OBITUARY

Mattie King Stoltzfus

October 6, 1935July 19, 2021
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For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39

Mattie King Stoltzfus, age 85, Johnson City, TN, joined the heavenly chorus on July 19, 2021. Born in Leola, PA, a daughter of the late Daniel B. and Fannie S. King Stoltzfus. Mattie was preceded in death by three sisters, Fannie Fisher, Annie Humphries, and Rebecca Nissley, and eight brothers, Jessie Stoltzfus, Christian Stoltzfus, Moses Stoltzfus, Daniel Stoltzfus, Joseph Stoltzfus, John Stoltzfus, David Stoltzfus and Reuben Stoltzfus.

She was the wife of Neil Stoltzfus whom she married on March 3, 1956.

Mattie was a strong prayer warrior and someone to go to when you had a prayer request. Besides raising their own four children, she was known as “Ms. Mattie” as she took care of other infants to pre-school aged children in her home for over 40 years. Holidays were special: the table was extended and the children and grandchildren were sure to be there. Who can forget coloring Easter eggs, summer meals on the back deck, Thanksgivings reading the “Bread of Life” cards and expressing something each person was thankful for. Then Christmas Eve would arrive, the table once again set, and a lavish meal was prepared. The children and grandchildren acted out the Christmas story and sang around the piano as the dishes were put away. Laughter filled the house as window shades were pulled down, claiming that since it was dark, we could begin opening presents.

Mattie grew up in the Amish faith, and then joined the Mennonite Church. Her faith journey led Neil and her to Mountain City in 1969 to help with the local Mennonite churches. For the past 37 years, she has been a member of Grandview Christian Church in Johnson City, TN.

Mattie enjoyed close and enduring friendships with her thirteen siblings and their spouses and is survived by two sisters, Leah, wife of Amos Esh, Mt. Joy, PA. and Mary, wife of Mark Stoltzfus, Narvon, PA.; four sisters-in-law, Sadie Stoltzfus, Betty Stoltzfus, Dorothy Stoltzfus and Rachel Stoltzfus. Mattie will be deeply missed by her four children, Lorraine Stoltzfus and husband Ernie, of Johnson City; Edwin Stoltzfus, of Johnson City; Karen King and husband Kevin, of Harrisonburg, VA; and Ken Stoltzfus and wife Carol, of Johnson City. She was much loved and will be missed by eight grandchildren and seven great-grandsons.

The family will receive friends Saturday, July 24, 2021 from 11:00 AM until 12:00 PM at Grandview Christian Church. A Celebration of Life will follow at 12:00 PM with Pastor Aaron Wymer officiating. Anyone unable to attend the service is invited to view the livestream of the service by visiting https://www.facebook.com/MonteVistaMemorial/

A Private Family Committal Service and Interment will be held in Section 18 at Monte Vista Memorial Park.

Arrangements especially for Mrs. Mattie King Stoltzfus and her family have been made through Monte Vista Funeral Home & Memorial Park, 1900 E. Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, TN; 423-282-2631.

  • FAMILY

  • Daniel B. Stoltzfus, Father (deceased)
  • Fannie S. King Stoltzfus, Mother (deceased)
  • Fannie Fisher, Sister (deceased)
  • Annie Humphries, Sister (deceased)
  • Rebecca Nissley, Sister (deceased)
  • Jessie Stoltzfus, Brother (deceased)
  • Christian Stoltzfus, Brother (deceased)
  • Moses Stoltzfus, Brother (deceased)
  • Daniel Stoltzfus, Brother (deceased)
  • Joseph Stoltzfus, Brother (deceased)
  • John Stoltzfus, Brother (deceased)
  • David Stoltzfus, Brother (deceased)
  • Reuben Stoltzfus, Brother (deceased)
  • Neil Stoltzfus, Husband
  • Leah Esh and husband Amos, Sister and Brother-in-law
  • Mary Stoltzfus and husband Mark, Sister and Brother-in-law
  • Sadie Stoltzfus, Sister-in-law
  • Dorothy Stoltzfus, Sister-in-law
  • Betty Stoltzfus, Sister-in-law
  • Rachel Stoltzfus, Sister-in-law
  • Lorraine Stoltzfus and husband Ernie, Daughter and Son-in-law
  • Edwin Stoltzfus, Son
  • Karen King and husband Kevin, Daughter and Son-in-law
  • Ken Stoltzfus and wife Carol, Son and Daughter-in-law
  • Eight Grandchildren and Six Great-Grandsons

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation

    Saturday, July 24, 2021

  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, July 24, 2021

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OTHER SERVICES:

  • A Private Family Committal Service & Inurnment

Memories

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Barbara Nichols Dyson Miller

August 29, 2021

Dear Edwin and Lorraine, I'm so sorry to read of the passing of your beloved Mother. You and your extended family are in my prayers.

Melody Faust

July 24, 2021

Mattie was an angel sent to me by God. When my youngest came along I brought her to Ms Mattie’s to see if my baby would be a good fit for Mattie’s daycare. Heidi spent five years under the loving care and warmth of Ms Mattie’s home. The love, nurturing, lessons, and friendships remain with her today. My soul is eternally grateful for this angel that blessed us. My heart is heavy but my memories are beautiful. Fly high Ms Mattie. Enjoy the kingdom of your home in heaven.

Naomi Byler

July 22, 2021

I have such fond memories of your family and especially your mom and Karen,(Karen is my age and in our cousin group.) Sending love, hugs and prayers, may you sense the presence of Jesus as you grieve losing your dear mother.

Jane Winters

July 22, 2021

Oh, Neil and family, I am so saddened to learn of Mattie's death, It thrusts me into a time of precious memories of our friendship. Your whole family were so special to Howard and me. I pray for peace and comfort for you that only the Lord can give. You were so blessed to have had her in your lives, and so was I.
I am so sorry that my own health issues prevent me from coming to see you in person. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Sonya Wilson

July 21, 2021

My mother and father Argus and Shirley Campbell cleaned Matties home for years. They loved her and seeing the kids she cared for and loved. Mattie and Neil were great people. I'm sorry for your loss.

Judy snd Jay Davis

July 21, 2021

Mattie and all of her family have always been a blessing to our family. Mattie was like a second momma. She always gave me good advice and treated me like one of her own. I’m sure everyone who knows her can say that. Our hearts are breaking for all of you. But I know our loss is heaven’s gain. Our love and prayers are with you all. May the Lord wrap you in His arms and comfort your hearts with His love.

Robin Taylor

July 21, 2021

Our deepest condolences to your family. We loved Miss Mattie! She willingly agreed to watch our then three year old son, Wesley in her home, and we were so blessed and thankful for her. Under Miss Mattie's guidance, Wesley learned so much and was more than ready for preschool when he left. She was always so encouraging and kind to our family, and we will never forget her. Our hearts are saddened, but encouraged to know that one sweet day we will meet her again in heaven.

David and Cheri Sprinkle

July 21, 2021

We are so sorry for your loss and know you will miss her deeply. Hold tight to your faith - there is Another Day coming!
David and Cheri Sprinkle

Heidi Faust

July 21, 2021

Many hugs to your family, I am so sorry for your loss. My earliest memories include Ms. Mattie, in her home with some of my first friends. I will never forget watching Little Bear during lunch time and thinking it was so cool when it was my turn to take my nap on the water bed! She was such a blessing in my life and left such an impact with her teaching, her kind spirit, strength and wonderful sense of humor. She was so bright and loving. I know she’ll find ways to continue to be a presence in your family’s lives ❤️

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