Betty L Matthews

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Betty LaRue Matthews died on March 25, 2015, at the age of 95 in Phoenix, AZ.She was born on January 24, 1920, to Albert and Alice Burke in Kearney, NE. She graduated from Kearney High School and attended Los Angeles City College in 1939. She married Emery Matthews in 1941 in Grand Island, NE After retiring from the Bighorn National Forest in 1980, and working for RENEW for four years, she and Emery enjoyed spending winters in Arizona where they danced the entire winter. She enjoyed family, traveling, gardening, bird watching, sewing, knitting, walking, swimming, fishing, reading. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Story Garden Club, Beta Sigma Phi, YMCA, Sheridan Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and served as “Grey Lady” for Red Cross in Stuttgart, Germany in 1953.Betty was preceded in death by her parents, husband Emery, four brothers, Wayne Burke, Raymond Burke Jr., Jack Burke and Gerald Burke. She is survived by her daughter Betty Jean Matthews of Apache Junction, AZ, her son Stephen Matthews of Oakland, CA, and a sister Audrey (Richard) Davis of Grand Island, NE, sister in law Betty Stiles of Beattrice, NE, granddaughters Lori (T.J.) Hill of Seattle, WA, Jodi Douglas of Concord, CA. Kelli (Eric) Cox of Sparks, NE, and six great grandchildren Taylor, Nicole, Paris, Spenser, Dalton and Timber, and several nieces and nephews.A Memorial Service will be at 2:00 on Friday, August 21, 2015, at the First Presbyterian Church with Pastor Doug Melius Officiating. A reception will follow at the Fellowship Hall.An Inurnment will be held in the Sheridan Elks Cemetery where she will be buried by her husband.In lieu of flowers memorials to honor Betty can be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 2121 Colonial Drive, Sheridan, WY 82801 or to the Sheridan Senior Center, 211 Smith Street, Sheridan, WY 82801.Kane Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.

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