Kather­ineMatthews O’Bri­ant

The Herald-Sun (Sunday) - - Obituaries -

Kather­ine Matthews O’Bri­ant, 96, died November 3, 2018, a day be­fore turn­ing 97 at her home in Roxboro. Born November 4, 1921, to Katie Spivey Matthews and

Lon­nie Turner Matthews, Kather­ine was pas­sion­ate about teach­ing, flowers, play­ing bridge and her fam­ily.

She was pre­ceded in death by her hus­band of 60 years John Archibald O’Bri­ant, who passed away April 19, 2007. The two of them were hap­pily mar­ried June 12, 1946, and en­joyed trav­el­ing and play­ing golf to­gether.

In ad­di­tion to her hus­band and par­ents, she was pre­de­ceased by her broth­ers, James Clif­ford Matthews, Earl Turner Matthews and Lon­nie “LT” Turner Matthews, Jr., and her sis­ters Doris Carver and Geral­dine Tyren.

Kather­ine is sur­vived by her two chil­dren Kather­ine O’Bri­ant Hester and John Archibald O’Bri­ant, II, her son-in- law B. Earl Hester, Jr., and daugh­ter-in-law Bon­nie Wade O’Bri­ant. She also has four grand­chil­dren El­iz­a­beth Brooks Hester, Mar­garet Ann Hester, Jonathan Wade O’Bri­ant and Jen­nifer Anne O’Bri­ant.

Kather­ine grew up in Durham and grad­u­ated in 1940 from Durham High School. She was a proud alumna of Duke Univer­sity class of 1944 where she earned an ed­u­ca­tion de­gree. She taught ele­men­tary school in Durham and Roxboro un­til she re­tired in 1983.

As a char­ter mem­ber of the Roxboro Gar­den Club founded in 1953, Kather­ine loved grow­ing and ar­rang­ing flowers, es­pe­cially roses. She loved to play bridge and en­joyed a weekly game well into her 90s.

Kather­ine taught Sun­day school and was a cir­cle leader as a 50-year mem­ber of Long Me­mo­rial United Methodist Church. She was also an avid golfer, play­ing at Roxboro Coun­try Club along­side John.

Her re­mains will rest along­side John’s in the colum­bar­ium at Long Me­mo­rial United Methodist Church in Roxboro. The me­mo­rial ser­vice will be 2 PM Mon­day, November 12, 2018, at Long Me­mo­rial. Visi­ta­tion will be one hour be­fore the me­mo­rial ser­vice at the church.

The fam­ily wishes to thank her care­givers for their love, pa­tience and care over the last sev­eral years.

In lieu of flowers, memo­ri­als may be made to Long Me­mo­rial United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 310, Roxboro, NC 27573 or Duke Home­Care & Hos­pice, 4321 Med­i­cal Park Drive, Suite 101, Durham, NC 27704.

Con­do­lences may be sent to www.brook­sand­white.com

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