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Charlotte Dallett MATHEWS


1931 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
January 1, 1931 - October 22, 2017 Our beloved family matriarch Charlotte Dallett Mathews - mother of four, grandmother of six, great- grandmother of three, and dear friend to many -- passed away at age 86 at the Villa Gardens Retirement Community in Pasadena - her home for the past 11 years. Having battled poor health for several months, she spent her final hours in peaceful sleep, surrounded by her loving family. Charlotte was born in Hopewell, VA in 1931, the only surviving child of Lawrence R. Dallett and Anna Mae (Hutchins) Dallett. She was raised in suburban Philadelphia, and, at age 15, moved with her family to Southern California. After graduating from Riverside Poly HS, she attended Pomona College, where she earned her degree in chemistry and met her future husband Jon Mathews. Jon and Charlotte were married during the weekend of their graduation from Pomona in June 1952. Charlotte and Jon settled in Altadena, CA and raised four children. She was active member of her community, her church, and the PTA of her children's schools. During her 40s, Charlotte earned an MBA at USC and began a career in banking that lasted two decades before she retired from Wells Fargo in the mid-1990s. During this period, she lived in a house of her own design in Altadena, and was a fully engaged member of St Mark's Episcopal Church, where she held several vestry posts and served on the Altar Guild and handbell choir. In 2006, Charlotte moved to Villa Gardens, where she became a popular resident and beloved friend to many. Her wide-ranging interests included astronomy, writing, painting, classical music, jigsaw puzzles, sudoku, Indian culture, collecting fine glassware, travel, and doting on her children, grand-children, and great-grandchildren. Charlotte authored "Love and Kisses from India", a memoir of her year of residence in that country during the 1960s. She will be remembered for her wit and sense of humor; her advocacy of equal rights for all; and as a person who made friends easily. Charlotte is survived by her four married children, all California residents -- daughters Valerie Mathews (Ted Ancona) of Altadena and Jancis (Michael) Martin of Rio Vista; and sons Richard H. Mathews (Patricia Whitney) of Brea and William S. Mathews (Bonnie Porter) of Los Angeles - along with six (6) grandchildren and three (3) great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 18, at 1:00 pm at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 1014 E. Altadena Dr., Altadena CA 91001. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to St. Mark's.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Oct. 28 to Oct. 29, 2017
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