Mary Katherine Matthews

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Mary K. Matthews
August 15, 1928 • May 11, 2019

Mary K. Matthews, 90, of Willmar, Minnesota passed away peacefully at her home May 11, 2019.

There was a Mass of Christian Burial 11:00 a.m at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Murdock, Minnesota, Monday, May 20, 2019 with visitation one hour prior to the service.  Private internment was at the Sacred Heart cemetery in Murdock.   In lieu of flowers, memorials were preferred to the American Cancer Society, Willmar hospice, or donor’s choice.

Mary was born August 15, 1928 and grew up in Boardman, Wisconsin. Mary was a graduate of the College of St. Catherine in Saint Paul Minnesota in 1948 where she studied early education.   Mary’s first job was a first grade teacher in Murdock, Minnesota.  Mary enjoyed teaching so much and she was beloved by all of her students that she taught school in Murdock for 35 years!  Mary was a lifetime member of the VFW Auxiliary.  She was very involved with Sacred Heart Church in Murdock and she enjoyed quilting as well as church dinners and attending mass. Mary was a recipient of the New Ulm diocese Bishop award for her many years of service to the church. Mary also farmed many years with her husband Jim and they both enjoyed vacationing in their winter home in Mesa, Arizona.  Jim and Mary moved from their farm to the Copperleaf senior living facility in Willmar in 2009.  Mary enjoyed her home at Copperleaf as well as the many new friends she met there over the past 10 years.

Mary is preceded in death by her loving husband of 61 years Jim, nephew Dan Matthews, parents James and Edna Simon, and brother-in-law Leo Furr.  

She is survived by sisters: Yvonne Furr, Donna (John) Coughlin, and brother Jim (Christine) Simon as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.   Mary was such a kind, generous and loving person and she will be missed by many.  

Arrangements were with Zniewski Funeral Home.  

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