Lillie Ruth Mathis


Lillie Ruth “Ruby” Mathis, age 83 ran her race, finished her course and went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, June 16, 2019. She was born October 11, 1935 in Memphis, TN to Thomas and Georgia (Williams) Brown. Lillie attended Lester Grammar, Manassas High School and Tennessee State University.

A 50+ year resident of Gary, Indiana, Mathis was employed with Gary Methodist Hospitals for twenty-two years, serving in various capacities. She played a significant role in unionizing Methodist Hospitals and served as a delegate. She also served as a Child Advocate with the CASA, Inc. Organization for the State of Indiana. She was a long-standing, active member of Carter Memorial CME Church until the time of her relocation to Columbus, Ohio in 2003; serving on the Willing Workers auxiliary, as church videographer and working alongside other parishioners responsible for preparing meals for special events.

Lillie’s most precious role was that of Mother “Mama”, Grandmother “grandma” and Great Grandmother “Grandma”. She always made time to share her knowledge, wisdom, love and resources with her ever-growing family.

Lille was predeceased by her husband Lloyd Mathis Sr.; parents Thomas Sr. and Georgia Brown; brothers Thomas Brown Jr. and Lewis Brown.

She leaves to cherish her memory five children and one stepdaughter: Rosemary Mathis-Murrell, Leon Boatner Jr. (Sharon), tina McCoy (James), Stephanie Mathis-McDonald (Floyd), Paula Mathis and Lloyd Mathis Jr. (Trenise). She is survived by one sister Helen Herron and one brother Samuel Brown (Gayle), 3 brothers-in-law Paul Mathis (Evelyn), Spencer Mathis (Marginell), and Homer Mathis; 15 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren, 3 great-great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, friends and extended family.

Visitation 6:00pm and Funeral Service 7:00pm Saturday, June 22, 2019 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST 5456 E. Livingston Ave

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Condolence Messages

  1. We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the family. May the support of family and friends be a source of strength and the God of comfort a refuge in your time of need. With caring thoughts

  2. To the Mathis families:Be assured that God never intended for human to suffer the pain of death. 1Corinthians 15:26 .Almighty God will remove death forever. Revelations 21:3-5. My sincerest condolence.

  3. Sending my condolences & prayers to all of your loved ones at this time. Your work here is done sugar! I Love you dearly
    Sharon Clark & Family

  4. Sherrice Freeman Barnett

    Sorry for your loss your family have my deepest condolences Praying God heal y’all hearts

  5. George M Johnson

    My condolences to you and your entire family. May God give comfort during this most difficult time.

  6. Velma L Cotton

    Sorry for the loss of your loved one

    From Velma Cotton and Family

  7. Rosie Williams

    To the Family may God continue to bless you during this time keep the faith God never makes mistakes your mom was and angel sent from heaven which received her Wings to return home praying for your strength.

  8. Jereyl D Ballard/Ushers, Carter Memorial

    TO THE FAMILY OF MRS LILLIE RUTH MATHIS: It is with great tenderness of heart that we offer condolences during this time of great loss. Although we are sad, we must remember that being absent in the flesh is being present with the Lord, so we also rejoice with you. Truly God is near. Grieving is surely understandable, a human bond has been broken. Yet, when we think about where she is, we cannot help but smile! Let God in to meet your every need!

  9. You got love Ms. Mathis. Rest In Peace

  10. Walter Anderson soldier

    May the Lord bless you and your family in your time of berevence.

  11. Sammie Taylor

    May God be with you and your family. Rest in Peace Mrs. Mathis

  12. Mary A. Robertson

    Im so sorry for the loss of your mother Leon my deepest sympathy to the family keep faith God will carry you all

  13. Jacqueline Dawson

    To the Boatner and Mathis family we’re sorry to hear about your family’s loss. You’ll be in our prayers.

  14. God Bless the Mathis and Boatner families during this difficult time. We offer our sincere prayers and condolences in the loss of your mother.
    The Burns/ Anderson family
    Carter Memorial Church, Gary, Indiana

  15. Sending my prayers to all of the family. I love you all.

  16. Heartfelt Condolence to the family. Mrs Mathis, an Awesome Woman. We the Neal/May Family share this loss with you. We Loved her like she was a part of our own family. May she rest in Peace with our Lord and Saviour. Marian May & Sons.

  17. Jessie and Donna Baker

    To The Mathis Family, I’m sorry to hear about the passing of your dear love one. Mommy Mathis was a beautiful person in and out. I want you to know that the Love and Baker Family are praying for you. We pray that God will continue to keep you in his arms. We Love you.

  18. To The Mathis Family, Sorry to hear about Mommy Mathis. Mommy Mathis was a person that had so much Love for the people of God. She had a beautiful spirit. I’m Mrs
    Love granddaughter and Eloise Love cousin. I will continue to pray for the entire Mathis Family. Always remember that God loves you and so do I. From Donna Baker, Gary, Indiana

    • Felicia Miller

      Please know you are all in our hearts. We think of of everyone often. We pray for your hearts to heal!
      Love Your 5th & Harrison Family,

  19. Irish J. Richardson

    To the Mathis family. My heart is with you and your family at this time of your loss. There is comfort in knowing God’s promises about the resurrection hope. (Acts 24:15) and (John 5:28,29) In the past God has resurrected humans and He is eager to do it again because He hates death. (Mark 5:41-43) It is not God’s purpose originally for mankind to grow old, get sick and die. To learn more about God’s promises go to JW.ORG. There are online Bible study lessons featured and more. Love, Your Neighbor Irish J. Richardson

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