Nettie Matthews of Fredericktown passed away on September 12, 2021 at Parkland Health Center at the age of 99 years.
She was born in Flat River (now Park Hills) on September 9, 1922 the daughter of Joseph C. and Mary (Hicks) Shrum.
She was united in marriage to Harold F. Matthews on December 14, 1946 in Ironton, Missouri.
Mrs. Matthews was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Harold who died on April 1, 1983 and their oldest daughter Charlotte who died on December 30, 1961. Also four brothers Ralph, Robert, George and Carl Shrum and two sisters Mary Fiscante and her twin sister Nellie Lane.
Nettie is survived by two daughters, Janet Wharton and her husband Ben of Ironton and Patricia Newhouse and her husband Bud of Fredericktown.
Also surviving are grandchildren Benjie Wharton and friend Desiree Crocker, Craig Wharton, Aaron Wharton and his wife April, Cammie Heumann and her husband Blane and Sherry Miesner and her husband Kevin.
Great grandchildren are Levi Wharton, Bridget Wharton and Fiance Zack Tedford, Courtney Brickhaus and her husband Bradley, Kadynce and Adriana Miesner and Nathan and Bryce Heumann.
One sister Lela Mitchell.
She was a person who loved to bird watch and feed the birds. She made a number of blue bird boxes and gave them away. She also was an avid gardener and had a garden every year. She loved to bake apple cakes at Christmas time and give them as gifts. She was a 4-H leader for over thirty years. She was baptized on December 24, 1939 and she was a member of the Bethany Baptist Church in Roselle.