Beverly Joan Matlack

September 16, 1936 ‒ February 27, 2020

Delaware, Ohio

Beverly “Joan” Matlack age 83 of Delaware passed away Thursday, February 27, 2020 at Kobacker House surrounded by her family.

She was born on September 16, 1936 in Cheshire, Ohio to the late Paul J. and Beverly (Basham) Davenport. Joan graduated from Willis High School in 1954 and would go on to attend and graduate with honors from Tri-Rivers School of Practical Nursing with her LPN Degree. She worked as a nurse for Sunny Vee Nursing Home before its closing in 2007. Joan was a lifelong member of Scioto Valley Christian Union Church and attended regularly before her passing.

Joan married Karroll W. Matlack Sr. and they spent 45 wonderful years together before his passing in 2002. She was also preceded in death by her first husband John Raymond Link Jr., loving son K.W. “Stoney” Matlack in 2004, infant daughter Julia L. Matlack, brothers Douglas and Nelson Davenport, sister-in-law Joyce Davenport, and great-granddaughter Addison Willauer.

Left to cherish her memory are children John (Kim) Link, Janine (Mike) Conklin, Debbie Matlack and Clinton (Kristi) Matlack; grandchildren Carrie (Adam) Willauer, Nathan Riddle, Amy (Adam) Buechel, Adam Furer, Mikayla Conklin, Nathan Matlack, Leah Matlack; 9 great-grandchildren; brothers Kenneth L. and Paul J. (Doris) Davenport, sisters-in-law Nancy and Jenny Davenport; Aunt Eva VanHouton; a host of nieces, nephews and cousins; and longtime companion and friend Lee Ray.

Joan loved her family dearly. She enjoyed taking family trips to Lakeside every year near Lake Erie, and staying in the Yellow Cottage on Plum Street, until the family grew and had to change locations of their annual trip. Joan also enjoyed gardening, crosswords, and blowing the occasional bubbles outside, which she said “was cheaper than therapy.”  A Godly woman, Joan was amazing, faithful, strong-willed, stubborn, and compassionate, she will be missed by all that knew her.

A celebration of Joan’s life will take place on Friday, March 13th at Richwood Church of Christ in Richwood, OH at 11:00 am with Pastor Jeff Slider officiating, the family will greet friends from 10:00 am until the time of the service. Burial will immediately follow at Oller Cemetery, Delaware, Ohio.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be directed to Scioto Valley Christian Union Church, 5447 Riverside Drive, Delaware, Ohio 43015, or Ohio Health Hospice or Kobacker House, 800 McConnell Drive, Columbus, Ohio.

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The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center in Delaware is assisting the family with arrangements.

  • So sorry for your loss, she was such an amazing woman and I remember a lot of the times her and my mom and aunt Janine went to the lighthouses. She was always very funny. Always in my thoughts and prayers

  • Eith a heavy heart i send my deepest condolances to the Matlack family. I know her memory will carry on in the Delaware community as let life has touched many.
    I am honored to have met your mom, and she was truly a great lady.
    God speed.

  • So sorry to hear of Joan’s passing she was a wonderful lady. So glad to have known her.

    Paul Ray and Vickie Strohl

  • The last time I talked with her she told me she knew where she was going and she was fine. I admire that she was so comfortable in her faith. She had a way of putting your thoughts at ease with what she was going thru.
    Loved her, and the person she was. God definitely has another angel.

  • Clint and family, so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  • sorry for your loss, she was a very very special cousin. I will miss her very much.

  • my dear cousin and family my heart andprayers go out to each and every one. Joan was a great woman of GOD and our BASHAM family. a quite and loving person full of love and laughter will always be in our hearts.

    god bless

  • Our deepest condolences to the family. Our prayers are with you. Much love.

    The Means Family from Texas.

  • My life was truly blessed when God allowed my path to cross with BJ. we attended nursing school together. She had such a quiet yet great sense of humor. Humble and loveable. I loved your mom, she will be missed. God bless you, dear friend, lots of your patients are awaiting their special nurse.

  • My mom will be greeting her in heaven. She adored Joan. What a positive, strong woman she was. I am so glad to have known her, especially the last few years. Mom and I’d be thrilled to bump into one another even if it was at Ohio Health. They cheered one another on. I’m so sorry to the entire family. Great kids, too. Speaks volumes about her!
    Connie Curry

  • So sorry. I will miss her. She was one classy lady. She handled things so perfectly even when her heart was breaking. She was an amazing person. I always wished I could have been like her in so many ways. We were born on the same day September 16 but different years and our initials were the same BJH until she got married My Mom and Dad were very close to Aunt Beverly and Uncle Paul and I spent a lot of time with the family. They became my brothers and sister. Joan use to take care of us. Jim and I were close in age 1 year and we drove her nuts. She was my rock. Miss you lady.

  • I am so blessed to have known Joan, she was a beautiful person and loved her family more than anything, she and my Mom worked together for years and we’re good friends, Janine I am so sorry for your loss. Love you my friend.

  • My heart and prayers go out to the family. I wanted to come to services so bad, but I’ve had health problems in last few months that kept me from going. She and I used to be so close when young. She was such a wonderful person. We talked while back and I was going to come visit her then got my health problems. I wish so much I could have visited her.
    I know my Mother will be happy to see her in heaven.
    With love, Betty Davenport Blackburn

  • Janine and Family – I am very sorry to hear of your Mothers passing. My God bring you all peace in your time of need.

  • Janine and family. I’m so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. You’re in my prayers.

  • An amazing and wonderful lady! Heaven is a better place now that she is there. Thoughts and prayers for the family. Amazing grace!

  • So very sorry to hear of your mom’s passing Janine. You are in our thoughts. Treasure your memories. May they bring you comfort and smiles. ❤️

    Colleen Moore
    Todd Wheeler