Paula Sue Matthews, age 62 of Chamois, passed away Monday April 21, 2014 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.
Paula was born February 13, 1952, Jacksonville, IL, a daughter to the late Thomas Earl Stephenson and Geraldine (Schmidt) Stephenson.
On February 19, 1972, Paula was united in marriage to William "Bill" Ray Matthews in Chesterton, IN. He survives at the home.
Paula was a member of Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Freedom. Paula was employed for over 20 years with the Linn R-2 School District where she was the Middle School secretary. She was the cheerleading coach and enjoyed helping out with the track team.
Paula enjoyed shopping, craft shows, traveling, quilting, doing blankets for the St. Mary's Hospital Nursery, she loved theater performances whether it be musical or movies. But her greatest love was spending time with her family, friends and grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, Paula is survived by: three daughters, Sue Lindsey and her husband Brian of Jefferson City, Brandy Kempker and her husband Tom of Holts Summit, and Shannon Smith and her husband Dean of Jefferson City; one sister, Karen Schmidt and her husband Allen of Westville, IN; two brothers, Thomas Craig Stephenson and his wife Nikki of Porter, IN, and Ricky Lee Stephenson and his wife Mary of Jefferson City; 6 grandchildren, Brandon Matthews, Erich Kempker, Kayla Smith, Hannah Lindsey, Miranda Smith, Jarrett Smith as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.
Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at Morton Chapel in Linn.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, April 25, 2014, at Morton Chapel with Rev. Paul Landgraf officiating. Interment will follow at the Shirley Mint Hill Cemetery.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to Pilgrim Lutheran Church or Mint Hill Mennonite Church.