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Alice M. Mattix
March 2, 1926 - March 31, 2013
Alice Mae Mattix, 87, passed away at 2:30 a.m. on March 31, 2013, at the home of her daughter, Shari Norris, in Carmel.
On March 2, 1926, in Warsaw, Alice Mae Perry was born, the cherished daughter of Albert and Vesta (Coffin) Perry. Growing up, she shared her childhood with 10 siblings. With great pride, she graduated with her class in 1944 from Warsaw High School.
On Sept. 15, 1946, Alice married her best friend, Loren Mattix, who became the love of her life. Together, they shared 58 years of life's adventures while raising three wonderful children: Tom, Shari and Barb. Over the years, the family tree flourished with the added blessings of five grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Through the years, Alice oversaw the household and worked outside the home some, as guidance secretary at Rochester High School. She also managed the office of the Grace United Methodist Church for a number of years. When the children were raised, Alice envisioned a return to school for herself. She graduated from Manchester College in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science degree in secondary education, specializing in home economics and business.
Akron Middle School was home for 11 years as Mrs. Mattix headed the home economics department, teaching her students life skills of cooking, sewing, manners and other important domestic topics. During those early years, she garnered her master's degree in secondary education from IU at Kokomo. In 1988, Alice retired to spend more time with her husband and to allow for additional time to dote on her cherished grandchildren, the fabulous five.
Trinity United Methodist Church was her church home for more that a half century. She and Loren enjoyed Bible study classes, singing in the choir, Sunday school and she was a member of the United Methodist Women. To relax, Alice enjoyed all kinds of card games, especially canasta and bridge. Alice instituted a family tradition of custom created birthday cakes annually for each of her loving grandchildren. As the matriarch of the family overseeing four generations, Grandma Alice loved to follow the grandchildren with their sporting activities, music programs and academic competitions.
Alice is lovingly remembered by her daughters, Shari Norris, of Carmel, and Barbara Michels and husband James, of Evansville; a sister, Margaret Brenner, of Mesa Ariz.; five grandchildren, Brian Norris, Angela Norris Ritz, Heather Norris Girolamo, Alison Norris Stevens and Samantha Mattix.
Preceding Alice in death are her parent; her husband, Loren on Nov. 25, 2004; son, Thomas Mattix on Feb. 15, 2013; son-in-law, Steve Norris on March 11, 2013; daughter-in-law, Mary Jane Mattix in 1991; and her treasured canine companion, Tasha, a black toy poodle, who crossed Rainbow Bridge in Nov. 2012.
A celebration of the life of Mrs. Alice M. Mattix will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 4, 2013, at the Trinity United Methodist Church, located at the corner of Jefferson and Eighth streets, Rochester. Pastor Buck Padilla will officiate.
Friends may visit with her family an hour prior to her services.
She will be laid to eternal rest next to her beloved husband, Loren, at Rochester's IOOF Cemetery.
Memorials honoring her memory may be made to the Trinity United Methodist Church.
The Good Family Funeral Home is entrusted with caring for her family.
To leave online expressions of sympathy or to light a candle, friends may visit www.goodfamilyfh.com.
Posted: Friday, April 5, 2013
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SO SORRY TO HEAR OF YOUR LOST BARBARA. IWENT TO SCHOOL WITH YOU.
Posted: Thursday, April 4, 2013
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Your family has sure had your share of loss and I am so sorry to hear of it all. God be with you all now in your time of loss. I was a neighbor of your folks on 9th st. for years. I let her dog out on several occasions when she needed a little help. She was a sweetheart.
Love does not die when a body does, you get to keep hers and she left hers behind for all of you. Cherish those memories. Keeps them alive in your hearts forever.
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