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SHIRLEY JONES MATHEWS Shirley Jones Mathews passed away Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at her home in Pasco WA with her loving family by her side. Shirley was born on January 16, 1932 at her family home in Amory MS to Frank and Velma (Caldwell) Jones. Shirley graduated from Amory High School. She then attended Mississippi State College for Women, the University of Alabama, and the University of Missouri School of Journalism where she earned her Bachelors of Journalism degree in 1954. She met Gerald K. Mathews in 1953 on a blind date and they were married in Cape Girardeau MO on July 1, 1955. Shirley has had many successful careers including being a reporter for the Southeast Missourian Newspaper, a legal secretary, and as a manager for Texas Instruments Inc. until she retired in 1993. Shirley, her husband Gerald, and their two sons have lived in Port Lavaca TX, Houston TX, Dixon CA, Harlingen TX, and Lubbock TX. Shirley and Gerald moved to Pasco WA in 2006 to be near their granddaughter, Mattie. Shirley enjoyed spending time with her family, reading and listening to books, and correcting grammatical errors in the newspaper. After 65 years of marriage, she leaves behind her loving husband Gerald, her son Ken (Alys) Mathews of Katy TX, son Mike (Janice) and granddaughter Mattie of Pasco WA. She will be remembered as a loving and supporting wife, mother, mother-in-law, and grandmother. She will always be loved and missed greatly. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Tri-Cities Chaplaincy Hospice House in Kennewick, WA. The family would like to thank the Hospice staff for giving them amazing support throughout this difficult time.
Published in Tri-City Herald on Dec. 25, 2016
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