over.

“She told me she was a little nervous at first [about] how it would be accepted, “said daughter Ramona.” But she said the people were wonderful. They generally got a kick out of her being in class. “

Mrs. Mathis and daughter Rebecca even took part in a gymnastics class together. “She was young at heart,” said daughter Rebecca.

“She was resilient and resourceful. We’re all people who have a positive outlook on life. That definitely comes from our mother,” said daughter Rebecca.

Ms. Mathis attended classes at a steady pace and received a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies for Adults in 2008.

She used to work at Kroger; at the Toledo Lucas County Public Library and at NFO, as the National Family Opinion came to be known, in Northwood.

She volunteered in the Glann School library, as well as Campfire Girls and Indian Guides, and participated in the PTA. She helped at St. Francis de Sales High School; Eagle Point Elementary School at Rossford and Epiphany Lutheran Church

“She just loved being involved in our lives so she found it best to make sure things were good for us and it was a great opportunity for her to meet people in school,” said Daughter Ramona. “She made many, many friends.”

Her son Stephen added, “She was a bundle of energy and quite talkative.”

She was born on March 24, 1934 in Springfield, Ohio, to Margaret and Osmer Brockway. The family moved several times. She attended Overbrook High School in Philadelphia, but graduated from Williamsport High School in Pennsylvania in 1952, which she attended in her final semester.

She and her first husband met in Philadelphia. He grew up in Springfield Township and the couple moved to Toledo to be close to their family.

She attended CedarCreek Church.

She was previously married to the late Earl Cain. She and Jules Mathis married on November 23, 1984, his birthday. In his obituary she wrote: “He became a stepfather, grandfather, husband and a year older in one day.” He died on December 26, 2009.

Their sons, Mark Cain and David Cain, died in childhood.

Her son Stephen Cain is surviving; Daughters, Rebecca Lewis and Ramona Beer; Sisters, Louise Funderburgh and Cherie Lowe; Brother John Brockway; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

The funerals begin on Saturday at 10:30 am at CedarCreek Church in Perrysburg. The viewing takes place after 9:30 a.m. Participants must wear masks. The arrangements are by Sujkowski Walker Funeral Home, Rossford.

The family suggests tributes to CedarCreek Church or the Victory Center.

This is a message from Mark Zaborney. Contact him at [email protected].

Posted in The Blade on May 27, 2021.