Aljean Starr Tyler Thivener, 87, of Gallipolis, passed away Friday evening, Nov. 30, 2012, at Ohio Valley Health Care in Parkersburg, W.Va., where she had been a resident for the last three years.
Aljean was loved by the staff and residents and enjoyed her craft of necklace making and giving them to the staff and residents. She will always be known for her great sense of humor, quick wit and her kindness and giving heart. She was a dedicated mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Aljean was known for her hard work, giving spirit and love for her family and friends. Family was very important to her. She will be missed terribly here on earth, but will have a Heavenly Grand reunion with her loved ones that have gone on.
Aljean retired from the Ohio River Company (Ingram Barge Line) with 15 years of service as a cook, and she was the manager for 20-plus years for One Hour/Duke Cleaners in Gallipolis. She was born Dec. 16, 1924, in Gallipolis, the daughter of the late Lyburn and Alice Gaskins Tyler.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Cecil G. Thivener Sr.; a son, Gary Lee Thivener; her son-in-law, Rodney Crites; two infant daughters, Margret Ann and Florence Gertrude Thivener; her stepson, Gilbert Thivener; her stepdaughter, Ivena Thivener Liedel; an infant grandson, Cecil Shay Thivener; and two sisters, Mildred Nelson and Mary Ada Wheeler.
She is survived by her daughter and son, Garnet Crites of Parkersburg, W.Va., and Cecil G. Thivener Jr. "JR" of Gallipolis, Ohio; her daughters-in-law, Jenny Lucus Thivener of Gallipolis, Ohio, and Mary Thivener of New Port Richey, Fla.; a very special friend she considered a "daughter," Gloria VanDyne of Powhattan Pt., Ohio; 11 grandchildren, Dr. Melanie (Richard) Crites-Bachert of Portland, Ore., Christina (Scott) Adkins, Angel (Mike) Blazer, Amanda (Jamie) Caldwell, Greg (Beth) Thivener, Travis (Monica) Thivener, all of Gallipolis, Ohio, Suzanne (Daryl) Baker of St. Cloud, Fla., Tim (Cindy) Wallace of Uniontown, Ohio, Jim (Debbie) Wallace of Akron, Ohio, Tony (Stephanie) Thivener of Lusby, Md., and Derick (Rosa) Thivener of Newport Richey, Fla.; 24 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and many loving nieces, nephews, friends and extended family.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Waugh-Halley-Wood Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Mound Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Monday.
An online guest registry is available at www.waugh-halley-wood.com