Mildred Louise Hadden Mathews
July 7, 1927 – August 1, 2020
Mildred Louise Mathews, 93, of Freeport, Texas passed away peacefully surrounded by three generations of her family on Saturday, August 1, 2020 at her granddaughter’s home in Schertz, Texas, near New Braunfels, TX. A devoted Christian, Mildred was a faithful member of the Church of God of Prophecy in Angleton, Texas, serving as the church clerk, Women’s Missionary Band Leader, and Adult Sunday School teacher, before her health curtailed her attendance and participation. She was a loving and caring daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, and aunt, adored by her family and friends.
Born in Lane City, Texas on July 7, 1927 to Mr. John Henry Hadden and Mrs. Susie Maggie Owens Hadden, she was the third of six children born to this union. A baby brother, Harvey Hadden, died in infancy and two sisters Otha Mae and Eunice both died as young women. Her two older sisters, Johnnie Mae Haynes and Frances Harper White passed away in 1994 and 2011, respectively.
As a child, Mildred resided in Lane City with her family until the age of thirteen (13) when the family moved to Wilson Creek, Texas. In 1941, the family moved again, this time to Palacios, Texas. The daughter of an evangelist of the Church of God of Prophecy, Mildred was baptized in her early teens—this ritual taking place in the creek in Palacios, Texas. Born during the Depression, she attended the Palacios Schools for Negroes and later was sent to Houston, Texas to live with the family of her maternal uncle, James “Tobe” Owens, where she continued her education at Phyllis Wheatley High School. After leaving high school, Mildred moved to Sealy, Texas for a brief time before settling in Freeport, Texas where she married, worked, made her home and raised six children—three girls, Yvonne, Cheryl, and Jackie and three boys, Kerry Lynn, Paul and Rosevelt, Jr.
Mildred always enjoyed a special and loving relationship with her sisters. Through the years, as they visited each other, laughter would fill their homes whenever they were together. They enjoyed a closeness and a concern for each other that set a wonderful example for their children. Until her death, that special closeness extended to her nieces and nephews.
Mildred was preceded in death by her parents, siblings and husband, Rosevelt Mathews. She is survived by daughters, Yvonne Porter Griffin of San Antonio, TX; Cheryl Chambers of Spring, TX; and Jacquelyn Hawkins (Albert) of Austin, TX; sons, Kerry Lynn Mathews (Karan) of Richwood, TX; Paul Matthews (Debra) of College Station, TX; and Rosevelt M. Mathews (Veronica) of Freeport, TX; and a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, great, great grandchildren, relatives and friends.
Services will be streamed on Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/DixonFuneralTX.
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