The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


February 8, 2013

Obituaries — Friday, Feb. 8, 2013


Aldeen Halsey Workman

“Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.” Proverbs 31:10

Aldeen Halsey Workman, 92, of Lester, died Tuesday, February 5, 2013, at Bowers Hospice House, after a long and blessed life.

She was born on March 10, 1920, the second of 14 children born to Okey and Mary Houck Halsey. Known as “Aub” to her family, she was raised in Pierpoint, W.Va., and lived there until moving to Lester in 1953 with her husband and children.

She was able to be independent, driving until she was ninety and living alone until suffering a stroke in September 2012.

She gave her heart to the Lord at thirteen. She served Him faithfully throughout her life by singing His praises with her clear alto voice, teaching children in Sunday School, and  praying for anyone who had a need. She was always ready with a smile and an encouraging word.

She and her husband Earl operated Workman’s Grocery in Lester from 1967 until their retirement in 1976. She loved to cook and everyone looked for her chicken dumplings at church dinners and family reunions. Her favorite hobby was her flowers and she was  blessed with a green thumb.

Those left to cherish her memory are her children Okey Workman and his wife Jewel, Earl Ann “Cookie” Matics, and Valinda “Linnie” Morgan and her husband Jim, all of Lester; grandchildren Lisa Workman Anderson and her husband Steve of Canvas, Clint Workman and his wife Cris of Daniels, Melissa Matics Walker and her husband Vernon, Jay Matics and his wife Theresa, Lee Bailey and his wife Tesa, Amanda Bailey Washington and her husband Nick, all of Lester; great-grandchildren, Mathew, Jeff and Meghan Anderson, Ericka, Andy and Brittany Workman, Kalee and Cole Bailey, Nyah Matics, and Bella Washington; sisters, Emma Lee Reed of Crab Orchard, Lorna Wyatt and her husband, Greeley, of Roanoke, Va., and Norma Bolt of Beckley; brothers Carroll “Codge” Halsey of Cool Ridge, Ron Halsey, and Steve Halsey and his wife Betty of Va. Beach, Va.; sister-in-law Sue Halsey, her aunt Virginia Brown, both of Mullens; a host of nieces and nephews, and her church family, that she loved like her own family.

She was preceded in death by her husband Earl in 1992. She was also preceded in death by her son-in-law Frank Matics, her sister Lorene Workman, and brothers Martin Halsey, Herman “Pete” Halsey, and Orion Halsey.

A special thanks to her caregivers since having the stroke and Amedisys Home Health,  and also to Hospice of Southern West Virginia.

The family asks for no flowers but that donations of sympathy be sent to Lester First Church of God Building Fund, PO Box 721, Lester, WV 25865.

Visitation will be at the Lester First Church of God Friday, February 8, from 6 to 8 p.m.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 9, at the church with Rev. Dale Birchfield officiating. There will be one hour of visitation prior to the service. Entombment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park.

Grandsons and great-grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

A part of her testimony found in her Bible and written several years ago reads “I don’t know when He will call me home to glory but I’m ready to go and I know I will be welcome there. I’m so glad the King is coming and I have been redeemed.”

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Beckley.

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