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Jewell (Judy) Eubank Hocott Jewell (Judy) Eubank Hocott, formerly of Austin, Texas, died Sunday, October 21 after a brief illness, at the Christian Care Center in Mesquite, Texas, where she had lived for the past three years. Judy was born on December 4, 1918, in Brady, Texas. She attended Abilene Christian College. On April 29, 1938, she married Harrison Mathews, with whom she lived in Baird, Corpus Christi, Harlingen, and San Angelo before moving to Austin, where Harrison served as pulpit minister of the University Avenue Church of Christ from 1956 until his death in 1963. The Mathews had two sons, Richard and William. In 1961, Judy completed her bachelor's degree at the University of Texas at Austin, obtained her Library Science Certificate from Texas State College for Women (now Texas Women's University) in Denton, and began teaching at Gullett Elementary School in Austin. Judy became the librarian there in 1963. In 1983, after her retirement from Gullett, Judy married Claude Hocott, and they lived in Austin until Claude's death in 2001, with travels to South America, Europe, Alaska, and Hawaii. After her retirement, Judy was a volunteer at the LBJ Presidential Library for 25 years. She generously supported many organizations, including Austin Graduate School of Theology and the University Avenue Church of Christ, where she worshiped for over 50 years. Judy was preceded in death by her son Dr. Richard Mathews earlier this year. She is survived by her son Bill Mathews and his wife Marilyn of Panama City Beach, Fla., by Richard's widow Clovis Mathews, of Dallas, and by step-daughters Elaine Hocott Gainey of Austin and Gail Hocott Hancock of Houston and their husbands Hugh and Billy, respectively; by nine grandchildren: Teri Mathews Gangloff and her husband Steve, Scott Mathews, and David Mathews (all of the Metroplex area), Claudia Bement of Baton Rouge, La., Brian and Dana Gainey of Conway, Ark., and Dale and Tammy Gainey of Bentonville, Ark.; and by thirteen great-grandchildren. She was known by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren as "Mammy Lou." Judy was greatly loved by all who knew her. Her Sunday night suppers for young families at University Avenue Church were legendary. She formed crews and worked with them to cook Wednesday evening church dinners for decades, and with help from others, she hosted a luncheon every year for the Austin Graduate School Ministers' Sermon Seminar. For some years, Judy spent April and October at Port Aransas, at first with Claude, and a host of family and friends joined her there to marvel with her at the sunrises and sunsets, accompany her on walks collecting seashells, and enjoy her hospitality. She will be missed by many, far and wide. A memorial service celebrating Judy's life will be held at the University Avenue Church of Christ at the corner of MLK and University Avenue at 2:00 pm on Saturday, November 3. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Austin Graduate School of Theology (austingrad.edu).

Published in Austin American-Statesman on Nov. 2, 2012
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