Obituary - Edna L. Matthews

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Published Friday, June 30, 2017

In Loving Memory of

Edna L. Matthews

Edna L. Matthews was born on October 29, 1922 at Sutton, Nebraska.  She passed away on June 25, 2017, at her home in Pueblo West, Colorado, with her family at her side at the age of 94.

Surviving Edna are her sons Denny and wife Marie of Kanawha, Iowa, Jimmy of Flagler, Colorado, JD and Noel of Logansport, Louisiana, Daughters Eunice Weber of Eads, Colorado, and Susy and Leland Lile of Pueblo West, Colorado.  Also surviving, one brother Don Scheierman of Burlington, Colorado, 13 Grandchildren, 24 Great Grandchildren and 2 Great, Great Grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and friends.

Preceding her in death were her beloved husband Bud of 64 years, children twins Bonnie and Donnie, two daughters-in-laws and one son-in-law.

Edna's early life began in a home south of Burlington, Colorado with several of her brothers and sisters.  Edna met her love of her life at the County Fair in Burlington.  Bud and Edna were married on September 8, 1940 in Goodland, Kansas. After they were married, Bud and Edna moved to a place 20 miles south of Kanorado.  Edna worked hard beside her husband milking cows "from dark to dark" and when needed drive the beet truck during harvest. 

April, 1941 their first son Denny was born.  Later in their lives the family moved to the Harris and Davies Ranch located South of Flager living in a small adobe house on the prairie.  September, 1942, Jim the second son was born. 

While Bud was serving in the Navy for 18 months, Edna and the two boys lived in Burlington, where she worked doing laundry and mending clothing to help provide for their family.  After Bud's release from the Navy in 1946, the family moved to the Fell and Ford ranch north of Kit Carson, Colorado.  There the rest of Edna's children were born, JD in 1947, Eunice in 1951 and Susy in 1954.

 In 1956 the family moved to the IR Salley Ranch north of Kit Carson.  On the ranch, Edna worked very hard cooking meals for the hired men, working beside her husband taking care of the cattle, and occasionally you would see her riding a horse helping to round up the cattle at branding time. 

Edna was also the cook at the Country School, Mt. Pearl, taking her small children with her on the days she worked at the school.  In her spare time, she attended the Community Quilting Bee learning how to make many quilts and playing cards which Edna enjoyed.  At home, when neighbors or other friends came to visit, Edna would be in the Kitchen preparing meals for everyone which she enjoyed doing and she was an awesome cook!!!!  Many pitch and poker games were held at this time and Edna could beat most of the men playing cards.

Edna and Bud also bowled on a doubles bowling league, she traveled to State Bowling Tournaments with her Daughters enjoying every moment.

From the Salley Ranch, Bud, Edna and Susy the younger daughter moved to Stratton, in 1971, they opened the "Matthews Western Store".  At this time they purchased a home on the West side of Vona.  After selling the Western Store, Edna went to work for the Drug Store enjoying being a "Soda Jerk" serving ice cream to all the children. 

After Bud's death in 2005, six years later June, 2011 Edna, along with her family, decided it would be best for her to move to Pueblo West. A home was purchased for Edna to live in across the street from her daughter Susy and husband Leland Lile.

Edna was a hard-working woman, that enjoyed her life to the fullest, especially during the Holidays when her children and their families came home.  She had a heart of gold and will be missed greatly by everyone who knew her.  Her Five Children all agreed they were very blessed and fortunate to have such a wonderful woman for their Mom!!!!

Thank-you to all the friends and family for you caring thoughts.

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