Blanche L. Matthews
We are saddened to say our final goodbyes to Blanche Matthews, who died on, Thursday, February 14, 2019, at the age of 87. Blanche was generous, kind, and funny, always ready with an uplifting word or an understanding ear or an open wallet. She taught her daughters and grandson to be open-minded, to think positively, to act instead of complain, to let go of the past once its lessons had been learned, and to love life. People frequently remarked on her smile, her sunshiny disposition, and her acceptance of others as they are. Her sense of humor sometimes had a wicked touch, which those who loved her enjoyed.
Blanche Lillian Ochsenbein was born on January 11, 1932, in Texarkana, Arkansas to Leda and Carl Ochsenbein. She had one sister, Carla, who preceded her in death. Blanche married Jack Matthews in December 1952 and they had two daughters, Pam and Lisa. After Blanche and Jack divorced and she retired from Chevron, Blanche moved from The Woodlands back to Bryan to be near her daughters and their loved ones.
Blanche loved nature and enjoyed being outdoors. She stayed mentally and physically fit and active throughout her life, reading constantly, working in her garden, playing bridge and tennis, walking, traveling, and exercising at the gym with her friends. She was especially fond of birds, butterflies, flowers, and her daughters’ beloved pets.
More than anything, Blanche loved her family, of whom she was fiercely proud and protective. She often traveled with Lisa and Jane Poe, discussed gardens and finances with her son-in-law Dennis Berthold, and supported Pam’s career. She had a special place in her heart for her grandson Matthew Berthold, and was looking forward to celebrating his marriage to Brian Lynch in California later this year.
The family thanks Hospice Brazos Valley, St. Joseph Rehab Center, Dr. Erin Fleener and her staff at the Cancer Center, and Callaway-Jones Funeral Home and Crematory. For those who wish to honor Blanche’s memory, please consider a donation to Hospice Brazos Valley, Aggieland Humane Society or Bryan Animal Shelter, or The Gardens at Texas A&M University.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date honoring Blanche’s life. Cremation services are in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral and Cremation Centers, Bryan-College Station.
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