In the finest weavings of our lives that we delicately intertwine of gold and silver strands, a time has come with a strand of sorrow on Thursday, December 1, 2011, we lost our beloved Mother, Patricia Ann Mathews-Naples releasing her spirit to the Angels above.
Born on Flag Day-June 14, 1935, a lifelong resident of Wheeling, growing up on Wheeling Island with many friends where they had the time of their lives hanging out at Mathews Central. She was a 1953 graduate of Wheeling High School and a 1955 graduate of West Liberty State College of Dental Hygiene. She was an accomplished sales manager with Tupperware and Act II Jewelry of which, she was recognized in the highest capacity and also, spent 15 years working at Wheeling Downs in the Mutuals Department. She spent much of her retirement years taking care of her parents, entertaining and cultivating her lifelong friendships, visiting with her children in Illinois and California, as well as wintering in California.
Throughout her life, Patti made everyone she knew feel special. Her involvement with all the students of WPHS during her 20+ year tenure includes her passion as a teacher and administrating the School Store, traveling with the Drama Department to New York, her love of the High School Band and Athletics Department. It was the student body that gave her the pride of the red, white and blue being a WPHS Patriot herself.
She is survived by her children, Janet M. Sayers and Mr. John D. McCarthy of Carlsbad, CA, John J. and Amy A. Naples of Carlinville, IL, Judith K. Naples and Mr. Ashley V. Sargent of Wheeling, Robert M. and Nancy A. Naples of Normal, IL, Neil A. and JoAnne T. Naples of Peoria, IL, Patrick A. Naples of Wheeling, Susan E. Naples-Bendos of San Diego, CA, 13 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren and her two furry felines, Zoe and Chloe complete the family. Also surviving is her sister, Harlean L. Carroll, her brother-in-law, Henry “Woody” Woods, both of Wheeling, including many nieces and nephews of the Slonaker and Carroll Families.
Preceding her in death, are her parents, Harley E. and Mary T. Pasquale-Mathews, her sister, Sara J. Slonaker-Woods, brother in law, George E. Carroll, her parent in-laws, John J. and Florence Naples, and her beloved cousin, Thomas J. Mathews, all of Wheeling.
As she will always remain within our hearts in all her glory of the red, white and blue – Mom is our “Spirit of ’76”.
Family and Friends will be received for viewing at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 154 Kruger Street on Tuesday, December 6, 2011 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm and 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Funeral Services Wednesday, December 7, 2011, at 10:00am, Altmeyer Funeral Home, Elm Grove Chapel. Memorial contributions in the loving memory of Patricia A. Naples may be made to the Ohio County Animal Shelter, 7011 National Road, Triadelphia, WV 26059.
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