Peggy J. Mathews

Peggy J. Mathews

NEWARK: The funeral service for Peggy J. Mathews will be held Friday February 8, 2013 with the viewing from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM and from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Thursday and from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM Friday with funeral services immediately following at the Criss-Schoedinger Funeral Home. Interment will be at Newark Memorial Gardens with Rev. Dr. Michael Noble officiating.

Peggy was born in Newark on September 13, 1927 to the late Samuel and Geneva (White) Shackleford. She died Friday, February 1, 2013 at Autumn Healthcare. She was 85.

She is preceded in death by her sons Henry Mathews Jr. and Angelo Mathews; sisters Norma Jean Shackleford and Helen King; and her brother Raymond Shackleford.

Peggy is survived by her sons Steven (Melanie) Mathews and Vincent (Earline) Mathews, both of Chicago; grandchildren Tracy (Philander) Murdock Jr. and Jeremy Mathews and his fiancé Selena. Father of the children and good friend Henry (Catherine) Mathews of Merrillville, Indiana; brothers Samuel Shackleford Jr. and Daniel (Marie) Shackleford; sisters Esther Thompson, Geneva Black, Rebecca (Kenneth) Black, Kathryn (Willie I) Thomas, Cynthia Shackleford of Columbus, Brenda Greene, Deborah (Glenn) Bower of Kenilworth, New Jersey; sister-in-law Gloria Jean Shackleford; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins of three generations. Special cousins John Boyd, Lawrence Boyd, Helen Roulette, Mary Jane Smith, Mary Carter, and second cousins Ralph Franklin; and her special friends Jeanne Shonebarger and Sheryl Ryuse.

Peggy attended Newark High School. She was a member of the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church where she sang in the choir to the glory oh her Lord. She worked as a packer at Owens-Corning and was a member of the Glass Molder Pottery and Plastics and Allied Worker Int'l. She formerly was a nurse's assistant at the Heath Nursing Home. Peggy also worked at Carson Pirie Scott in Chicago in the advertising department as a printer. Peggy played the piano, and her love of music inspired her children to become musicians. She loved to entertain, shop, and was a true fashionista when it came to clothing, shoes and cosmetics. She was an avid Ohio State Buckeye football fan. She was a guardian angel to her family and friends, and she always made new friends no matter where she went.

The family would like to thank the staff of Autumn Health Care also Hospice of Central Ohio for their loving care and friendship.

Visit to sign an online guestbook or to share a special memory of Peggy.

Funeral Home

Criss Wagner Hoskinson Funeral and Cremation Service
179 Granville Street Newark, OH 43055
(740) 345-9714

Published in the Advocate from Feb. 3 to Feb. 8, 2013