Barbara Joan Matthews

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Barbara Joan Gonseth Matthews, of Pine, died March 7, 2008.

She was born Jan. 16, 1925 in Salt Lake City, Utah, the only child of Adelphine Higham Gonseth and George Roswell Gonseth. She grew up in the home of her grandparents and attended school in Salt Lake City and was briefly married to Melvin Graham.

She enlisted in the U.S. Navy WAVES program near the end of World War II and served at Hunters Point, N.Y.

After leaving the service, she returned to Salt Lake City and later moved with her parents to Oak Park, Ill., where she met and married Howard Matthews. The couple was married for more than 59 years. Their children are Howard G. Matthews Jr. of Pine; Kenneth Matthews, deceased; James (Marilyn) Matthews of Cranberry, Pa.; Clark Matthews, deceased; and Brent (Ann) Matthews of Reno, Nev.

Mrs. Matthews and her husband made their home in Pine for the last 17 years, moving there from Chicago, where they had resided for nearly 40 years.

She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving for more than 25 years in the primary program, leading the young women's program and working as a visiting teaching coordinator in the Relief Society. Mrs. Matthews was also an ordinance worker for the Chicago Temple.

Mrs. Matthews was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease nine years ago and participated in studies to find a treatment, including one that continued for the past five years.

She is survived by her husband; three sons; 14 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, March 14 at the Pine Ward Chapel, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Visitation starts at 9:30 a.m. Burial at Vine Bluff Cemetery in Nephi, Utah will take place March 17.

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