AnnaBelle Weakley-Mattson 1922 ~ 2008 AnnaBelle Weakley-Mattson 86, born July 12, 1922 was killed in an auto accident Saturday, November 15th near Wendover, Utah. AnnaBelle owned the Porters and Waiters Jazz Club and Hotel from the late 30's until the early 60's. In the era of desegregation it was the only restaurant and hotel open to blacks in Ogden, UT. She was known as the "Queen of 25th Street" and brought many of the greats of Jazz to the crossroads of the west. AnnaBelle served on various boards including the Boys and Girls club in Salt Lake City 20 years, the Salt Lake Senior Center, the YMCA, the Legal Aid Society, the Governors Black Advisory Counsel, as a National Counsel on Alcohol and Drug abuse and she was the Ethnic Minority Specialist at the Utah State Prison. AnnaBelle will remain in the hearts and minds of everyone she touched. She was an extremely compassionate and loving lady and always did whatever she could to help anyone in need. Words alone cannot fully immortalize her life on this earth or what she meant to the people that loved her. Annabelle was preceded in death by her stepfather William E. Brown, her mother Laura Bailey Brown, her son Joseph Henry Weakley, her uncles Edward Bailey and Earnest "Bean" Bailey and her husbands, William H. Weakley, William C. Carter, Leroy Jefferson and Roger Mattson. Surviving are, her widow Roberto Hernandez, her sister Iris Johnson and her brother Joe McQueen, her daughter Bernadette Marshall, her sons Chris Jefferson and Allen Holmes, her stepchildren, Juana Waraer; Roberto Hernandez II her grandchildren Paul Weakley, Johnny, Alex and Bernell Marshall, and seven great grandchildren. Funeral Services will be conducted Friday at 2 p.m. at Evans and Early Mortuary Chapel, 574 E. 100 S., SLC, Utah. The family will meet friends at the Mortuary Friday from 1 to 2 p.m. prior to the services.
Published in The Salt Lake Tribune from Nov. 20 to Nov. 21, 2008.