Marilyn H. Matheus
Marilyn H. Matheus
  • September 12, 1928 - October 11, 2017
  • Yuma, Arizona

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Marilyn Hyde Matheus, 89, of Yuma passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her family on October 11, 2017.

She was a kind and loving wife and mother who devoted her life to her husband and family. Mom was the epitome of a lady - and a wonderful example to all. She had a strong faith in God that carried her throughout her life.

Mom was born in Detroit, MI on September 12, 1928 to Cecil and Clarene (nee Bunce) Hyde. The family later moved to Connersville, IN.

Mom graduated from Connersville High School in 1946. She received a Bachelor's Degree in History from Miami of Ohio University.

In 1950, she married Charles G. Matheus, who was the love of her life. Mom worked as a social worker while Dad completed medical school and residency.

Mom and Dad had four children;, all born in Indiana; Betsy, Jenny, Christopher and Jonathan. The family moved to Scottsdale, AZ in June, 1959 after Dad finished training as an ophthalmologist. They moved the family to Yuma in 1961.

One of Mom's passions was her love of country and belief in American ideals. She was a true patriot.

Upon arriving in Yuma in 1961, she was surprised to discover that Yuma did not have a 4th of July parade. Along with her friend, Marilyn Elliott, they started the Melody Homes 4th of July Parade. The tradition continues to this day.

Staying in touch with friends and family was important to Mom and she made an art of it. Whether on the phone or with cards and letters, her words made you feel loved and special.

With family members living across the country, Mom made sure we all got together every couple of years. Family reunions were held with special t-shirts printed for the occasion.

At one such reunion in Park City, UT, she registered the Matheus family as an entry in the Park City 4th of July Parade... and we all marched and she loved it!

Mom was involved in the community for many years and was active in many groups: 4H, Girl Scouts, PTA, Yuma County Medical Auxiliary, Arizona Chapter AMA-ERF (American Medical Association - Education Research Foundation), P.E.O., Villa Viejo Home Owners Association, Miss Yuma County Pageant committee and chaperone, Election Volunteer, long-time member of First Presbyterian Church of Yuma, where she also served as a Deacon and an Elder.

Awaiting her in heaven are her beloved husband, Charles, her parents Cecil and Clarene Hyde, her sister Lorraine Hyde Huston, brother-in-law Edward Huston, nephew Brett Huston, mother-in-law Dove Matheus, sister-in-law Marilyn Wyatt, other family members and friends.

She is survived by her children, Betsy (Craig) Bowman, Jenny (Doug) Neurath, Chris (Deb Jendrasek) Matheus, Jon (Lynn) Matheus; her nephew, Kevin (Estelle) Huston; 8 grandchildren, Kristen (Matt) Bowman Venditte, Dustin (Nicole) Neurath, Casey (Brandon) Neurath Hazenberg, Brett Bowman, Lindsay (Nathan) Matheus Goldman, Amy Matheus, Huston Matheus, Morgan Matheus; great-nieces, Hannah (Huston) Wilhite and Regina Huston and 7 great-grandchildren, Mason Venditte, Jackson Neurath, Dylan Venditte, Finley Neurath, Bryden Hazenberg, Thomas Goldman and baby girl Hazenberg to arrive in December.

The family is grateful to the team of caregivers from Aponi who provided such loving care to Mom; with a special heart-felt thanks to Susan, Jill, Rita, Armida, Ashley and Malinda. We would also like to thank Hospice of Yuma.

A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, October 20, 2017 at First Presbyterian Church in Yuma, located at 598 S. 7th Avenue.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to either of the following:

P.E.O. Foundation, P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education, Kristine Chumley, 11274 S. Fortuna Rd., Suite D2-314, Yuma, AZ 85367.
The Freedom Library's Education and Scholarship Program, ? Yuma Sun, 2055 S Arizona Ave, Yuma, AZ 85365.