Irene Matthes - July 29, 2013Irene L. Matthes, 94, formerly of Hampton went home to her eternal reward on Monday, July 29, 2013, at Owen Valley Health Campus in Spencer, Ind.
Visitation will be Sunday, Aug. 4, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary in Aurora. Funeral services will be conducted on Monday, Aug. 5, at the mortuary at 10:30 a.m., with burial to follow at the Aurora Cemetery.
She was born on June 23, 1919, to William Mathew Ranard and Anna (Slutz) Ranard into a family of two brothers (Jason Ranard and Pete Ranard) and two sisters (Gladys Gimpel and Ruth Aylor).
Irene was a farm wife who worked alongside her husband, Ernst, for over 40 years. She was an avid gardener, enjoyed canning food for her family, loved growing flowers, and made many beautiful quilts. Irene was also well-known for her excellent cooking skills, especially her delicious fried chicken and gravy.
In her younger years, Irene was a devoted Sunday School teacher, served as the Superintendent of Sunday School at her church, and volunteered each year for a two-week VBS.
Irene is survived by her daughter, Carole Smith (Bernard) of Spencer, Ind.; two granddaughters, Carma Mason (Jeff) of Indianapolis, Ind. and Kris Samick (David) of Spencer, Ind.; five great-grandchildren: Ryan and Andrew Mason, and Kayla, Amanda, and Adam Samick; along with many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.
Irene was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Ernst E.F. Matthes, whom she married in 1940. She then moved to Indiana in 1986 to be closer to her daughter and her family. She was also preceded in death by her parents, brothers, and sisters.