Lesteretta Almeda Mathews, 88, of Cincinnati, Iowa passed away on December 10, 2020 at Centerville Specialty Care.
Lesteretta was born on March 14, 1932, the daughter of Lester and Hazel (Darrah) Houser. She was united in marriage to Friel Mathews on October 7, 1950. He preceded her in death on January 16, 1996.
Lesteretta was a long-time teacher’s associate for the Centerville School District. She was very passionate about working with students and especially those with special needs. She was an ardent sports fan and loved following her sons’, grandchildren’s, and great grandchildren’s sports and school activities.
She was a member of the First Christian Church in Cincinnati, Iowa and a dedicated member of P.E.O.
Lesteretta is survived by her sons, Rick (Mary Louise) of Centerville, IA, Randy (Cathy) of Cedar Rapids, IA, and daughter-in-law Alice Mathews of Loveland, CO. She is also survived by grandchildren Renee Darner and Melissa Mathews of Loveland, CO, Jonathan (Rachel) Mathews of Centerville, IA, Sarah (Mike) Zintz of Centerville, IA, Spencer (Tracy) Mathews of Council Bluffs, IA, Sierra Mathews of Kalona, IA, Callie Welsh of Cedar Rapids, IA, Amy (Rob) Welsh of Glendale, AZ, Lisa Welsh of Cedar Rapids, IA: Great grandchildren Tyler, Briana, Mathew, Merrick, Claire, Laney, Elizabeth, Emma, Sophie, Atticus, Ainsley, Chase, Avery, Amaya and Kylie: Many nieces and nephews, sisters-in-law June Lord of Southaven, MS and Jo Gregory of Unionville, MO. Brother-in-law Keith (Debbie) Mathews of Unionville, MO, a special niece Jeanie Nelson of Oklahoma City, OK and special nephew Ken Mehrhoff of Centerville, IA.
She was preceded in death by her husband, sons Ron and Ralph, her parents, her in-laws Ralph and Margaret Mathews, and sisters Lucille Mathews, Thelma Sparks, Bessie Mehrhoff, Verba Ross, and Leolla Besse.
Private family services will be held. A Public visitation will take place Monday, December 14, 2020 from 8:00AM-11:00AM at Lange Funeral Home and Crematory in Centerville, with NO FAMILY PRESENT. Masks must be worn to enter the facility. Memorials have been established to the First Christian Church of Cincinnati, and may be mailed to Lange Funeral Home and Crematory, C/O Mathews family, 1900 South 18th Street, Centerville, Iowa 52544. Condolences may be shared online at www.langefh.com.
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