BURLINGTON - Dorthy Rimmer Matkins passed away peacefully on May 18, 2011, after many years of declining health. She was the oldest daughter of John and Myrtle Rudd Rimmer.
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Married for 50 years to Edd Matkins, she was a loving mother to four children. Dot was a lifelong member of Davis Street United Methodist Church in Burlington. Many of her friends, who stayed devoted throughout her long illness, were her Sunday School classmates in The Builders Class.
Dorthy spent years helping others tackle the problem of adult illiteracy. She visited textile mills and appeared on public TV, giving talks on the importance of adult education and adult literacy. She, herself, went back to school to obtain her high school diploma at the age of 60. She was chosen by ABC network to participate in a nationwide PSA about adult literacy and education. How proud we were to see our mother on a commercial during Monday Night Football! In that PSA she said, "I quit school when I was 16 because I was in love." Being a wife, mother and grandmother were her proudest accomplishments … along with watching us eat her home-cooked meals.
Mrs. Matkins was predeceased by her father; husband; daughter, Diane Cornell; and son, Eddie Matkins.
She is survived by her mother; sisters, Peggy Falkner, Wanda Frizell (David), Johnnie Delissio (Bob); brother-in-law, Harlin Matkins (Fran). She also leaves a loving and caring daughter, Kitty Matkins; son, Clint Matkins (Trish); daughter-in-law, Laura Matkins; grandson, Curtis Cornell Jr.; granddaughters, Andrea Matkins, Lisa Johnson, and Samantha Matkins; five great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Kitty, Laura and Andrea recently helped Dorthy celebrate her 81st birthday, which fell on Easter Sunday, the only time in her life the two holidays coincided.
The family would like to thank Golden Living Center for their many years of nursing care. Mrs. Matkins definitely had her favorite aides and you know who you are.
A memorial service celebrating Dorthy's life will be conducted at Davis Street United Methodist Church in Burlington on June 12, 2011, at 2 p.m. The family would love to visit with you at that time.
Published in TheTimesNews.com from June 4 to June 5, 2011