2016-11-24 / Obituaries


Gladys Ryser Mathews, 103, of Grove Hill passed away Nov. 18, 2016 at her residence.

She was born Feb. 24, 1913 to William Peter and Glida Hoven Ryser. A longtime member of Union Methodist Church, she loved her church family and was active in the Women’s Missionary Society and Women’s Society Christian Service. She was also a member of the Home Demonstration Club, active with the March of Dimes and served as a poll worker in Clarke County elections. She was well known for her cooking skills and hospitality.

Survivors include her children, M. Gayle ( Jean) Mathews, Gerald Braxton Mathews, William Ryser (Sharon) Mathews, all of Grove Hill; grandchildren, Tommy (Debra) Mathews, Courtney M. (Timmy) Windham; great-grandchildren, Mallory M. (Colby) Powell, Thomas Mathews, Lauren Mathews, Brianna Mathews, Mathew Windham, Will Windham, Blake Bolen; great-great-grandchildren, Emerson Powell, Cole Powell, and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Marvin C. Mathews, and siblings, Charlie Earl Ryer, Joe Ryser, Johnny Ryser, Pete Ryser and Louise Ryser.

A special Thank You to her caregivers, Jeanette H. Lawson, Flo M. Heison, Patsy D. Counselman, Arlene Walker and Therese B. Long. She loved each of them and the family will forever be grateful for the loving care they provided.

The service was Nov. 20 at 3 p.m. at Lathan Funeral Home in Jackson with Revs. Forrest Weekley and Earl Watson officiating. Internment followed in Trinity Memorial Gardens with Rev. Rusty Fulford officiating.

Active pallbearers were Rod Richardson, Greg Mathews, Harry Harrell, John Ryser, Lowell (Bug) Tarleton and Thomas Mathews.

Honorary pallbearers were her beloved nieces and nephews.

Online condolences may be offered at www.lathanfuneralhomejackson.com.

Lathan Funeral Home directed. (45-1tp)

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