Born in Cape Girardeau on July 2, 1938, she was the daughter of the late Herman and Ethel (Strong) Matthews. On July 30, 1958, in Malden, she was united in marriage to Charles White, who preceded her in death on May 19, 2007.
In addition to her parents and husband, she also was preceded in death by two brothers, Ernie Matthews and Robert Matthews.
Survivors include one daughter, Gayle Smith and husband, Greg, of Benton, Ark.; one brother, Leo Matthews of Herculaneum; one sister, Daisy Tilley of Mammoth Springs, Ark.; one granddaughter, Gregielle Smith of Benton; one grandson, Gunnar Smith of Benton; several nieces and nephews and several other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be held at 6:00 tonight, Monday, Feb. 15, at Bradshaw Funeral Home in Malden. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. James Gore officiating. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery at Malden. Bradshaw Funeral Home of Malden is in charge of arrangements.