Mariam D. Mathews
Mariam Dale Mathews, 87, Corydon, died Monday afternoon, Feb. 20, 2012, in the Hospice of South Central Indiana facility in Columbus.
Born Sept. 2, 1924, in Stevensport, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Daniel and Maybelle Matheny.
She worked, during World War II, as a Rosie the Riveter on battleships and airplanes and as a cook on a towboat; helped start a weekly newspaper; worked at Keller Manufacturing and at Evanite (Daramic) until she retired in 1996; and helped create the Joe & May Rhoads Memorial Pool. She also was formerly employed at Hallmark Cards in Greensburg and was a homemaker.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 35 years, Capt. John Mathews.
Survivors include five children, Anna Jo Cannon of Henryville, John Mathews Jr. of Chicago, Judy Gettelfinger of Jeffersonville, Paul Mathews of Corydon and Mary Rupp of Columbus; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.
Visitation: Wednesday, Feb. 22, from noon to 8 p.m. and Thursday, Feb. 23, after 9 a.m. at Gehlbach & Royse Funeral Home in Corydon.
Funeral: Thursday, Feb. 23, at 2 p.m. at the funeral home.
Cremation was chosen.
Honorary pallbearers: John Cannon, Brian Gettelfinger, John Gettelfinger, John Rupp, Tony Shireman, Aaron Ingle, Robert Yates Jr. and Dale Bates.
The family suggests memorial gifts to the donor’s local hospice organization.