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Carol Gille Matthews, 70

Carol Matthews


Carol Gille Matthews, 70, wife, mother, grandmother and a friends to many, passed away March 11.  The Cornelius resident was born in Danville, Ill. to Robert E and Dorothy A. Gille.  The family moved to New Orleans when Carol was 12 years old.  Following high school Carol moved to Houston Texas in 1967, married her husband Don there and they spent the next 47 years together.

Carol was a supporting wife, a loving mother and a doting grandmother.  She was a volunteer coordinator in her daughters’ schools, Neighborhood Chairperson for the Girl Scouts, President of several Home Owners’ Associations and President of the 300 member Welcome Club of El Paso Texas. She was recognized as Citizen of the Year by Dunedin Florida for spearheading a drive to provide bulletproof vests for the local police department.  As a consultant, she spearheaded an online collectible doll club that grew to 30,000 members.  With a fellow high school classmate, she coordinated several reunions of her high school grading class, most recently the 59th in 2012.  Carol was an accomplished seamstress, teaching both daughters how to sew.  She made and repaired costumes for the Houston Opera and designed and made children’s outfits for retail sale.  She designed and sewed private label clothes for her children and designed and sewed custom wedding gowns without patterns for both daughters’ weddings.

Carol lived in several different places around the country, but settled in Cornelius with her husband to be near family.

She is survived by her loving husband, Don, daughter Rene’e M. Carson of Gainesville, FL, daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Erick Cover of Charlotte, NC and four grandsons.

Her family and friends loved her and she will be missed by everyone who knew her.

Services will be private.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Levine & Dickson Hospice House, 11900 Vanstory Drive, Huntersville, NC  28078.

Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Huntersville, NC is assisting the assisting the family.  Friends may offer condolences to the family at http://www.raymerfh.com/