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Alma ‘Queen’ Matthews

Alma “Queen” Matthews entered into rest at her home surrounded by her loving family on Friday, December 9, 2022, at the age of 92 years, 1 month, and 19 days. She was born October 21, 1930 in Iron County, MO to the late Addie Thurman Queen and Ervin Queen.

On September 8, 1951, Alma was united in marriage to Charles Matthews who preceded her in rest on December 31, 1984.

Alma was one of ten children with five brothers and four sisters. Surviving Alma is a brother Jack and Virgina Queen of Ironton, and two sisters Judy Perry of Farmington and Linda Schmall of Sullivan. She is preceded in rest by four brothers; Harvey Queen, August Queen, Billy Queen, and Bobby Queen, and two sisters Wilma Pogue and Coeta Scottell.

Alma is also survived by a niece, Shannon Campbell and husband Richie of Ironton who she helped raise as her own daughter, Shannon’s children who she helped raise as her own grandchildren, and many more loving nieces, nephews, family members and friends.

Alma and Charles owned and operated their own store for many years until retiring in 1976. After retirement she volunteered at the hospital, Alma found great joy in caring for others. She was dedicated to the VFW ladies auxiliary to which she was a life member, patriotic instructor, and poppy chairwoman for over 50 years. In keeping the joy of caring for other, she dedicated time to take veterans to their doctor appointments.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Pilot Knob where she fulfilled her God loving heart. Alma had many words of wisdom, life lessons to be taught, and scriptures to be shared. She will be loved and missed be everyone that was blessed to know and love her.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, December 14, 2022 beginning at 1:00 pm from the Cole Family Chapel.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 14, 2022 beginning at 11:00 am from the Cole Family Chapel.

Interment will follow the services in the Arcadia Valley Memorial Park.

Pastor Alan Berry will be officiating the services.

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