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Connie Matthews

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Connie (Gunlickson) Matthews, 86, of Great Falls, a homemaker, died of cancer Sunday, Dec. 2, at a local care facility.

A memorial service is 1 p.m. Wednesday at Vineyard Christian Fellowship Church. Schnider Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Our loving mother and grandmother passed away Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012. She bravely passed from a battle with cancer.

Connie was born Aug. 14, 1926, in Sweetgrass to Theola and Jerry Gunlickson and was raised in Great Falls. She was married to Clare Matthews; he died in 1988.

She was an avid reader who also enjoyed rummaging and baking. She was a joy to everyone who met her.

Connie is survived by her daughters, Michelle Eaton of Great Falls, Marlys Henderson of Kalispell, Debi Sadowsky of Great Falls, Cherise Schultz of Great Falls, Kara Matthews of Vaughn and Sharla Hart of Great Falls; a son, Richard Elliston of Lynnwood, Wash.; 14 grandchildren, Lisa, Shawna, Joel, Tara, Michael, Steve, Paul, Coni, Christy, Jeramy, Adam, Danielle, Destany and Sean; and 19 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Clare Matthews; a son Joseph "Butchie" Ridley; and grandchildren David Eaton and Jennifer Henderson.

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Published in Great Falls Tribune from Dec. 3 to Dec. 4, 2012
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