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Floy Elizabeth Mattos, 76, passed away Friday, December 21, 2012 at her home in Merritt Island, Florida following a serious illness. She was surrounded by her child-ren holding her hands along with her beloved dog, Jenny on her lap.
Floy was born September 14, 1936 in Memphis, TN to Mary Virginia and Oliver Fulton Liming. She grew up in Jonesboro and Marked Tree, Arkansas. For a period of time she lived with her dear Grandma, Floy Knight Carpenter, and Papa, Cornelius Tyrene (C. T.) Carpenter, who was killed in a car accident on her 8th birthday. She and her brother Fulton spent summers with their cousins Edward Carpenter and Knight Carpenter.
She attended Methodist Hospital School of Nursing in Memphis, TN from 1954 - 1957. She then served as a Nurse in the US Air Force from 1959 - 1960 at Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX, where she met her husband, Francis Lloyd Mattos. They married in 1960 and were wed until his death in 1998. They moved a number of times during his careers in the Air Force and with Bendix (Allied-Signal) Corp. She especially enjoyed her years living in Bad Aibling, Germany, where she had some dear German friends who later visited her in the US.
From 1985 - 2003 she lived in beautiful Asheville, NC. While in Asheville she owned and operated an antique limousine service, Vintage Coach, with a 1932 Chevrolet. It was used in many elegant events and was hired by a national bridal magazine for a photo shoot at the Biltmore House. Clients were always thrilled. She also enjoyed success with rental houses before leaving in 2003 to be near her daughters.
She leaves behind six children, Patrick Mattos (Cynthia) of Pasadena, TX, Scott Mattos of San Leon, TX, Virginia Arnold of Roswell, GA, Jonathan Mattos (Robin) of Maitland, FL, Elizabeth Field (Les) of Boiling Springs, SC, and Sandra Mattos of Merritt Island, FL. She is also survived by thirteen grandchildren; her half-sister, Christine Kinzer (Jim) of LaMarque, TX; and cousin, Edward Carpenter (Dottie) of Vestavia, AL.
She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, Major Francis L. Mattos, USAF and her brother, Fulton Lee Liming.
Floy was often noted for her strong convictions, loyalty, and sincere desire to help those less fortunate. While working as an RN in a nursing home, she invited residents with no family to share Thanksgiving in her home. She never turned away a stray animal and always had a dog and several cats. She had a fun-loving spirit and liked to try new things. She was a warm, giving person and maintained close relationships with her brother and children, helping them whenever she could. She loved her grandchildren and was greatly relied upon for her no-nonsense advice.
She will be sadly missed. Services will be held at 2:00 pm January 18th, 2013 at the State Veteran's Cemetery in Black Mountain, NC.
Published in FLORIDA TODAY on Dec. 30, 2012