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Patricia Benton MATTHEWS

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MATTHEWS, Patricia Benton Atlanta friends will be saddened to learn of her passing on Wednesday, March 6th, in Homestead, FL. Mrs. Matthews was born in 1930, the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lex D.V Benton. Patricia (Patty) graduated North Fulton High School, attended Sullins College, and finished at the University of Alabama. Extremely active in social and civic affairs, she worked tirelessly for the Young Matrons, Tallulah Falls School and the Salvation Army. Along the way she modeled for Rich's, and sold advertising for WQXI. Patty Matthews had a love of life and living, and she shared it with all who knew her. The social life of Ocean Reef and Atlanta have lost a vital force. Her sense of humor was infectious, and will be missed intensely. She was an accomplished sculptor. Her efforts on behalf of the Arts League were extremely effective. Marriage to Herbert R. Matthews changed her routine forever. Herb was employed at Benton Brothers Film Express, a firm founded by Patty's father. After becoming President of the company, Herb ascended to the Presidency of the American Motor Trucking Association, and he and Patty spent a year traveling around this country and the world, representing the Industry. Early in their marriage the Matthews fell in love with the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, FL. They have lived there for the past several years, while maintaining a residence in Atlanta. Mrs. Matthews is survived by her husband and two children: Mr. and Mrs. Alan Butler (Lea) of New York, and Mr. and Mrs. Herbert R. Matthews, Jr. (Anne) of Atlanta. Grandchildren include Anna Lea and Prescott Yates Butler (New York), and Herbert R. (Benton) Matthews, III; Alexis Anne Matthews, and Sarah Elizabeth Matthews (Atlanta). Memorial Services Thursday, March 14th St. Phillips Cathedral, 2 PM.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from Mar. 8 to Mar. 13, 2013