Joy Baker Mathews

Joy Baker Mathews
Joy Baker MathewsJoy Baker 

Mathews, 92, of Claude, TX died Sunday, July 9, 2023.

Services will be at 2:00 p.m., Friday, July 14, 2023, at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel,  2800 Paramount Blvd. in Amarillo, TX.

Joy was a descendant of a Texas Panhandle pioneer ranching family. She was born October 16, 1930, to Horace and Esther Baker on the family ranch at the edge of the Palo Duro Canyon in Armstrong County.  She married Kenneth Mathews in 1950, and they moved to the ranch where they worked together for 60 years. She loved the land and instilled that love for the land in her children and grandchildren. She was a member of Westcliff Bible Church, and a member of Unity Study Club in Claude 40 plus years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth; her son, Stanley Baker Mathews; her brother, Dr. Vincent Baker; and her parents.

Joy is survived by son, Steve Mathews, and wife, Martha, of Claude, TX; daughter, Melody Wilson, and husband, Ross, of Canyon, TX. Surviving grandchildren include Blair Mathews and wife, Jenifer, of Richardson; Becca Moehrig and husband, Matt, of Boerne, TX; Marla Burnes and husband, Bob, of Victoria, TX; Monty Mathews of Clarksville, TN; Heath Wilson of Canyon, TX; and Shawna Strain and husband, Dylan, of College Grove, TN. Joy is also survived by 14 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a sister, Zoleta Cash; a nephew, Terrill Cash; and a niece, Camille Ousley.

The family suggests memorials be sent to the Armstrong County Museum or the Claude Volunteer Fire Department.

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4 Replies to “Joy Baker Mathews”

  1. What a beautiful lady, inside and out! What a legacy she left for her family. I know she will be missed!❤️. Love and prayers for her family.

  2. We love you Joy and miss you each and every day. You were the best, most loving neighbor we have ever had. I miss our valuable talks about the history of Claude. We drank cold coffee because we were much too busy laughing. You and Martha made all the holidays so special for us. Whether it was a birthday, Christmas, or Halloween. It didn’t matter. We had such a marvelous time with “Our precious Mathew gang”.
    We can not be sad because you went to see your glorious Lord. He was standing next to your wonderful Kenneth. They had been waiting for you and you were waiting to go see them. It was a wonderful reunion, I am sure. We will love and miss you Joy.

  3. A lovely warm lady! Loved to square dance and look out at her canyon rim land! Precious memories, for sure.

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