Jean Matthews Decker

DECKER, JEAN MATTHEWS, died peacefully on November 13, 2012 in her son's home in California with him by her side. She had bravely battled cancer for 14 months, never complaining. She was born May 29, 1935 to Mae and Herman Matthews. She graduated from Glasgow High school 2nd in her class and turned down a full scholarship to the University of Kentucky to get married and start a family. She was a devoted wife and mother. Jean was a hugger, and very generous with her time and many talents. She was artistic, a seamstress, a square dancer, roller skater and a cake decorator. She loved poetry and theater. She retired from Meidinger where she worked as an actuarial consultant. After retiring, Jean became an energetic volunteer. She served as a Board member and Secretary for the AIDS Education Coalition. She was a charter member of the AIDS Services Center Coalition. She was instrumental in the Louisville AIDS walk for nine years. She had also served as Board Treasurer and Secretary with the AIDS Interfaith Ministries (AIM). She received numerous awards for her outstanding community service.

She is preceded in death by her mother and father, Mae and Herman Matthews; her sisters, Louise Vance and Ruth Hendricks; her brother, Doug Matthews and her husband Dale Decker.

She is survived by her brother, William Matthews of Bowling Green, KY; her daughter, Marsha Decker of Louisville, KY; her son, Doug Decker of Lake Balboa, CA, and numerous nieces and nephews. She will be greatly missed by friends and family.

A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at Highlands Funeral Home, 3331 Taylorsville Rd. Visitation will be 10-10:45 a.m. with the memorial service beginning at 10:45 a.m. A graveside service will be attended by friends and family members in Glasgow, KY.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation to AIM of Kentuckiana Inc. or a .


Funeral Home

Highlands Family-Owned Funeral Home
3331 Taylorsville Rd.  Louisville, KY 40205

Published in The Courier-Journal from May 10 to May 12, 2013