Mattie Mae Kingery, 72

Wednesday, February 5, 2003

Mattie M. Kingery, 72, of Meridian, formerly of Mountain Home, died Friday, Jan. 31, 2003, at home, surrounded by her husband and family.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Feb. 4, at the Second Baptist Church, 10375 W. Overland Rd., Boise. Following the funeral a graveside service was held at the Meridian Cemetary.

Services were under the direction of Summers Funeral Homes, Ustick Chapel.

Mattie was born in Tipp City, Ohio on April 25, 1930. She attended school in Piqua and was a cheerleader at both Bennett Jr. High and Piqua High School and graduated in 1949. In the years following Mattie worked as a bookkeeper at various places in Piqua, before meeting the love of her life, Therman Kingery. They married on April 5, 1953, and the following year a daughter, Brenda Kae, was born. Piqua was their home until moving to Covington, Ohio, in 1962. During that time they became actively involved in the Piqua Christian and Missionary Alliance Church.

In 1970, they moved to Mountain Home and purchased the Pleasant Acres Mobile Home Park. In the early years there, life was not easy, and in addition to managing the mobile home park, both Mattie and Therman worked for the Mountain Home School District.

During that time they spread the gospel to others with home Bible studies. In 1977, they started the Mountain Home Christian and Missionary Alliance Church.

In 1985, Mattie and Therman moved to Boise due to illness and later they moved to Meridian and lived with her daughter's family. "It was at this time that Mattie was blessed with having her grandchildren Leah and Noah in her life every day until her death. Mattie loved and adored her two grandchildren," her family noted.

Mattie is survived by: her husband, Therman Kingery, daughter Brenda Mallard and her husband, Steve, and two grandchildren, all of Meridian; four siblings, Virginia Hall of Lawton, Okla., Richard T. Hughes of Sidney, Ohio, Louie Hughes and Don Hughes of Piqua, Ohio, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Richard T. and Nancy Josephine Hughes; sisters Dolly D. Hughes, Mary DeHart and Elizabeth Brown; and brother William Hughes.