Charlene Mathews, 76Published 5:21pm Monday, January 21, 2013
Born: March 28, 1936
Died: Jan. 16, 2013
CASSOPOLIS — Charlene Mathews, 76, of Cassopolis, died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, in Elkhart, Ind., General Hospital.
She was born March 28, 1936, in Grand Rapids to Emerson and Edna (Mitchell) Hill.
She married Henry Mathews July 31, 1954, in Dowagiac. Her husband preceded her
in death Sept. 1, 2010. She was also preceded in death by her parents and two
sisters, Betty Holmes and Barbara Copley.
Charlene and her husband enjoyed camping with the family, traveling throughout
the United States. She loved computer and video games. Throughout their whole
lives, she and her husband did a lot, from riding motorcycles in the warm months to
snowmobiles in the winter.
Charlene baked and always had cookies for the grandkids.
Charlene will be greatly missed by family and friends. She is survived by: her five
children, Ron Mathews of Cassopolis, Donnie Mathews of Avondale, Ga., Kathy
(Chris) Brown of South Bend, Ind., Karen (James) Small of Stone Mountain, Ga., and Robert Mathews of Cassopolis; six grandchildren, Eddie Vinson of Cassopolis, Jason (La-Kesha) Small of Georgia, James (Shameka) Small II of Stone Mountain,
Donnie Mathews II of Georgia, Calvin Hill of Cassopolis and Rickey Small of Stone
Mountain; 19 great-grandchildren; one sister, Priscilla (Leo) Lawson of
Cassopolis; one brother, James (Sue) Hill of Hemet, Calif.; and many cousins.
Family and friends gathered Jan. 20 at Connelly Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, 202 N. Broadway St., Cassopolis.
Funeral services were Monday at 2 p.m. in the funeral home, with the Rev. Leozie Broadnax officiating.
Online condolences may be posted at wagnercares.com.