Betty Jane "Janey" Matthews – September 13, 2012

Betty Jane “Janey” Matthews, 90, of Amarillo died on Thursday, September 13, 2012.
Memorial services will be at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, September 17, 2012 at the Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Sherman Eastland, Chaplain of Odyssey Healthcare, officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Janey was born on August 28, 1922 in Edmond, Oklahoma to May and Paul Hill. She attended schools in Edmond and graduated from Edmond High School in 1940. She grew up with a mechanic father who wanted a son but, instead, trained Janey to tear down and reassemble a carburetor and engine as well as shoot a rifle.
Janey married James B. “Jim” Matthews on October 5, 1944 in Edmond, Oklahoma at the First Baptist Church. It was a truly loving relationship during their senior of high school, continuing on through their 64 years of marriage. Janey and Jim married after only five days of planning when Jim came home from flight training school during WWII. While waiting for Jim to return from Europe, Janey attended Central State College in Edmond, from which she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in education. During those war years, she also moved to Amarillo, taking position as an instructor at Army Technical School at Amarillo Air Base. After receiving her degree, she taught the Japanese in an internment camp in Utah for a year before returning to Edmond upon the arrival of Jim at the end of WWII.
Janey was a member of the First Baptist Church in Edmond, the church she attended until she and Jim moved to the Southwestern Public Service Moore County Plant housing between Sunray and Dumas in 1949. She was principal and taught first through fourth grades in a country school while they lived out at the plant compound. The family moved to Dumas in 1952, where they lived until moving to Hobbs, New Mexico with their four children. Janey taught at Heizer Junior High in Hobbs for many years and in Amarillo at Travis and Crockett Junior Highs during the late 1970’s and early 1980’s.
Janey was a devoted wife, a caring and supportive mother and a dedicated friend. She loved doing for others, her cats and cooking. She had an infectious smile that lit up the room. Her parents instilled in her spirit of adventure and a healthy can do attitude when approaching any life’s opportunities and challenges.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Matthews in 2005, her parents, May and Paul Hill and her son, Marc Matthews in 2006.
Survivors include her children, Susan Matthews Stevenson and husband Bob of Amarillo, Sallie Matthews Sapp and husband Justin of Albuquerque and Paul Matthews of Amarillo; her grandchildren, Matt Stevenson of Island Lake, Illinois, Micah Stevenson and wife Keri of Amarillo, Toby Stevenson of Amarillo and Emily Stevenson of Frisco, Texas; her great grandchildren, Brice, Reagan and Keara Stevenson of Amarillo; a sister, Paula Hill of Edmond and her children; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Billie and Bob Ransom of Redondo Beach, California and their children.
The family suggests memorials be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 2200 W. 7th, Amarillo, TX 79106, or to a favorite charity.
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