Genevieve D. ‘Jenny’ Mattis, 88, ‘her diligent praying spirit brought many to Christ’

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Genevieve D. Mattis
Genevieve D. Mattis

Genevieve D. ‘Jenny’ Mattis was born February 29, 1928, and taken from us Monday, April 4, 2016. It was a life well lived; a life well loved. Her smile welcomed the world, radiating the grace and mercy of Jesus.

Jenny was a safe place in any storm, both physically and spiritually. Her diligent praying spirit brought many to Christ and her harbor protected the many she prayed for, whether they knew it or not. Her grandchildren came to her for guidance and reassurance as did church members and strangers alike. Whether she was making a wedding cake taller than herself, delivering a baby for a neighbor or simply holding the hand of a friend in need, Jenny was a special lady.

Her heart was to serve and love. She and John Sr. formed the ‘Feeding the 5000’ ministry at College Hill Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati. For some 15 years, they supported the equipping ministry, allowing conferences to serve over 900 meals on any given weekend. People were fed spiritually and physically with their tireless hours of food preparation and warm-hearted smiles.

Jenny moved to Wilmington in 1993 and continued being a vital part of several different churches. When her mobility was challenged, she prayed faithfully for those around her. Her heart always had room for one more person. She will be cherished and missed by all who knew her.

Jenny was preceded in death by her husband, John Sr. and son, John II.

Jenny is survived by her son, Steven J Mattis, and his wife, Cynthia; daughter-in-law, Linda; six grandchildren, Michael (Abi )Mattis, Anna (David)Raines, Peter Mattis, Rachael (Gregg) Bissett, Becca Mattis and Robin Mattis; 10 great-grandchildren; two stepsisters, Jan (Dick) Marsh and Carol (Paul) Lockard; and numerous nieces and nephews.

If you are reading this column, please hear her say, ‘Do you know my Savior? He loves you. And He has reduced me to love.’ Please join us for a celebration of her life at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 10, at Myrtle Grove Presbyterian Church 800 Piner Road.

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