Una Wendell Mathews passed away on April 25, 2014 in Colville. She was born on July 1, 1920 in Detroit, MI, the daughter of Robert and Norah (Lacey) Grant.
Una grew up and graduated from high school in Detroit. Following high school, she attended Wayne State University, graduating with a Bachelorâ€™s Degree in Speech and Communication. She would go on to win many awards for public speaking in her lifetime. She also used her talent of dramatic speech on her daddyâ€™s radio show in Detroit, as well as for selling snacks in the stands at Tiger Stadium. However, she was a bit tongue-tied when she met the debonair, Carey Grant at a Tigerâ€™s game.
Growing up, Una lived in a two-story Brownstone duplex. The neighboring tenant, Neigh Mathews, was Johnâ€™s older sister and matchmaker. She introduced them on Saturday, March 7, 1942 at her dinner party; the night Una met the love of her life.
On April 6, 1943, Una married John Mathews, a Flight Instructor at Marfa (Texas) Army Air Base. On Feb. 6, 1945, the couple gave birth to their first son, Grant, in Detroit, MI. Una and her husband relocated to Marfa, TX, where they had their second son, John Lee, on Jan. 16, 1949, and eventually their third son, Robert, on Jan. 16, 1953.
While living in Marfa, the family owned and operated Mathews Appliance Dealership and was part owners of a brokerage firm.
Una and her husband were very active in the Marfa community. Una served as a Den Mother for the local Boy Scout Troop and her husband, John, served two-terms as mayor of Marfa.
The family moved to Phoenix, AZ in 1959 and Una was employed by First National Bank of Arizona as a Notary. In 1977, the family relocated once again to Metaline Falls and they thoroughly enjoyed retirement. She became very active in the local Garden Club and took piano lessons from her daughter-in-law, Marcia. There were many hours of laughter as they perfected their duet, â€śNolaâ€ť for the spring recital.
Unaâ€™s beloved husband, John, passed away on Dec. 1, 1983. She continued to live in Metaline Falls until she moved to Park Place Retirement Home in Spokane. In September 2009, Una moved to Tiger to be closer to her granddaughter and caretaker, Julie. Her daughter-in-law, Debbie, would visit her every Monday night after work to fix them dinner and play Scrabble. In Unaâ€™s spare time, she enjoyed gardening, painting, reading and spending time with her family.
Una was preceded in death by her loving husband, John; her sons, Robert, and John Lee.
She is survived by her son, Grant Mathews, San Diego, CA; grandchildren, Chris Mathews and wife Michelle, Priest River, ID; Julie Fristad and husband Toby; Tiger; Clinton Mathews and wife Rachelle, Metaline Falls; daughter-in-laws, Marcia Keller, Liberty Lake; and Debbie Mathews, Metaline Falls; and great-grandchildren, Marcus, Travis, Lucas, Benny, and Mikayla, who also shared the same birthday as her great- grandma.
Per Unaâ€™s wishes, a memorial service will not be held.
If one so wishes, memorial contributions can be made in Unaâ€™s name to Fire District No. 2 Auxiliary Fund, P.O. Box 435 Metaline Falls, WA 99153.
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Danekas Funeral Chapel & Crematory has been entrusted with the arrangements.