MANHATTAN — Genevieve L. “Genny” Matthews, 87, died Wednesday morning, Jan. 15, at the Meadowlark Hills-Sloan House. Born on Feb. 23, 1926, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Fred and Ruby (Parker) McClure. Genny was raised in Great Bend where she attended local schools, graduating from Great Bend High. On Jan. 8, 1946, she was united in marriage to Walter L. Matthews in Great Bend. They were longtime Manhattan residents. Genny was a loving wife, mother and homemaker. For many years she worked in food service at Eugene Field Elementary School in Manhattan and later worked part time at Meller’s Photo Drive-in located in the Westloop Shopping Center in Manhattan.
Mrs. Matthews was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the ladies Church Circle. She was also formerly active with a local EHU and for a short time with Welcome Wagon. She enjoyed knitting and made numerous pairs of mittens which she donated to the Ogden Friendship House. Most of all she loved spending time with her family and friends.
She is survived by three sons, Tom Matthews and his wife Sherri, of Kansas City, Bob Matthews and his wife Jane, of Quilcene, Wash., and Bill Matthews and his wife Peggy of Manhattan; and a daughter-in-law, Martha Matthews of Jewell. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren, Michelle Harris, Lori Matthews Watt, Laura Gatza, Eric Matthews, Scott Matthews, Lanae Davis, Ryan Matthews, Staci Matthews Burson, Joshua Matthews and Amanda Matthews; and 11 great-grandchildren. Genny was preceded in death by her husband in 2005; and by one son, John Matthews in 2012.
Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. on Tuesday, January 21, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Dr. Patty Brown-Barnett officiating. Interment will follow at the Sunset Cemetery. The family will receive friends during a visitation from 5 until 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 20, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home. Memorials have been established for the John Matthews Memorial Scholarship Fund at NCK Tech in Beloit and for the Meadowlark Hills Foundation to be used for the Sloan House. Contributions may be left in care of the funeral home. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.ymlfuneralhome.com.
Funeral arrangements provided by
Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home**
1616 Poyntz Avenue
Manhattan, KS 66502
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Jan. 17, 2014