Margaret Laura Matthews

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July 11, 1910 ~ January 19, 2010

Margaret Laura Matthews was born July 11, 1910, to David and Rosa Hurst in Myrtle Creek, Oregon. Margaret married Harry Dewey Matthews on October 16, 1930, in Myrtle Creek. The family primarily made their home in Douglas County, Oregon until 1952, when they moved to Wilder, Idaho, and the next year made the move to College Place, Washington. The Walla Walla Valley was home until 1991, when they moved to Payette, Idaho.

The Matthews first became involved in the nursing home business in Roseburg, Oregon in 1950. Margaret earned her LPN associate degree and license after each of her children had graduated from college. She quickly gained the reputation of a gifted caregiver and resumed care of older folks upon moving to College Place in 1953. Margaret continued in giving senior care until she was 80 years of age. Margaret always had the reputation of being a tireless and trusted friend. She was best known for her extra-mile kindnesses and concern for anyone she might assist or support. She was adored by young and old alike.

Margaret and Harry became members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in 1930 following their marriage. Their faith choice was the result of attending evangelistic meetings led by Dan and Melvin Venden while Harry was briefly employed by the Standard Oil Company of California in Boulder City, Nevada. The Vendens provided their ministry for employees during the construction of Hoover Dam. Margaret and Harry continued to model the teachings and lifestyle of their faith family for the balance of their lives. The family moves to Idaho and College Place were to provide access to Christian education for their three children.

Due to failing health, Margaret returned to College Place in December of 2004. She resided at Regency at The Park on Myra Road until her death on the evening of January 19, 2010. Harry predeceased her in 1993.

Margaret is survived by sons and daughters-in-law: Dan and Betsy Matthews of Glendora, California and Tom and Gloria Matthews of Lindsay, California; her daughter and son-in-law, Alyce and Don Bais of College Place, Washington; nine grandchildren, eighteen great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and other family. Margaret will be missed by a host of friends who cherish her memory.

The funeral service will be 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 26, 2010, at Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, Washington. Pastor Dan Matthews will officiate. There will be a reception to follow. Interment will be private on Wednesday, January 27, 2010, at the Riverside Cemetery in Payette, Idaho. Memorial contributions may be made to Gospel Outreach, Faith for Today or Blue Mountain Television through the funeral home.

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