Dora Gaye Ashabranner Mattheus

Thursday, February 27, 2014
Dora Gaye Mattheus

Dora Gaye Ashabranner Mattheus, 88, of Manila, passed from this life Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at the NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro. Born Feb. 20, 1926, in Manila, she was the daughter of Ed and Mary Louise Pierce Ashabranner and had been a lifelong Manila resident. She was the widow of Kenneth Mattheus and was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by a brother, Eddie Ashabranner, a nephew, Wendell Ashabranner, and a son, Kenny Mattheus.

She leaves a daughter and son-in-law, Janiece and Andy Flannigan of Manila; five grandchildren, Shannon Hill of Fayetteville, Richie and Candy Pierce of Little Rock, Michelle and Gary Barks of Manila, Tiffany and Derek Blancett of Jonesboro, Hannah Flannigan of Manila; six great-grandchildren, Matthew Hill, Gabrielle and Kendall Pierce, Elizabeth, Andrew, and Sydney Barks; two nieces and their husbands, Sheila and Larry Bourland of York, Penn., and Thelma and Randy Veach of Manila; her sister-in-law, Jessie Ashabranner of Manila; her brothers-in-law and their wives, Denny and Brenda Mattheus of Paragould and Donnie and Ludie Mattheus of Manila.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, March 2, at the First United Methodist Church in Manila with Rev Jerry Pentecost and Randy Veach officiating. Burial will follow in Manila Cemetery. The family will receive friends Saturday evening from 6-8 at the Howard Funeral Service Chapel in Manila.

The family prefers any memorials be made to the First United Methodist Church in Manila.

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