SNOW HILL — Mattie Mae Mathews, 91, of Fairfax, Va., died
Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, at Harrison Senior Living. Born in Arkansas, she was the
daughter of the late James McCullough and Minnie Mae Ricketts. She is survived
by three sons, Stephen Mathews and his spouse, Deborah, James Mathews and his
spouse, Cheryl, and Michael Mathews and spouse, Susan; six grandchildren,
Travis, Degan, Nina, Justin, Macarthur and Cooper; as well as several nieces
and nephews. She was preceded in death by brothers, James McCullough and Andrew
Hazelwood, as well as a sister, Eunice Ryan.
Mrs. Mathews was married a week and a half before Pearl
Harbor. She rapidly became a war bride who supported the country during World
War II and soon found herself traveling the world as an Army wife. Later in
life, she loved RV traveling with her older sister. She was known as “Mom,”
“Grandmom” and “Aunt Sis.” She was fiercely independent, was a constant
storyteller, and loved to laugh. Most of all, she loved her family, her birds
and her squirrels.
A funeral service was held Saturday, Oct. 20, at Snow Hill
Christian Church in Snow Hill. Pastor Dale Jacobs officiated. Interment will be
private at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Donations may be made
to the CRICKET Center of Worcester County, 9714 Healthway Drive, Berlin, Md.