Geraldine O. Matthews

Geraldine O. Matthews, 82, of Fordyce died Friday, July 11, 2014 at the Dallas County Medical Center in Fordyce. She was born Sept. 14, 1931 in Dallas County, Ark. After attending high school in Carthage, Ark. she took home courses in dress designing and interior decorating in Chicago, Ill. Geraldine lived outside of Arkansas for many years in such places as Maryland and Ohio. In those places she was always active in the United Methodist Church and with the children and their schools. Geraldine helped take care of the elderly in their homes and also in nursing homes in Ohio and in Arkansas. She was also a member of the local home extension club. She is preceded in death by her parents, James E. Overton and Lucy Amy Lawrence Overton; three brothers; and five sisters. She is survived by two sons, Ben E. Matthews and wife Donna of Vernon, Wash., William C. Matthews and wife Diane of Fordyce; two daughters, Rebecca Sigal of Loraine, Okla., Phyllis Kay Dailey and husband Jack of Virginia Beach, Va.; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be Monday 6-8 p.m. at Benton Funeral Home in Fordyce. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Tulip Methodist Church in Tulip with Rev. Shane Matthews officiating. Burial will follow at Tulip Cemetery. Arrangements by Benton Funeral Home in Fordyce. To sign the online register visit

Published July 13, 2014

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