Frances E. Matthews, age 97, of Loogootee, Indiana, passed away at 5:46 p.m. on Monday, June 10, 2019, at the Loogootee Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.
She was born on July 3, 1921, in Daviess County, Indiana, to the late William A. and Clara E. (Graves) Cahill.
Frances married Jerome P. Matthews on June 28, 1941.
She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church where she was a eucharistic minister and a funeral dinner committee member. She was a recipient of the first Brute Society Award from St. John Catholic Church in 1992. She was a former member of the Vocations Board for the Diocese of Evansville and was a charter member of the Daughters of Isabella and a member of the Legion of Mary. Frances enjoyed quilting and crocheting for her family, especially for her grandchildren.
Survivors include her children, Steve and Jerry Matthews, of Jefferson, Georgia; Jerry and Cathy Matthews, of Indianapolis; Kevin Matthews, of Evansville; Mark and Beth Matthews, of Westfield; and Mary Lou Matthews, of Loogootee; 24 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and two daughters-in-law, Kay Matthews and Roberta Matthews.
She was also preceded in death by her husband, Jerome P. Matthews; two sons, Denny and Bob Matthews; grandson, Eric Baker; brother, John Cahill; and three sisters, Marcella Cahill, Josephine Dunn, and Miriam Cahill.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by the Very Reverend J. Kenneth Walker at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 14th, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, in Loogootee.
Burial was made in the St. John Catholic Cemetery.
Visitation was held on Thursday, June 13th, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., with a Rosary Service held at 6:30 p.m., at the Blake Funeral Home, in Loogootee.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions could be made to St. Vincent De Paul.