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MATTHEWS, Charlaine Toups

May 29, 1940-Dec. 7, 2013

Charlaine Toups Matthews went home to heaven on December 7, 2013, surrounded by prayer and by her loving family, as she fought the final stages of cancer. Charlaine was born to Ashton David Toups and Hazel Rubena McElwee Toups in Baton Rouge, on May 29, 1940. She leaves her devoted husband and high school sweetheart, Dr. William Henry (Hank) Matthews, whom she married in 1960. She also leaves her son William Scott Matthews of Round Rock, and his wife Melony; son Dr. Ashton Todd Matthews of College Station and his wife Sally; and daughter Ashley Kelly of Austin and her husband Tom, as well as her grandchildren Blake and Bryce Matthews of Round Rock, Josh, Ashton, and Chaiss Matthews of College Station, and Zachary and Evan Kelly of Austin. Her sister, Mary Ashton Toups Richter and her husband Rick, and loving cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends also survive her. Her older sister, Davida Toups Regard, preceded her in death.

Charlaine graduated from Baton Rouge High School, and then received her degree as a Registered Nurse from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Houston. She provided nursing care to numerous patients at hospitals in Baton Rouge and worked for ten years serving many individuals at the Head Injury floor at St. David's Hospital in Austin and she also worked with Hospice for several years. With Hank, an orthopedic surgeon, she lived in Louisiana, Colorado, San Antonio, San Angelo, Gainesville and Beaumont, finally settling in Austin. Charlaine loved her family, her home, her chocolate Labrador- Mardi Gras, and was an avid gardener with a "green thumb." She loved planning trips and travel, and enjoyed tennis, playing regularly with the Courtyard Tennis Club. She pursued her love of photography with many classes and photography groups. She was also an active member and volunteer at St. Michael's Episcopal Church.

Charlaine took great pleasure in getting together with family and friends and will be remembered as an outstanding cook. She loved life, was kind, generous and affectionate, finding it very easy to get to know people and making new friends. We would like to thank all of the friends, family and Hospice that provided love and care for Charlaine during the final stages of her life.

A celebration of Charlaine's life will be held at St. Michael's Episcopal Church, 1500 North Capital of Texas Hwy on December 14, 2013, at 11:00 am.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St Michaels Episcopal Church.
Published in Austin American-Statesman from Dec. 12 to Dec. 13, 2013
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