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 Merna Jean “Jackie” <I>Lovely</I> Matthews

Merna Jean “Jackie” Lovely Matthews

Mapleton, Aroostook County, Maine, USA
Death 12 Apr 2016 (aged 78)
Elkhart County, Indiana, USA
Burial Elkhart, Elkhart County, Indiana, USA
Memorial ID 161006933 · View Source
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ELKHART, IN — Mrs. Merna Jean “Jackie” Matthews, 78, of Elkhart, passed away peacefully following an extended illness at the Greenleaf Healthcare Campus in Elkhart at 10:10 a.m. Tuesday, April 12, 2016.

She was born in Mapleton, Maine, Oct. 4, 1937, to the late Glen J. and Lula A. (Randall) Lovely. She married George W. Matthews on Aug. 10, 1956, in Mesena, N.Y. He remained her loyal and loving husband until his passing in 2002.

Surviving are her sons, George (Shelly) Matthews of Elkhart and Hank (Melissa) Matthews of South Bend; brothers Jim Lovely of Edwardsburg, Mich., and Berton (Marti) Lovely of Elkhart; grandchildren Earl, Ashley, Allison, Jenny, Aaron and Courtney; and Brentwood friends Nancy, Betty and Opal.

Preceding her in death were a son, Earl D. Matthews; and siblings Loriton, Milton, Eldin and Phillip Lovely, Mona Peverall and Diane Gilford.

Jackie’s life will be celebrated with a visitation and funeral at 1 p.m. Friday, April 15, at Billings Funeral Home of Elkhart, with visitation beginning at 11 a.m. Pastor Mike Butler of Hillcrest United Methodist Church of Elkhart will officiate, and burial will follow in the Osceola Cemetery.

Jackie worked as a seamstress and upholsterer in the local RV industry for many years. Although she enjoyed puzzles, knitting and crocheting, none could surpass her talent in Wii bowling, where she was the Brentwood grand champion for four years running. She was a loving, kind and caring mother, grandmother and friend.

Memorial donations may be given to Heartland Hospice.

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  • Created by: Carol & Mel Hochstetler
  • Added: 14 Apr 2016
  • Find A Grave Memorial 161006933
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Merna Jean “Jackie” Lovely Matthews (4 Oct 1937–12 Apr 2016), Find A Grave Memorial no. 161006933, citing Osceola Cemetery, Elkhart, Elkhart County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Carol & Mel Hochstetler (contributor 46859544) .