Aljean Starr Tyler Thivener, 87, of Gallipolis, passed away Friday evening November 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 more than 20 years for One Hour/Duke Cleaners in Gallipolis.
She was born December 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; son-in-law, Rodney Crites; two infant daughters, Margret Ann and Florence Gertrude Thivener; step-son, Gilbert Thivener; step-daughter, 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; and daughters-in-law, Jenny Lucus Thivener of Gallipolis, Ohio and Mary Thivener of New Port Richey, FL.
She is also survived by a very special friend she considered a “daughter”, Gloria VanDyne of Powhattan Pt., Ohio; 11 grandchildren, Dr. Melanie (Richard) Crites-Bachert, Portland, OR, Christina (Scott) Adkins, Angel (Mike) Blazer, Amanda (Jamie) Caldwell, Greg (Beth) Thivener, Travis (Monica) Thivener, all of Gallipolis, OH, Suzanne (Daryl) Baker, St. Cloud, FL , Tim (Cindy) Wallace, Uniontown, OH, Jim (Debbie) Wallace, Akron, OH, Tony (Stephanie) Thivener, Lusby, MD and Derick (Rosa) Thivener, Newport Richey, FL; 24 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; many loving nieces and nephews, friends and extended family.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday December 4, 2012, at the Waugh-Halley-Wood Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Mound Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.
An online guest registry is available at waugh-halley-wood.com.