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Melba Irene Matthews

Prairie Grove, AR, 1925 - 2019

Melba Irene Matthews, age 93, of Prairie Grove, died Wednesday, May 8, 2019. She was born December 28, 1925 in Fayetteville, the daughter of Claude and Jannie Gauldin Cline. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 48 years James Edward Kinzer; her husband of 20 years Ira Matthews; a grandson, David Edward Kinzer and a great-granddaughter, Kelsi Paige Elkins.
She was a homemaker who raised her family in a Christian home. Her passion was her family. She loved to bake, sew and care for her grandkids. Her specialties were homemade bread, sugar cookies and molasses cookies. She loved both of her church families, Mount Comfort Church of Christ and Prairie Grove Church of Christ.
She is survived by two daughters, Jan Oliver and her husband Jim of Fayetteville and Cathy Wright and her husband Daryl of Prairie Grove; a son, Eddie Kinzer and his wife Lorraine of Prairie Grove; seven grandchildren, Lori Judd and her husband Paul, Steve Poage and his wife Dora, Mike Poage and his wife Michelle, Matt Wright, Karol Elkins and her husband Craig, Andrew Wright and his wife Christine, Jennifer Emerson and her husband Ryan and six great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be 5-7 p.m., Monday, May 13, 2019 at Moore's Chapel. Funeral service will be 2 p.m., Tuesday at Prairie Grove Church of Christ with a private burial service to follow at Fairview Memorial Gardens, under the direction of Moore's Chapel. To sign the online guest book, visit

Published May 12, 2019

Moore Chapel
206 West Center Street, P.O. Box 1149, Fayetteville, AR
Phone: 479-442-7314