Marie C. Matous
“The Quilt Lady”
Marie C. Matous, age 88, of Kingsville, MO(formerly of Grandview, MO) passed away on Feb. 23, 2021 at the home surrounded in love from family and friends. A private Graveside service will be held at Pattonsburg Memorial Gardens cemetery on March 03, Wednesday at 2:00pm. Due to Covid, friends and family will be notified of a private viewing. Marie Carolyn (Curtis)/Mom was born in Pattonsburg MO to John Emil and Ruth Curtis. She was affectionately nicknamed “Dunk” by her brothers and was raised with small town traditions and values that NEVER left her. She inherited Grandma Ruth’s outstanding pie makings skills and Grandpa John Emil’s tireless work ethic. Mom was awarded a lifetime membership in the PTA after years of tireless leadership and work. Mom’s love of quilting and sewing was shared in many elementary schools in the Kansas City area through a program she developed. Mom loved teaching children about the historical significance of quilts and patterns and aiding them in making a school quilt. It would be very difficult to find anyone that Mom knew, family or friends, whose new baby did not receive one of her baby quilts.
When Mom was not quilting she was constantly adding to and reading from her vast library of books. From classics to period romances, Mom would often find the time to read after the kids went to bed. She insured that all of her children were immersed in the love of reading, often incorporating fun games into summer reading so that we were sure to allocate quality time for a book to be in our hands. Passion for reading poetry was something Mom shared with her Dad. It was not uncommon to see her newest favorite poem held on the refrigerator with one of her many magnets.
Mom spent many hours planting, caring for, and watering the vast amount of flowers and plants that lined the front of her home. She kept coffee cans full of flower seeds, many from Peonies that she grew herself. Dad would often roll his eyes when she would advise him it was time to “Water” on hot summer evenings. She was the heart of our family, the ever guiding light and present comfort to her daughter. Mom was the buffer between Dad and daughter when daughter informed Dad that her college degree had changed from nursing to criminal justice. Mom was the champion of each of her children’s whims and always supported their life endeavors. Many, many conversations at the kitchen table with friends involved bragging about where her youngest son was currently deployed in the Navy or what her two boys in Texas were doing and later in life about her three granddaughters. She made sure there was always a pie and a pot of hot coffee or her signature mix of lemon tea available for anyone that stopped by the house. There did not seem to be a day or weekend that family, friends, quilt guild members, PTA members or neighbors were not visiting for a kind word, advice or just a piece of pie and comforting beverage.
Mom lived eight years and a month after a debilitating stroke. It was possible due to the incredible love and support of her “extended family”. The care Mom received was the reason she could smile and put voice to the melody of hymns and hold hands and her comfort bears for many years beyond what doctors had forecasted.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Bert F Matous and son Michael, six siblings: Genevieve, Charles, Anna Lee, Robert, Georgia, Christine and parents. Survivors include four children: Amy J. Matous, Kingsville MO, Karl F. Matous and Tai Matous, Oregon, Bert Greg Matous, Missouri, Lee C. Matous, Tennessee. She is also survived by her three granddaughters: Ashley Dunn-Matous, Virginia, Michelle L. Matous, Tacoma, WA, and Matilda C. Matous, Leawood, KS.
The family suggests contributions whether financial or in your volunteering of time to Crossroads Hospice, or a children’s charity of your choice.
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