Arliss May Matthews, 75, of North Platte passed away at her home Wednesday, April 12, 2017 after a long bout with cancer. Arliss was born on April 2, 1942 on a ranch in Holt County to Victor Charles and Charlotte May (Warner) Rockford.
She married Charles “Chuck” Mathews on July 12, 1959. She was a life member of VFW Post 1504 Auxiliary, Military Order of Cootie Auxiliary, FOE Auxiliary, and Moose Auxiliary. She was a past State Grand Auxiliary President of The Military Order of Cootie, as well as president of Wild Bill Cody PT-7 Auxiliary in North Platte.
She traveled to veterans'' hospitals and nursing homes in support of our veterans, playing bingo and serving refreshments. Being the proud wife of a veteran.
She and her family lived in Kansas, Washington, California and Idaho as well as spending six years in Germany.
She loved dancing and listening to country music. She had a “green thumb” when it came to her flowers and garden, as reflected in the Yard of the Month award.
She adored her grandchildren and great grandchildren and made quilts for each of them.
Arliss is survived by her husband, Chuck; children, Charlie of Cheyenne, Wyo., Wendell (Dina) and Michael (Helen), both of North Platte, and Belinda Matthews Wortman of Columbus; grandchildren, Christopher (Leanne) Weber of Bellwood, Michael Matthews Jr. of Colorado Springs, Colo., Eddie (Mariah) Wortman and Danyelle Matthews, both of Lincoln, Cody Matthews and Nate Andresen, both of North Platte, Michelle Matthews of Sioux City, Iowa, and Cassidi Matthews of Colorado; great grandchildren, Tabora Baker Jr., Caiden Snare, Anika Baker, Lucia Power, A''Ja Stewart, Sophia Niemann, and Avery Weber; siblings, Leroy (Phylis) Rockford of Benton, Ark., Georgia Dophiede of Butte; sister-in-law, Mae Rockford of Chambers; special friend, Vicky Sheets of North Platte; and other family.
She was preceded in death by her son, James”Jim”; parents; mother and father-in-law, Harold and Dolly Matthews; granddaughter, Kaitlin Matthews; brothers, Alton and Alvin Rockford; sisters, Inez Counts, Opal Staples, and Darlene Furher; and son-in-laws, Alan Weber and Bruce “Crash” Wortman.
Funeral services were held April 17 at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home, which was in charge of arrangements. Pastor Gary Smith officiated. Inurnment was April 18 at Ft. McPherson National Cemetery.
Online condolences may be shared at adamsswanson.com.