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Dorothy Nell Matthews

Memorial for Dorothy Nell Matthews

Born in Waco, Texas on Feb. 22, 1936
Departed on Jun. 30, 2009 and resided in Austin, TX.
Visitation: Monday, Jul. 6, 2009
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Service: Tuesday, Jul. 7, 2009
11:00 am
Cemetery: Cook Walden Capital Parks
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Dorothy Nell Matthews

Dorothy Nell Matthews was born on February 22, 1936 in Waco, Texas to Earl Jones and Ruby Ray Hammond. She was known by those who loved her as "Dot" and to those in the family as Dorothy Nell. Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters Paula Holmes of Baltimore, Maryland and Lola Simms of Waco, Texas; brother Walter Jones of Waco, Texas; half brother Cleon Hammond of Detroit, Michigan; and her childhood best friend Mae Katherine Shelton.

Dorothy met Samuel Matthews in 1952 while she was still at A.J. Moore High School in Waco, Texas. "Sam" was stationed in Waco at James Connally Air Force Base and would attend Second Baptist Church on Sunday mornings where Dorothy was a faithful member. After attending the "first" service, he soon was unable to resist the smile of the beautiful young Dorothy Nell and they married June 5, 1953. God eventually blessed them after 12 years of marriage with a treasured son, Sheldon Matthews and five years later with a beloved daughter, Stephanie Matthews. After 22 years as a devoted military wife and traveling all over the World from the United States to the Philippines and Puerto Rico, Sam and Dorothy moved to Austin.

Upon relocating to Austin, Dorothy became a faithful member of St. James Baptist Church where she remained a member for 34 years. Her ministries included: helping to organize our first Girl Scout Troop which eventually led to the organizing of the first Boy Scout Troop; working as a Sunday School, Baptist Training Union (BTU) and Vacation Bible School Instructor, and Youth Director. She was a committed and dedicated member of Mission I, Mission II, and assisted the Nursing Staff.

Dorothy served as the Deaconess Hospitality Chairperson, assisting with the Sick and Shut-ins. She was instrumental in teaching protocol for the Lord's Supper and Communion to the young Deaconess. She was Director of the Kitchen Staff and Food Pantry; preparing food baskets for the needy. Her talent included planning the "right" meal for every occasion. At every funeral service she could be found faithfully at her station, serving the ice tea, and no one else could serve tea like her. She could "gestimate" the number of people attending any event without hesitation. Planning events such as: Pastor's Appreciation, Church Anniversary, March Gladness, Married Couples activities, and funerals, just to name a few. Her passion for kids was extraordinary. She was a devoted staff member for the Jesus Kids Choir and participated in all aspects of their Christian growth and development. For many years, Dorothy attended the St. John Landmark Congress and Association, St. John District Regular Association, National Baptist Congress, and God's Women Conference in California.

Dorothy retired as an administrator for New Hope Home Health Care. She was dedicated to her family, church, and the community. She was outspoken and was not afraid to stand up for what she believed. She loved the Lord and was a great witness of God's goodness and mercy. She had a personality that would fill your heart with laughter and a caring spirit for anyone who was in need. She always gave good advice and was concerned about others, their health, and well being. She was loved by all with whom she came in contact.

She will be forever missed by her loving and devoted husband of 56 years, Sam; her son Sheldon, and daughter Stephanie. Dorothy Nell will also be remembered by her sister, Sadie Williams of Waco, Texas; brother Jimmy Johnson of Baltimore, Maryland; two wonderful granddaughters, Sheridan and Sydney Matthews of Beaumont, Texas (currently residing in League City, Texas); two brothers-in-law Freddie Matthews (Margie) of Dayton, Ohio, Samuel Holmes of Baltimore, Maryland; two sisters-in-law Grace Matthews of Macon, Georgia and Mattie Matthews of Los Angeles, California; many nieces and nephews who cherished Aunt Dorothy Nell; "Special Friends", Goddaughter and Godson; and loved ones.

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