Elizabeth Jeanne Matthes Kling, 80, of Heathsville died Saturday, March 9, 2013, at the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond.
She was born in St. Louis, Mo., on December 29, 1932, the daughter of Alfred R. and Elizabeth Marsden Matthes, of Festus, Mo.
She is survived by her husband, William Holt Kling; her children, Marc Joseph Flora of Coleville, Wash., Elizabeth Quinn Miller of Magnolia, Del., Catherine Denise Miller Domby of Columbia, Md., Richard Dennis Miller of Elon, N.C., Carolyn Jeanne Miller of Clarksville, Tenn., Anselm Dennis Miller III, of Leola, Pa., and Mary Alexandra Miller Arvai of Stafford; her stepchildren, Susan Carol Kling Monroe of Northampton, Pa., Kathy Nell Kling Pugh of Baltimore, Md., Barbara Louise Kling of Allentown, Pa., Elizabeth Harper Kling of South Charleston, W.Va., and William Holt Kling Jr. of Saint Albans, W.Va.; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; 10 step-grandchildren; a step-great-grandchild; and two sisters, Carol Lee Matthes Mallette of Webster Groves, Mo., and Trudy Matthes Barksdale of Columbia, Md.
She was predeceased by a grandchild.
She was immediate past president of the Lancaster-Northumberland Interfaith Service Council and past-chairman of the Northumberland County Republican Committee. She was presented an Excellence in Service Award by the Northern Neck Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa for establishing the Interfaith Service Council’s summer food program for children. She was a member of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Kilmarnock. She was a former secretary of the10th Congressional District Republican Committee in Northern Virginia; a Capitol Hill legislative correspondent for Rep. Paul S. Trible and managed his successful 1978 re-election campaign; served as the Capitol Hill administrative assistant for Rep. Edward F. Weber; and was a legislation specialist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington. She also was a partner with her husband in Kling USA Political Communications.
Mrs. Kling was a Family Life Benefactor Member of The Izaak Walton League of America.
Friends may call at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 235 E. Church Street, Kilmarnock, where a memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Inurnment will be in St. Andrews’ Memorial Garden immediately after the service, followed by a reception for family and friends in St. Andrews’ Fellowship Hall.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be sent to the Lancaster-Northumberland Interfaith Service Council, P.O. Box 868, Kilmarnock, VA 22482.