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Theodora Woodrow Johnson Matthews

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Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2018 2:27 pm

With one last vote Theodora Woodrow Johnson Matthews left this earth.  She died on Nov. 6, 2018, after a long and eventful life of 101 years.

Theodora was born Oct. 21, 1917, at home on the Johnson Ranch in Menard County, Texas.  She was the sixth of seven children born to Carrie and Nathaniel “N.J.” Johnson and the last to leave this earth.

Theodora attended Tarleton State, University of Texas, and received her bachelor and masters degrees from Sul Ross State University in Alpine. Her first teaching job was as band director in Eldorado, Texas.

While in Alpine, she met her future husband, Frank Matthews, and they were married April 16, 1944.  After the war, they returned to Alpine where they started their family. In 1965 they moved to McCamey, Texas. Finding a new home, a teaching job for Theodora, and a welcoming group of friends, they remained in McCamey after Frank’s retirement. 

After Frank died in 1995, Theodora continued to reside in McCamey, working in the Methodist Church, Garden Club, Study Club, Chamber of Commerce, and numerous civic and social groups. In 2014 she moved to San Antonio, Texas, to be closer to her daughters.

Theodora is survived by her three daughters, Dora Blatchford and husband Joe, Caroline Matthews and partner Ed Slezak, Ester Matthews and partner Max Nofziger; grandson Sloan (April) Blatchford, granddaughter Isabel Webster; and great grandchildren Relina Blatchford and Oliver Allen.

Theodora will be buried at Elm Grove Cemetery in Alpine. A graveside service will be held Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, at 2 p.m., followed by a gathering from 3-5 p.m. at a place to be determined.

In memory of Theodora, please plant a tree, seed out wildflowers, or contribute to a charity of your choosing.  

Arrangements are under the care and direction of the staff of Holt & Holt Funeral Home of Boerne, Texas. To share words of comfort with the family, please visit

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