Nancy Lineberry Lineberry Matthews

June 30, 1925June 30, 2011

The world has lost a truly unique person with the death of Nancy Eleanor Lineberry Matthews, 85, who died peacefully at her home in Cary on June 30, 2011. She was born November 12, 1925, in Aberdeen, North Carolina, the daughter of James and Almira Lineberry. Nancy graduated from Cary High School in 1942 and Duke University’s School of Nursing in 1946. She served as a member of the US Cadet Nurse Corps during World War II, before marrying her high school sweetheart, Jim Matthews, in 1946. After working in the home for many years raising their eight children, she returned to her nursing career in 1964, joining the staff of Wake Memorial Hospital’s satellite facility in Apex. Her proudest accomplishments in life were her Christian faith, her family, her nursing career, her alma mater---Duke, and her time spent on Oak Island. After her retirement in 1975, Nancy spent much of her time at her beloved beach cottage, The Rebekah Lee. During the 25 years she lived on Oak Island, she immersed herself in life on the island. Throughout her entire life, Nancy threw herself totally into any endeavor she pursued and life on Oak Island was no exception. During her years there, she served as a captain on the town’s Rescue Squad and was actively involved in the music and missions programs of First Baptist Church of Oak Island, where she was a dedicated member. She was also a passionate protector of the beaches and took it upon herself to educate anyone she felt was endangering the natural beauty of the coastline. When Alzheimer’s Disease began to dim her incredibly dynamic personality, Nancy returned to her home in Cary and her children cared for her throughout the remainder of her life. Her daughter Susan lived with her and provided daily loving care. In addition, Cindy Jones, of Raleigh, assisted the family in caring for their mother for more than 11 years. The family wishes to thank both Susan and Cindy for providing the best care available on this side of Heaven. The family would also like to express their strong appreciation and respect for the staff of Hospice, whose assistance was extremely helpful during the last months of their mother’s life. Survivors include four daughters, Kathryn Adams and husband Sam of New Hill, Sarah White and husband Bill of Concord, Susan Matthews of Cary, and Priscilla Bedford and husband Bob of Raleigh; three sons, Jim Matthews of Cary, Joe Matthews and wife Melody of Raleigh, and Sam Matthews and wife Debbie of Raleigh; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three sisters; and a brother. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two brothers, two sisters, and her daughter, Rebekah Lee Matthews. A graveside service will be held at Inwood Baptist Church Cemetery in Raleigh on Friday, July 1, 2011 at 3:00 PM . The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to Hospice of Wake County, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607. “Hoka Hey!!”


  • Graveside Service Friday, July 1, 2011

Nancy Lineberry Lineberry Matthews

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June (Thomas) Dale

July 15, 2011

Dear Cousins,
I was saddened to hear of Nancy's passing. Yet the end of suffering holds her relief. Her strong faith is a testament to her Reward in Heaven. It goes without saying that we all will miss her. She had such a great sense of humor and was always entertaining. Each of you have some of her admirable qualities and in that sense Nancy is still a part of our lives. I am grateful for the memories of being in Cary. Swinging as high as the sky. The wonder of you guys deer hunting. The coolest attic room in the world. A dinner table stretched with wonderfully cooked foods. Balancing on the telephone pole fence. Family values and love. That is what Nancy and Jim and their family taught me.
With Love and Prayers,

July 7, 2011

Jim and family..I am thinking of the wonderful times on Happy Hill when you shared your mother with us. She was so much fun and I will always remember her..she was also a very wise lady. I learned a lot from her.
I'm thinking of you in your grief.
Eleanor Taylor, Currie, NC

Bill Maynard

July 2, 2011

We're sorry to learn of the loss of Nancy / Mrs Matthews as I knew her. We've all lost a very special person that has touched alot of lifes in many different ways! Our thoughts & prayers are with the family in this time of sorrow.

Phyllis Bedford

July 1, 2011

I was sorry to learn of (Aunt) Nancy's passing and for the pain and sorrow it will bring to her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren and want to extend my heartfelt sympathies and love to them all. Nancy was indeed a unique and a wonderful individual. When I think of Nancy I think of how happy my mother was whenever she was with her. I think of Dilly Bars on a hot beach day. I remember her playing the accordion and even a ukulele. I remember her jumping waves. I remember her sharing stories of her childhood and our grandfather at the big family reunion at "Grannie's House". But most of all I remember the night that she and I sat on the deck of a beach house on Long Beach under the stars with that marvelous ocean breeze blowing. It was just the two of us, everyone else had gone to see the fireworks for the 4th of July. I had been sitting alone outside when a big thump hit the deck. It turned out to be a huge sea turtle coming ashore to lay her eggs. Excitedly I called Nancy and she sprung into action - calling the Turtle Patrol and then coming down to the beach house were we sat and kept watch over the turtle as she dug a nest, laid her eggs and then returned to the ocean. It was wonderful and that's how I see Nancy now - smiling under the stars at the beach with the ocean breeze blowing her hair.

July 1, 2011

Kathryn, It has been years since I have seen you, but I have thought of you many times since graduation. Your mother led such a full life - she must have had wonderful days of sunshine - for that you must be grateful. I would like to have been able to attend the service, but previous engagements keep me from coming in.

"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; love leaves a memory no one can steal."

Keep your memories - the ones which make you smile help you get through.

My thoughts and prayers are with you, Donna Northcutt Mills

Howard Hodges

July 1, 2011

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

July 1, 2011

Jim and family, our thoughts and prayers are with all of you in the loss of your mom.
Horace Hodges,Jr