Mattie C. Sommerville passed away July 31, 2013, at the Northwest Ohio Hospice Center. She was born January 17, 1929, in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky to the union of John and Etha Cunningham. Both parents and her eight siblings all preceded her in death.
Mrs. Sommerville taught school in Kentucky, Alabama, Michigan and Ohio before retiring from the Toledo Public Schools after 21 years of service as a Junior High teacher. According to many of her former students who often so warmly greeted her, she was an effective and highly respected teacher, loved by almost all the students she taught. Mattie was a graduate of Kentucky State University, with a Bachelor of Arts degree; a Masters degree, from the University of Michigan, and an Educational Specialist Degree from the University of Toledo.
Mrs. Sommerville was an active member of The Toledo Chapter of The Links, Inc., Coterie, and a Life member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Through those organizations, she was quite active in community outreach and services. She especially enjoyed traveling and vacations with friends and family. She was always ready to play golf with her husband and friends. Though she was far from a scratch golfer, she always wanted to compete. She was very active in her church, serving as Vacation Bible School Director, teacher and staff member, Missionary Society Officer, and a member of the Adult 1 Sunday School Class.
Mattie Sommerville leaves to mourn her loss her
beloved husband of 57 years, Joseph "Dr. Joe"; sons, Joseph Jr. "Joey" (Jean) Sommerville of Alpharetta, GA, and Barry (LaJuandrea) Sommerville of Lathrup Village, MI; grandchildren, Danielle, Leonard, and Alexandra; several nephews and nieces, other family members; special friends, Jeanne Scott, Delores Scott, and Delores Jones, and a host of other friends and church members.
Visitation will be 5:00-8:00 p.m., Friday, August 2, 2013, with ceremonies for AKA Sorority at 6:00 p.m., Coterie at 6:30 p.m., and the Links at 7:00 p.m. The wake and funeral will be held Saturday, August 3, 2013. The wake will be from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. The funeral service will start at noon. Both the visitation and funeral will be held at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, 1502 North Detroit Ave., Toledo, OH 43607.
The family requests that any memorial contributions be made to the St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church Special Projects Fund or to any other
. Arrangements by the Dale-Riggs Funeral Home.
Published in Toledo Blade from Aug. 1 to Aug. 2, 2013