Mattie Ree Ross-Matthews

Mattie Ree Ross-Matthews

Tuesday, December 3rd, 1935 - Tuesday, January 19th, 2021
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Born Mattie Ree Leslie on December 3, 1935, to her loving parents, Felton Leon Leslie and Mattie
Davidson, who preceded her in death, Mattie Ree had no choice but to be exceptional. Her kind heart
and loving spirit touched everyone she encountered. Her personality was captivating.

In her early years, she learned the value of hard work by working with her dad and aunt in Knoxville,
TN. She learned and mastered everything from hospitality to hosting. She later married, had
children, and used catering as a livelihood to care for her family. She was a fantastic cook and highly
successful caterer because it combined several of the things she loved: food, friends, and fun.
Mattie Ree was a people person. Those that came to visit usually wanted to stay. Friends would stop
by and eventually become family. Everyone in the neighborhood knew who she was and what she
believed. Her favorite scripture was John 10:10, “I have come, that they may have life and life more
abundantly;” and abundantly she lived.

Living life to the fullest was a ritual--traveling, seeing new things, and meeting new people. It was
important to her for her children to be introduced to the extraordinary things of life. She instilled in
them to never accept defeat. Learn all you can from every situation and use it to better yourself.
Settling for less was never an option. This value extended far past her children—all children connected to her became her children as well. If she had it, everyone had it because she believed in “the village.”
She eventually set catering aside and became one of the first black women to work on the line at
Raytheon. She moved from there to Chrysler as a production worker, from which she later retired
after 18 years. After retirement, she traveled and continued to experience life to the fullest.

Mattie Ree was the mother of nine children:
Gaylord L. Leslie (deceased), Sandra A. Hyder-Wesley (Arthur), Darlene Hyder (Fergus), Wanda
J. Leslie, Nadine Leslie (deceased), Leslie A. Matthews, Leo Matthews Jr. (Deborah), Nicole
Matthews, and Felton L. Matthews (Dawn). Along with her children, she leaves to cherish her memory:
one brother, Glenn (Ruby) Moore; one nephew, G. Rashad Moore; one niece, Latonya Moore; a
sister-cousin, Louise Sloan of Cleveland, OH; 14 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; two great-nieces; two great-nephews; and a host of other family and friends.
Mattie Ree was the ultimate example of living an abundant, Godly life. She was a constant pillar of
strength, continuously overcoming insurmountable trials and making it look easy. She loved God, her
family, and dancing. And now, the spectacular, extraordinary, one of a kind Mattie Ree, is dancing
with our Heavenly Father forever.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, January 25th, 2021 | 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    Monday, January 25th, 2021 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    Serenity Funeral Home
    2505 University Drive NW
    HUNTSVILLE, AL 35816
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    In lieu of flowers the family has requested "Greeting Cards"

    Mask are required to be worn.
  • Service

    Tuesday, January 26th, 2021 | 1:00pm
    Tuesday, January 26th, 2021 1:00pm
    Keilah Primitive Baptist Church
    213 Winchester Road
    HUNTSVILLE, AL 35811
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Mask are required to be worn.
    Pastor Charles Davis
  • Interment

    Indian Creek Cemetery


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Jackie Davis

Posted at 01:38pm
Ms. Matrie Ree will be missed, she had the best sense of humor and was always a kind spirit. You all are in my prayers. God bless.

Freda Lacey

Posted at 07:56am
Sending heartfelt condolences to Felton, Nicole, Leslie, Leo and the entire Matthews Family. I pray GOD gives each of you peace, comfort and understanding during this most difficult time.

With Love, Freda Lacey

Fay (Stephens) Cowan

Posted at 01:47am
To the family of Ms. Mattie Ree you have my deepest sympathy. She was one of the mothers in the neighborhood that I learned so much from growing up. She was the sweetest lady.

Mt Zion Cathedral

Posted at 06:49pm
May God Strengthen you during your time of need. Revelation 21:4
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Earla Sue Lockhart

Posted at 08:17pm
My thoughts and prayers are with Sandra Hyder-Wesley and the entire family during your season of grief. Although your hearts may be heavy now--please know that there are indeed brighter days ahead. May the God of all comfort give to each of you His, peace, His power and His presence.

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