Mata Prout loving mother and grandmother entered eternal rest in the comfort of her family at her home in Agawam on April 28,2021. Born in Albany NY on October1,1926 to the late Oswell and Mata (Tower) Hamer she was raised and educated in Pittsfield graduating from Pittsfield high class of 1944. As a young woman she moved to West Springfield and then to Agawam where she settled to raise her family. Being a loving mom to her children was her priority. She spent many successful years as an office manager for Hallmark Van Lines before her retirement. In her leisure Mata had a passion for the beach and Hampton beach was a favorite destination. She also enjoyed watching the Boston Bruins and Jeopardy. And she readily admitted she also loved to smoke. True to her reputation as a “firecracker” in her youth she often reminded others not to do anything she wouldn’t do! Mata was never short on words and proud of it. Her lively spirit and loving ways will forever be remembered.
Mata is survived by her beloved children Richard Prout III and his wife Joanne of Agawam, Sherrill Montessi of Agawam, daughter-in-law Patricia Prout and her special friend who is like a daughter Carmen McNamee and her husband Gary. To cherish her memory, she leaves her grandchildren Michael, Nicholas, Dominic Jr., Ashlee, Diana, Stephanie, Bryana, Michael Jr., Taryn, Cullivan, Jenn, Beth and great grandchildren Tyler, Madison, Cameron, Da’Mason, Brayden, Callen, Joey, Avery, Ethan, Jack, Meghan, Emma, Peyton, Cooper, and Gabriel. Sadly, she was predeceased by her son Michael Prout and her sister Joy Hines. The family would like to express special thanks to her caregivers Lilly and Pam for the compassion and care given to Mata.
Calling hours for Mata will be held Monday May 3,2021 from 4-7 P.M. at the Agawam Funeral Home 184 Main St in Agawam. Family and friends will gather on Tuesday May 4, 2021 beginning at 9 A.M. for a 10 A.M. funeral service followed by committal at Springfield Street Cemetery. COVID-19 guidelines will be followed.
1926 - 2021
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Published by Bureau County Republican on May 3, 2021.