Sharon Lee Matthews passed away at her home January 9, 2019, in Clovis, New Mexico at the age of 80 years. She was lovingly surrounded by her family.
Visitation is Saturday, January 12, 2019 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at Steed Todd Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held in Sikeston, Missouri, where she will be laid to rest next to her husband John A. Matthews in the Garden of Memories Cemetery.
Sharon was born August 24, 1938 in Wyandotte, Michigan to William Robert and Madeline (Faigle) Bond. Upon graduation from high school she attended college at Murray State studying nursing.
Along came John Matthews and whisked her off her feet and the two of them became one on July 26, 1957. They were married for 51 years and were very proud of their two children, Dena and Thomas and their accomplishments. John and Sharon served in churches in Missouri, Kentucky, Texas, and Clovis, New Mexico, where John was on staff as the Youth Minister. Sharon always helped John in his work and served with him in any capacity he needed. She was a member of Central Baptist Church for 51 years. Sharon served on various committees in the church and helped with Grief Share. In earlier years, she taught Sunday school classes in the children’s area and sang in the choir.
Her extensive career in banking kept her very busy, starting out as a Bookkeeper in 1970. From there she worked in many areas of the bank before settling in the personnel department and gaining officer status in 1977. She then became a Vice-President in 1983. Sharon managed the marketing, personnel, training, payroll, merchant service and bookkeeping departments simultaneously during the mid-1990’s and earned the status of Banking Center Manager, before her retirement in July, 1999.
After 29 years, she retired from banking, leaving behind an outstanding list of accomplishments. She was the 1998 winner of the Nations Bank LEND Award (Leadership Excellence in Neighborhood Development) and served as a board member of the Senior Olympics and American Heart Association. In her role as manager of the marketing department she was active in the NM Music Educators Annual Program, Adopt a School Program and Outstanding Teacher Program to name a few. Sharon was also a member of the National Association of Banking Women and American Business Women’s Association. She loved to travel and started the Sun Select Travel Club which was enjoyed by all who participated enabling members to tour with a group of people, led by Sharon as Director, to places such as Australia and Alaska.
Sharon and her husband John also traveled together around the world, meeting new friends and creating memories wherever they would go.
Preceding her in death and welcoming her into Heaven was her loving husband, John Andrew Matthews; her parents, Robert and Madeline Bond; father and mother-in-law, Ben and Jenny Matthews; sister-in-law, Helen Matthews and brother-in-law, Lee Matthews. Also numerous uncles and aunts.
Surviving their mother is a daughter, Dena Blackwell and her husband, Doc, of Ft. Worth, TX; and a son, Thomas Matthews of Edinburg, TX; one grandson, Matthew Blackwell of Ft. Worth, TX; brother-in-law, Don Matthews of Sikeston, MO; sister-in-law, Lillian Matthews of Sikeston, MO; and lots of good friends who will all miss her and remember her for all the joys and sorrows shared together.
Memorial gifts may be donated to the New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home, Box 629, Portales, NM 88130.
I am deeply saddened to hear of Sharon's passing. As a young man her husband John and Sharon were role models. They were always smiling and happy to see you, and even in cases of adversity they were always positive. They both have had a great influence on me as how to treat other people. The memory of John and Sharon are their great smiles and optimism and the influence they had on many of my generation. You both are never forgotten.
Stephen TaylorBakersfield, CA
We knew Sharon from many years ago when she worked at the bank. She worked with my mother for many years. She was so kind and caring, as she would always ask about my family members when we saw each other. We are so very sorry for your loss, and will forever remember her kindness and happy smile.
Bob and Barbara HillClovis, NM
Tiffany, Wade and Brock FullingimLubbock, TX
The Matthews Family has a special place in my heart! Growing up in Central Baptist Church, they became family to me. I have many memories of mission trips, choir musicals, and get togethers. Sharon will be missed, but is now with John again!
Vickie BensonLubbock, TX
I am praying for your family. Sharon was a wonderful lady and I will miss her. She had so many fun stories.
Debbie HudsonClovis, NM
Great Lady. I will miss her.
Jill ButlerClovis, NM
Sharon was such a wonderful neighbor and friend to all. She will be missed.
Debbie RobinsonClovis, NM
May the Lord give you comfort and peace knowing Sharon is with Him and John. We loved Sharon!
Ardeth & Lonnie LeslieClovis, NM
Dena and family,
I am so very sorry for your loss. I am sending many prayers your way. Love, Margaret
Margaret Burns HincheeClovis, NM
Knowing Sharon was a blessing and delight. We will miss her.
Zella and Raymond FurrowClovis, NM