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Patricia Mathews - Class Of 1941

Patricia Jane “Pat” Mathews, 89, of Dewey, AZ, passed away February 6, 2013.  She was born September 23, 1923, in Milwaukee, WI to Erwin and Vera (Griffin) Benning.

The family moved to Kenosha, WI where Pat went to school, met and married Lawrence “Red” Mathews, and had four children.  In 1960 the family moved to Scottsdale, AZ, where Pat worked for 20 years in the electronics industry.  After retiring in 1986, Pat and Red moved to Dewey, AZ.  They often traveled with their trailer, seeing the sights, and visiting with friends and relatives around the country.  Pat was active in her community, volunteering at the Activity Center, with the Friends of the Library and with Neighbor to Neighbor.

She is survived by her children, Denise Rogers (Garry) of Humboldt, AZ, Larry Mathews of Helotes, TX, and Sandy Schott of New River, AZ; grandchildren, Katie McVey (Mikey) of Prescott, AZ, and Josh Schott of New River, AZ; sister, Bernice Kuehl of Atlanta, GA, and brother, Don Benning (Joan) of Kenosha, WI; as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

She was predeceased by her husband of 62 years; brother, Bob Benning; son, Jay Mathews, and daughter-in-law, Jamie Mathews.

Pat will be buried beside Red at St. James Cemetery in Kenosha, WI.  A memorial in her honor will be held in Arizona at a later date.