Florence Mary (Bell) Matthews

August 23, 1941 ~ December 20, 2021 (age 80)

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***Due to weather conditions, the visitation for Mrs. Florence Matthews, will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at the church.***

Florence Mary (Bell) Matthews, 80, of Staunton, passed away on Monday, December 20, 2021 at Augusta Nursing and Rehab Center. She was born in Olympia, WA on August 23, 1941, a daughter of the late Charlie and Grace Florence (Manning) Bell.

Florence worked as a newspaper delivery person for the Asbury Park Press and the Ocean County Observer in Ocean County, NJ and later as a visiting homemaker for six years in Ocean County, NJ.   In October 2002, she moved to Staunton, where she became a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church. She greatly enjoyed reading, baking, and doing crafts.

In addition to her parents, Florence was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Matthews, Sr. in 1993 and her son, Bruce W. Matthews in 2001.

Survivors include her daughter, Grace F. Matthews of Staunton; son, Carl Matthews, Jr. of York, PA; foster-son, Walter Ferris of Toms River, NJ; grandson, John David Matthews of FL; as well as extended family and friends.

A funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 60 Middle River Dr., Verona, VA, 24482 with Pastors Bryan Wheeler and Luke Peterson officiating. Burial will be held privately in Ocean County Memorial Park, Toms River, NJ.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Monday, January 3, 2022 at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Florence’s memory to Emmanuel Baptist Church General Fund, 60 Middle River Dr., Verona, VA, 24482 or the Patient’s Assistance Fund c/o the Augusta Health Foundation, P.O. Box, 1000, Fishersville, VA 22932.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Charlton and Groome Funeral Home.

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January 3, 2022

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Emmanuel Baptist Church
60 Middle River Rd.
Verona, VA 24482

Funeral Service
January 4, 2022

11:00 AM
Emmanuel Baptist Church
60 Middle River Rd.
Verona, VA 24482


Emmanuel Baptist Church
60 Middle River Rd., Verona VA 24482

Augusta Health Foundation
P. O. Box 1000, Fishersville VA 22939

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