Jeannie G MATTHEWS Jeannie Gray Matthews passed peacefully into the arms of her Lord on Wednesday, May 18th. She was an exemplary Christian and inspiration to all who knew her. She was a member of the Ballard Free Methodist Church for many years before moving to the Warm Beach Senior community 13 years ago. In the Warm Beach community she was known and loved for her willingness to serve and share her unlimited love. Jeannie taught Kindergarten in the Shoreline school district for 40 years and taught piano from her home for nearly as long. Some of the children she taught grew up and sent their children to her classes. She was the great-granddaughter of James Hudson Taylor, the first Protestant missionary into Inland China. She is survived by her husband of over 60 years, LaVerne, and her four sons, David, Ken, Gary and Greg, as well as her 23 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Everyone who knew her learned from her the true meaning of grace, strength and unconditional love. Memorial services will be held Saturday, May 28 from 3:00 p.m. on at the Warm Beach Free Methodist Church, 20815 Marine Drive, Stanwood, WA 98292.
Published in The Seattle Times on May 25, 2011.