LAKELAND - Brenda Gayle Nelson Matthews of Lakeland, passed away on Feb 1, 2013 after complications of breast cancer
. She was 64.
Mrs. Matthews was born in Petersburg, Va., but spent most of her youth living in Kinston, NC. After graduating from East Carolina University, she began her teaching career. Mrs. Matthews was a kindergarten teacher for over 30 years and received teacher of the year from Snively Elementary in 1990. She then taught at Highland City Elementary in 1991 and taught kindergarten there until she retired.
She was an avid gardener, loved the beach and her family, especially her three beautiful grandsons. Survivors include Guy Mathews, husband of 43 years; daughter Heather Matthews Mogg; son, Shawn Matthews; and grandchildren, Liam Matthews, James Mogg and William Mogg.
A memorial service will be offered on Feb 4, 2013 at 4 pm at First United Methodist Church in Lakeland. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer a donation be made in Mrs. Matthews name to Good Shepherd Hospice.