Virginia Lauretta Kreps Mateer Barr

June 13, 1926 ‒ February 06, 2018

Galion, Ohio

Virginia Lauretta Kreps Mateer-Barr, 91 of Galion passed away after a short illness on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at the Galion Hospital. She had been a resident for the past few years at Magnolia Terrace.

She was born at the family residence at 1111 Harding Way East in Galion on June 13, 1926 and was the daughter of Clayton and Mary Edna (Noblit) Kreps. Virginia married Don H. Mateer on June 7, 1951 and he preceded her in death on July 1, 1971. She later married Fred Barr on August 30, 1997 and he preceded her in death on January 3, 2016.

Virginia, “Ginny,” was a mix of sugar and spice and salt and vinegar. We are guessing she is up in heaven, speaking with the gatekeeper, recommending her changes to the induction process into heaven. We can picture the conversation starting with, “I don’t want to tell you what to do, but if it was me I would…” She was a no-nonsense parent, which served her children well. She had high standards and did not settle for mediocrity, whether it be from her children or from others. She would speak her mind and did not sugar-coat anything. She could change a tire, refinish a cabinet, mend a seam, play bridge, find the best deal at a yard sale, and the list goes on. She could multi-task like no other and was a true force of nature. Her tenacity, resilience and drive were unmatched, as was her work ethic. Virginia was a woman who lived her life on her own terms; fiercely independent, intelligent and strong-willed.

Virginia was extremely proud of the fact all three of her children graduated from college, something she always wanted to do herself. She was proud of her family history; her ancestors arrived in Galion in 1835. At age thirteen, she received a scar from a bank robber’s gun sight as she attempted to run to get help during a bank robbery in downtown Galion. Even as a young teen she was fearless.

Virginia maintained a number of close friendships, many starting in the 1930s and 1940s. She loved any opportunity to send a greeting card: birthday, anniversary, get well, it did not matter. What was important to her was maintaining those so very special bonds of friendships. An example of those long-time friendships was the “Happy Times Bridge Club,” which she and her friends started soon after graduating from high school. She was an active member of that club up until a few years ago when her health began to decline. She so enjoyed the trips the ladies of the Bridge Club would make to “the lake.” The lake was the one place she would slow down and relax.

Virginia was a 1944 graduate of Galion High School and attended, as well as helped to plan, every class reunion that she could. While she moved out of town for a bit a few years after high school, she eventually returned back to Galion for good in the mid-1960s. Galion was always home. She was a member of Christ United Methodist Church, Crawford County Republican Party, and was an Ohio State fan. She worked the elections for many years.

After high school, Virginia worked at a variety of locations, including “the bank” and Galion Iron Works. She worked with her husband, Don, at the former Circle M Cleaners in Shelby and later worked at the former Perfection and Covert Manufacturing in Galion.

Virginia is survived by children Molly (William) Moore of Raleigh, North Carolina, Shawn (Elizabeth) Mateer of Fayetteville, North Carolina and Mike (Anne Marie) Mateer of Galion; step-children Donald F. (Virginia) Barr of Galion and Sherry (John) Ryan of Nashport; 8 grandchildren; 6 step-grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; 8 step great-grandchildren and a sister-in-law, Joyce Kreps.

In addition to her parents and husbands, she was preceded in death by a brother, Jack Kreps.

Much appreciation for all of her friends and extended family who continued to visit, write and call Virginia (Ginny) after she transitioned to Magnolia Terrace. Her friends and family were very dear to her and she truly appreciated you all. An additional thank you to the staff of Magnolia Terrace for their care and kindness to Virginia during her stay.

In lieu of flowers, do something in celebration of your friendship with Ginny: take a trip to the lake, hit the yard sales, have a Bloody Mary, play bridge, spend time with your grandkids, or send a greeting card. Whatever you decide, do it with a smile. You will be missed Virginia Lauretta Kreps Mateer Barr.

A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, April 6, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes, 218 South Market St. Galion, Ohio 44833. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 7 in Fairview Cemetery with Rev. Jeff Pennignton officiating.

Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes in Galion is honored to serve the family of Virginia Mateer-Barr, and condolences may be made to them at

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  • We truly appreciated Virginia’s friendship and kindness to us down through the years. We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you.

  • Mike and Don and family, We are so sorry to hear about the death of your Mom and step Mom. She was always so nice to me while I attended First Lutheran. She was a classmate and good friend of my Mother’s. May she rest in peace. Thinking of all of you.

  • Molly, Mike, Shawn, Don and families,
    I’m sorry to learn of your mother’s passing. She was such a sweet lady and I enjoyed getting to know her better the past 18 years. She always had a smile and kind word to share. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  • Mike and family,
    I am so sad to hear of your mother’s passing. She was such a sweet and happy lady! My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Hugs to you!

  • I am so sorry to see that Mrs Mateer Barr has passed away. She will always be remembered as being so kind. Thoughts and prayers for your entire family.
    Lisa Dye

  • Molly and Family,

    We were saddened to hear of your Mom’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Doug and Michelle Streeter

  • My deepest sympathies to all of you during this time of loss. I have always thought your mother was one of the sweetest ladies I have known. All the years she lived behind us on Cherry Street, I never saw her without a beautiful smile on her face and she always had such a cheery personality. When she moved into Magnolia Terrace, she and my mother became even better friends than they had been. Every time I visited, Virginia was sitting beside Mom and I knew it helped Mom feel better having her there. Virginia came to check on her every day when she became ill and was preparing to leave us. She even called the funeral home to check on us during calling hours. I was so thankful that Mom had someone like her as a friend during her last days here on earth.

    I am keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers during this time of loss and grief. I hope all the beautiful memories you have with your mother will comfort you. God Bless you all…your mother was such a blessing to others.

  • Shawn, Molly, & Max so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. She was such a great friend of my mother. They enjoyed their times at Magnolia. When the weather was nice I could usually find them sitting together outside talking. God bless

  • Max, Shawn, and Molly,

    So sorry to hear about your mom’s passing. I have known her all my life (as well as the three of you) and appreciated her special friendship with my mom. It was like she was always there being supportive and understanding no matter what the circumstances…that is true friendship. I will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers and remember the wonderful times my mom has shared with me about their long lasting, loving friendship.

    Lee Anne

  • Ginny was a very close friend of my mother. I can remember many fun bridge club events and even got to play with them once in awhile. Ginny remained close to our family even after my mother passed away.

    She was a really neat lady. I’m sorry for your loss.