Janis Elizabeth (Betty) Willey Mathews, born in Nederland Texas on July 10, 1946 to Frank and Serena Ratcliff Willey. She passed this life on August 17, 2019 after courageously surviving both breast and lung cancers. Born at home at only 3 pounds, she was the youngest of 8 children. She attended Nederland schools and graduated from Nederland High School in 1964. She is preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Serena Ratcliff Willey, her sisters and brother-in-laws Annette Willey Lormand (Wayne) of Orange, Edna Willey Totten (William) of Nederland, Beatrice Willey Williams (Norvil) of Carthage, and infant brother, Frank Willey Jr., brother-in-law John Templain of Newton, and niece's Rebecca Sue Totten of Nederland and Hope Willey of Nederland.
She is survived by her husband Dr. Roy Mathews of Sherwood, Arkansas. Daughters Tracy Allen (Chuck) of Hardin, Texas, and Kristal Allen (Brian) of Kyle, Texas and two step sons Brent Mathews (Sandy Pimeno) of Whitesboro, Texas and Dr. Paul Mathews of Seattle, Washington. Grandchildren Maegan Jones (Wes Hutter), Shelby Yarbrough (Adam), Jennifer Allen Cook (Mac), and Davey Allen (Mikay) Miranda Allen, Victoria Allen, Jaxon Allen, Great-grandchildren Tyler Jones, Augustus Hutter, Cooper Moyer, and Charlotte Yarbrough. She is also survived by her 3 remaining siblings, Joe Willey (Irene) of Groves, Texas, Philip Willey of Bonham, and Nancy Willey Templain of Beaumont and a host of very special nieces, nephews and other friends and family. The family wishes to extend our gratitude to caregivers Ms. Ann Rogers of Little Rock, Arkansas, Ms. Mary Foxworth (Batson) and Texas Elite Hospice Services.
Services for Mrs. Mathews are under the direction of Allison Funeral Services of Liberty, Texas with visitation on August 21, 2019 12-2pm and services at 2pm. Burial will be at the Houston National Cemetery in Houston, Texas August 22, 2019 at 2:15pm. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to support the American Cancer Society or another charity of your choice. Pallbearers will be Jason Templain, Jeffery Templain, Justin Templain, Jacob Templain, Adam Kuehn and Brent Mathews.
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