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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Ruth Margaret Matthews

  • Ruth Margaret Matthews, 94, Neosho, entered into rest on June 17, 2013, at her home following a short illness.
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  • Ruth Margaret Matthews, 94, Neosho, entered into rest on June 17, 2013, at her home following a short illness.
    She was born Dec. 29, 1918, in Monarch Springs, to Walter and Bessie (Anderson) Payne.
    Ruth was a lifelong area resident and worked as an office nurse for Dr. Olive and Dr. Lentz. She was also a homemaker who loved to knit, crochet, play the piano, and read. She was a member at Calvary Baptist Church and sang in the choir.
    Ruth married Ed Jay Matthews on March 26, 1939, in Neosho, and he preceded her in death on April 5, 1999.
    She is survived by her children: Dale Matthews and wife, Wilma, Neosho, L. Dean Matthews and wife, Judith, Cape Girardeau, Mo.; grandchildren, Jeff Matthews and wife, Kim, Samantha Matthews; four great-grandchildren, Justin Mountford and wife, Brenna, Rachel Moore and husband, Jared, David Forrest and wife, Jamie, Lacie Matthews; seven great-great-grandchildren and one-on-the-way; two sisters, Hazel Crumley, Arkansas City, Kan., and Helen Barlow, Pryor, Okla.
    Along with her parents and husband, Ruth was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Marla Kay Matthews.
    Graveside services will be held 10 a.m. Thursday, at Neosho Memorial Cemetery Neosho; Dr. Jerry Seigel officiating. Viewing will be 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. today at Clark Funeral Home Neosho.
    Memorial contributions in Ruth's memory may be made to Calvary Baptist Church – Missions c/o Clark Funeral Home P.O. Box 66 Neosho, 64850.
    Service arrangements are under the directions of Clark Funeral Home Neosho.
    Online condolences may be posted at www.clarkfuneralhomes.com.

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