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Vera Matts

November 5, 1929 ~ December 13, 2018 (age 89)

On Nov. 5, 1929 an angel fell from heaven. Today we gather to celebrate her homegoing. She is one of many children born to Mr. Matthew “Buddy” Curry and Gertrude Mackey Curry in Utley, Texas.

Growing up as a farmer’s daughter she learned the true meaning of hard work. This work ethic stuck with her throughout her life and she passed it on to all the children she raised. I use the phrase “all the children she raised”, because she was a mother to more than her two children. She opened her home to many nieces, nephews and friends. Although she was a hard worker, she played even harder! She absolutely loved to turn the record player full blast after a hard day at work and dance the night away with her four granddaughters that she raised after the passing of her only daughter. The memories of those nights will comfort her family in the years to come.

Vera grew up in Austin, Texas and attended Austin public schools. She worked long hours as a housekeeper in the original Holy Cross Hospital and later in life she found her true passion as a caregiver to disabled and elderly clients. She continued to work as a caregiver until the age of 73 when she began having health issues and her family forced her into retirement. She spent her later years enjoying time with her grandchildren and being a caregiver to her greatgrandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husbands Richard C. Plummer Sr. and James L. Matts, her children Richard C. Plummer Jr. and Carolyn L. Matts. Sadly, she is also the last of all of her siblings a historical generation gone. Her brothers and sisters no doubt greeted her at Heavens gate.  James Humphrey, Leon Brown, Arthur “Coon” Curry, Wilbert Curry, Matthew Curry, Hubert Curry, Lillian Mackey, Novella Ansley, and Mattie Horton.

She is survived by her grandchildren Ray Washington, Richard C. Plummer, Ian G.  Armstrong, LaSonya Matts-Marshall (Don “Peter”), LaMetrica N. Matts, Charlene J. Lee (Rusty), Lisa A. Lee. Great grandchildren Iyanna D. Marshall, Don “Lolo” Marshall Jr, Tai Marshall, Major Marshall, and Autumn Grace Armstrong. During her times of illness she leaned strongly on Mrs. Mary Thompson and Rev. Sandy D. Jones.

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