Lois T. Matney
Virginia Beach - Mary Lois Tomlin Matney, 76, of the 500 block of Avalon Avenue, was called home to the Lord on February 14, 2014. Born February 15, 1937, in Amherst County, Virginia, to the late Henry Dewey and Nevie Staton Tomlin, she enjoyed a wonderful thirty-four-year career as a registered nurse in the critical care newborn nursery at Norfolk General Hospital until her retirement in 1997.
A 1954 honor graduate of Madison Heights High School, she completed her R.N. degree at the Lynchburg General Hospital School of Nursing in 1957. Upon her marriage to her sweetheart Keith D. Matney on August 10, 1963, she began her career at Norfolk General. One of the many highlights of her professional life came in 1981, while working closely with Elizabeth Jordan Carr, the first baby born in America via in-vitro fertilization. Many parents will long remember the joy she shared with them in welcoming God's miracle of new life into the world and her deep love for, as she affectionately called them, "His little ones."
A current member of Suburban Christian Church, Virginia Beach, and past member of Randolph Memorial Baptist Church, Madison Heights, she was a woman of great depth, character, and kindness. She cherished the mountains, memories of growing up as one of eleven siblings on a farm, her flowers, and cheering on her children and grandchildren in all their endeavors.
She was preceded in death by her husband of forty-one years, Keith, in 2005. She is survived by her son, Brian Keith and his wife Kathryn of Va. Beach and her daughter, Rebecca Uenking and husband Michael of Newport News, as well as her beloved grandchildren, William Keith and James Tomlin Matney and Mary Ashleigh and Matthew Uenking. She is also survived by her twin brother, Louis Tomlin and his wife Joann of Evington and younger brother, Ralph Tomlin and his wife Judy of Lynchburg.
The family will receive friends from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at the Kempsville Chapel of Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home and other times at 523 Avalon Avenue, Virginia Beach. A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 at the First Baptist Church of Norfolk, with Pastors Robert Grymes and Phillip Herring officiating. Interment will follow at the Eastern Shore Chapel Cemetery, Virginia Beach. Condolences may be offered at www.hollomon-brown.com
We will forever treasure the beautiful memories and the wonderful legacy she leaves with us, as she now rests in the arms of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.