Virginia Mae Flaugh Van Matre, age 85, of Cambridge Springs, died peacefully at home on Wednesday, December 29, 2021, with her husband by her side. She was born in Cambridge Springs on February 16, 1936, the daughter of the late Crawford and Marian Leslie Flaugh. Ginger graduated with the Cambridge Springs High School class of 1954, and married her best friend and childhood sweetheart, H. William Van Matre, Jr., on January 4, 1959. After his service in the United States Navy was completed, they returned to their hometown to join his parents and grandparents in the family business, the Van Matre Funeral Home. They spent the rest of their life together faithfully serving their community, raising their family, and living out their faith in Jesus Christ. Bill and Ginger were blessed with three children – two sons, and a special daughter, Betsy Lee Van Matre, who even though died at the age of five, taught those around her about prayer and faith.
Ginger spent her lifetime loving and supporting her husband and her children, taking pleasure in making home-cooked meals, creating a cozy home, and providing wonderful holidays and celebrations for her grandchildren. She was known for her gift of encouragement and took pleasure in writing and sending notes and cards to people she knew. She was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Cambridge Springs and spent many years teaching Sunday School and Bible School. In her younger days, she sang in the church choir and was known for her beautiful alto voice and for her harmonies. She knew the scriptures and lyrics to every hymn by heart. Ginger had always been an early riser and an avid walker. Dogs, especially black cocker spaniels, were one of the great joys of her life, and she was never without a black cocker spaniel at her side. Her hope was in the Lord, her comfort was in scripture, and she is surely at home now with her Lord Jesus.
In addition to her parents and daughter Betsy, she was preceded in death by her sister Mona Lee Schrubb.
Ginger is survived by Bill, her loving husband of 63 years; their two sons – H. William Van Matre III and his wife, Brenda of Cambridge Springs and Brian Crawford Van Matre and his wife, Kelley of Waterford; ten grandchildren – H. William Van Matre IV and his wife, Caitie of Fort Belvoir, VA; Emily Mumau and her husband, Joshua of Cambridge Springs; Lydia Sellers and her husband, Paul of Cambridge Springs; Louise Harris and her husband, Samuel of Holland, MI; Mark Van Matre of Cedarville, OH; Stephen Van Matre of Fort Sill, OK; Daniel Van Matre and his wife, Mallory of Reading, PA; Carolyn Winkelbauer and her husband, Joseph of Painesville, OH; David Van Matre and his wife, Caroline of Edinboro; and Audrey Lowrance and her husband, Timothy of Pittsburgh; and 17 great-grandchildren – Howard William Van Matre V and Jackson Van Matre; James and Levi Mumau; Henry, Edward, Benjamin and Faye Sellers; Elijah and Declan Harris; Violet and River Van Matre; Silas and Samuel Winkelbauer; Hope Van Matre; and Eleanor and Russell Lowrance.
Friends are invited to call at the Van Matre Funeral Home of Cambridge Springs on Sunday, January 2, 2022, from 6-8 pm and Monday, January 3, from 2-4 and 6-8 pm. A funeral service will be held there on Tuesday, January 4 at 11 am with interment to follow at Millers Station Cemetery.