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Michael L. "Shorty" Matthews


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Michael L. "Shorty" Matthews Obituary

Michael Laverne Matthews of Olivehurst was born October 28, 1954 and entered into rest peacefully on December 7, 2017 in San Francisco, California after a valiant battle with cancer.

Known to many as "Shorty," he was blessed with a large and loving family. Born in Grants Pass, Oregon, he moved to Sutter, California as a small child and later settled in Yuba County where he remained until his death. Michael never met a stranger and raised his children with patience and more love than you could fit into a lifetime. He taught them to never miss an opportunity to fish and that watermelon always taste better when it's stolen. A hard worker, kind and contemplative, he had a quiet but adventurous soul and always took time to drink in the world with his eyes.

He is survived by his soul mate and companion of 32 years, Helga Childers, of Olivehurst, son Christopher Matthews (Gena Hatcher) of Marysville and daughter Shannon Culbertson (Kevin) of Yuba City, sister Bev Osbourn (Phill) of Grass Valley, two brothers: Larry Matthews of Marysville and Daryl Bryant (Katherine) of Rough and Ready, his best friend Dwayne Hammond of Olivehurst, and the center of his universe -- his grandchildren: Haili Lambert (Nick), Brian Matthews, Johnathan Matthews, Cameron Culbertson, Rowan Culbertson, and great grandson, Oliver Lambert.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Calvin and Margarete Matthews, and one brother, Ron Matthews (Terri) of Marysville.

A celebration of life and potluck lunch will be held in his honor Saturday, January 6, 2018 from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM at the Marysville Veterans Memorial Hall located at 211 17th Street in Marysville. Pastor Leonard Self of Christ Has Risen Ministries will officiate. A private burial at Sutter Cemetery will follow at a later date.
Published in Appeal Democrat on Jan. 4, 2018
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