March 13, 2000
She was born August 15, 1949 in Great Falls, Montana to Roy and J. and Illean E. (Morey) Johns. A resident of Snohomish County for five years, she was a member and the librarian for the Everett Chorale, a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Chancel choir, and for ten years was a 4-H leader.
Mrs. Mathews loved to sing and enjoyed opera. There was always a special place in her heart for her horses and two dogs. She instructed people in the art of horseback riding at her own stable, which was lovingly called Camelot Farms. She was also a school bus driver for the Northshore School District.
Mrs. Mathews' six grandchildren knew her affectionately as "Nana." She is survived by her parents, her husband, Lee R. Mathews of Snohomish; her children, Scott James Cox of Everett, Jill Lee LaRosa of Marysville, Jean Marie Cox of Seattle, and Joy Illean Taylor of Tacoma; her loving sons-in-law, Michael LaRosa and Daniel Taylor; her stepchildren, Brian K. Mathews of Seattle, and Melissa L. Roe and her husband Jason of Billings, Montana.
Mrs. Mathews also leaves her beloved sisters, Linda Walt of Missoula, Montana, and Eunice McClure, and their husbands Kenny Walt and Roger McClure; her precious grandchildren, Mikayla LaRosa, Katherine LaRosa, Jimmy Taylor, Libby Roe, Jake Roe, and Tyler Mathews. Her first husband, Capt. James "Hotcakes" Cox, preceded her in death in 1974.
Funeral services were held Feb. 12 at the First Presbyterian Church in Everett, with burial at Evergreen Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be given to Little Bit Riding Center, Everett Presbyterian Church, or Snohomish County 4-H horse program.
Born June 18, 1925 in Yakima, she is survived by two sons, Ralph and his wife, Donna Lease, and John and his wife, Sharon Lease; four grandchildren, Michelle, Matthew, Jennifer, and Rebecca.
Memorial services will be held Friday, March 17, at 1:30 p.m. at Bear Creek United Methodist Church, 16530 Avondale Rd. NE, Woodinville. Memorials may be sent to Children's Hospital, Seattle.