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Mathews, Louise Wilhelmina - Baker  
Louise Wilhelmina Mathews, 87, of Baker, died peacefully on May 13, 2015 at North Okaloosa Medical Center. She was born Sept. 6, 1927 in Limburg, Germany; came to America in her 20s; and proudly became a United States Citizen on May 10, 1956. While living in Alaska, she became close friends with Jack and Melba Shue. In fact, in 1956, when the Shues moved to Florida, Louise chose to go with them. MARRIAGE AND FAITH While living in Crestview, Louise met Samuel Thomas Mathews; they married on May 25, 1964. Over their 46-year marriage, Sam and Louise enjoyed several years of traveling across the United States. They had a summer home in Henderson, N.C., where they enjoyed fishing and having cookouts with friends and family. Louise told several stories of how she caught, cleaned and cooked the fish, smiling as she shared those memories. She loved cats and had several, but she always spoke fondly of Tom. He traveled with the couple, sitting on Louise's lap while riding in the RV. Louise was an active member of Baker First United Methodist Church, and had many close friends there. She sat beside her close friend, Hilda Ard, in church every Sunday; they would eat lunch at the Gator Cafe after services. She was very close to her pastor, Johnathan "JJ" McDaniel. If she could have picked a son or grandson, this granddaughter feels he would be the one. HOBBIES AND HOME LIFE Louise enjoyed playing cards and dominoes, as well as being a member of the Garden Club, where she also had several good friends, including Liz Davis. In addition, she loved catfish. Her favorite place to eat was David's Catfish House in Milton. She introduced out-of-town family to David's and, when visiting, everyone agreed that was the place to go to with Louise first! When she could no longer drive that far, her wonderful neighbors, Jerry and Cathy Carroll, took her to David's on Friday nights. Knowing that her out-of-town family loved going to David's, Louise would call them to say she had been there to eat - and to express how good it was. Louise is survived by her loving step-granddaughter, Angela (Ron) Elledge; and great-granddaughter, Sophia Dianne Elledge, with whom Louise shared a special bond. They both lit up when they were together, or even when they were just speaking on the phone! Sophie was only 1 month old when Sam passed in 2010. Louise and Sophie shared many special moments since then. For instance, Sophie took her first steps and walked across Louise's living room with a toy push car Louise bought for her. While Louise was in the hospital, Sophie visited and spent some time with her. They sang, "You are my Sunshine" to each other. It will always be a wonderful memory for Sophie and her family. Louise's husband, Samuel Thomas Mathews; stepdaughter, Norma Shew; and her sister, a resident of Germany, precede her in death. SURVIVORS' GRATITUDE The family thanks Louise's friends, who visited and encouraged her during her stay at Crestview Rehabilitation Center and while in the hospital. Eleanor Thurbor, Joe Crooke and his wife, Debbie, Dale Cox, Ruth Heaton, Jennifer Morgan, Hilda Ard, Jerry and Cathy Carroll and, of course, JJ McDaniel. Thank you to the hospital's wonderful Step Down Unit staff, the great people with Emerald Coast Hospice as well as several exceptional ladies at Crestview Rehab. Everyone made a difficult situation much easier for family and friends. Memorial services were held at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 15, 2015 at Baker First United Methodist Church, 5826 Highway 189 N., with JJ McDaniel officiating. Flowers are being accepted and memorials in Louise's name may be made to Emerald Coast Hospice or to Baker First United Methodist Church. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at and The News Bulletin publishes North Okaloosa County residents and former residents' obituaries for $45 including a photo. Family members should write the 500-word announcements and funeral homes should submit them to the newspaper for confirmation. We may edit submissions for style. Call 850-682-6524 or email for more information.
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Published in The Crestview News Bulletin from May 18 to June 17, 2015
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