Mary Heber Mathews

Born: Sun., Jun. 16, 1918
Died: Tue., Oct. 25, 2016

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Mary Heber Mathews (ne’e Mary Parsons Heber), long time resident of Madison and Guilford, Ct., died peacefully in her sleep October 25, 2016 in Sedona, AZ.  Mary was the widow of E. Gilbert Mathews (Gil) of Clapboard Hill, Guilford.

Mary was born in Haworth, N.J. on June 16, 1918 and was the daughter of the late Reginald and Bertha (McMillan) Heber of White Plains, NY.

Mary graduated from Skidmore College in 1940 with a BA in Fine Arts.  She continued her education at NYU in graduate finance at the New School of Social Research.  She also studied horticulture at Quinnipiac University.  Her love of art inspired her lifelong enjoyment of oil painting, pottery and jewelry making.  She exhibited her silver jewelry in 1957 along with a handful of other artists at the first Handcrafts Exposition in a borrowed Page Hardware tent on the Guilford Green.

During her marriage to Gil, she assisted him in his work as an industrial engineer and consultant to the packaging industry.

Mary loved the mystery of family genealogy, gardening, gourmet cooking and entertaining family and friends.  In later years she and Gil spent time traveling overseas, especially to St. Maarten.

Mary is survived by her two sons, Edward G. Mathews III (Myrna) of San Clemente, CA and David P. Mathews (Nancy) of Guilford, CT, two grandchildren, Edward G. Mathews IV (Patricia) of Higganum, CT and Brian W. Mathews of San Diego, CA, three great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her siblings, Col. Malcolm M. Heber, Reginald Heber, Jr. and Olga H. Kaufmann-Ardery.

Burial service will be held at the convenience of the family in Nut Plains Cemetery, Guilford, Ct.  In lieu of flowers, those who wish to honor Mary may contribute to:

·                 Compassus-Sedona Hospice, 70 Bell Rock Plaza, Ste A., Sedona, AZ 86351

·                 Connecticut Hospice, 100 Double Beach Road, Branford, CT 06405

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Carl Waters
   Posted Sun January 01, 2017
So sorry to hear Mary pasted away. I have fond memories visiting her at home when I was young and ridding the lawn tractor cutting the lawn, she made the best scrambled eggs ! Rest In Peace Mary. Carl Waters

Sharyl Heber
   Posted Mon January 02, 2017
Gratitude to my Aunt Mary for her devotion to the family genealogy. She left us all a rich history. Thank you! Rest in Peace. Your Niece, Sharyl.

Anita Griffith and Robert Parrott
   Posted Sat February 04, 2017
To all Mary's family, we send our heartfelt condolences. Mary was such a strong role model for young artists (myself) at the Handcrafts Center where we met 40 years ago. She was a lifelong friend to many of us. I shall miss our correspondence, she wrote great letters! Dear Mary, you taught us that a long successful life requires grit with a cheerful countenance. You will be in my heart forever, rest in Peace. Anita and Bob

Loretta and Bill Harrison
   Posted Thu May 04, 2017
We will always remember your smile and zest for life. You were a wonderful friend and always made us feel like family. You will be greatly missed. Rest in peace.