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Lela C. (Clark) Matthews

December 12, 1937 ~ August 18, 2022 (age 84)


Lela C. Matthews, age 84 of Metropolis, Illinois passed away at 4:42 pm on Thursday, August 18, 2022 at her residence.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, August 23, 2022 from 12 noon to 1 pm at the Aikins-Farmer-Loftus-McManus Funeral Home with a graveside service following at the Metropolis Memorial Gardens with Pastor Clay Blankenbaker officiating.

Lela had previously attended New Beginnings Baptist Church, was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, AARP, was baptized into the Baptist faith, and was the Past President of VFW Ladies Auxiliary Chalmette Post #3706.

Lela is survived by her sons, Robert N. Matthews, Jr. and Jerry Wayne Matthews (Sara Jamison); granddaughter, Jessica Lynn Matthews; great grandson, R.J. Bachelder; sister, Audrey Lee Hammett; several nieces and nephews.

Lela was preceded in death by her parents, Henry Edward Clark and Mamie Pearl (White) Patrick; husband, Robert Nelson Matthews, Sr.; son, Ronald Edward Matthews; brothers, Langston Leroy Clark and Harlin Edward Clark; sister, Elaine Fortenberry.

Memorials may be made in Lela’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Aikins-Farmer-Loftus-McManus Funeral Home. Online Condolences may be made at

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August 23, 2022

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Aikins-Farmer-Loftus-McManus Funeral Home
70 Jon Street
Metropolis, IL 62960

Graveside Service
August 23, 2022

1:00 PM
Metropolis Memorial Gardens Cemetery, North Avenue, Illinois, Metropolis


St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105
Tel: 1-800-805-5856

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