Virginia Barnes Mathews

January 22, 1924December 30, 2012
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Virginia Barnes Mathews passed away December 30, 2012 in Austin Texas. She was born January 22, 1924 to Randall and Gertrude Barnes in Beaumont Texas. She graduated from Vidor High School in 1941 and married Adam D. Mathews in 1943. After high school she began a long career as a legal secretary, court reporter, and before retirement in 1991 as personal secretary to Judge Jack Brookshire, Associate Justice for the Ninth District Court of Appeals in Jefferson County She is survived by her daughter Trudy Evans and husband John Evans of Austin, grandsons and their families; Grant Evans and Vanessa Russell-Evans, Marc Evans and Reanna Welch, and 2 great grandsons; Campbell and Mason. Her bright spirit and generous heart will be greatly missed by her family and her many friends. A gathering of family and friends will begin on Saturday, January 5, 2013, from 11:00-12:00 p.m. with a funeral service to begin at 12:00 p.m. at Forest Lawn Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Condolences can be made to


  • Visitation Saturday, January 5, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 5, 2013

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Peggy Maceo

January 26, 2013

Virginia had that great smile. I fondly remember her at our neighborhood dinner club gatherings here in Austin. She would always greet me with a hug and a cheerful "I am so glad to see you". She sparked happiness in all of us. What a fine addition to our neighborhood she was. We shall miss her.

Audrey Mann

January 12, 2013

I enjoyed seeing the pictures of your mom. She looked like she was thoroughly enjoying herself. I only knew Virginia in her later years at the nursing home, but the pictures and guest book entries gave me a glimpse into her life. Trudy, your mom was a blessing to so many. You were so devoted to her and took excellent care of her. I will miss seeing you at GracyWoods.

January 4, 2013

Rest in peace my sweet Aunt Virginia. God has received a special angel with your passing. Your smile & laughter will be missed but will linger in our hearts and memories for a lifetime. Cards you wrote me with your heart felt stories you chose to share with me are stored in my keep sakes and will be cherished always. My trip to Austin when I was in Texas and my last visit with you will remind me that even when your body and your memory failed brought laughter & joy to those around you. Whether you rememembered me when I visited was not was the fun we had tossing balloons laughing as you battled your own body failing you. Your words and cards over the years always spoke of your dreams to be near your beloved Trudi and her family and your grand babies so I find peace knowing that your dreams came true and in your final days Trudi & her family were able to spend time with you and took such loving care of you as God made plans to make you his next angel. Trudi and family I am sad I can't come in from California for my personal good bye and to mourn with you and our family. Please give Aunt Virginia a kiss for me and tell her...until we meet again... Love you, Cecilia Maida (Northern California)

Tom and Lucille Edgerly

January 4, 2013

To be part of her life was a joy unknown. She and Sissy Cope would make Louise and myself a playhouse on dirt. It looked so nice they traded us for the bad one. What fun to be raised with her at grandparents house and our home. Grandma Barnes could not get us to sleep (4 of us in 1 bed) because of laughing...also, Grandpa B. had the same problem at kitchen table. Oh, the joy, fun, sadness to share was a blessing thru life. When her memory started to fail it was still our VIRGINIA that we remember and loved thru it. See loved her neices/nephews
(great and great-great) and showed it kindness and love.

Brenda Barnes

January 4, 2013

Aunt Virginia.... a highlight of my childhood. Cherished memories of a unique individual who had a light heart, a ready laugh and a generosity greater than any I have ever known. Trudy, I hope you know the joy that your mother brought into our world. Without a doubt, she is at rest with Jesus.

January 4, 2013

To my Aunt Virginia who I shared a wonderful life with. The laughter, joy, fun, and sadness. She and Sissy Cope made the best playhouses for Louise and myself and traded with us because made and looked better. We laughed at everything and Grandma Barnes could not get us to sleep (we all slept in 1 bed). Same goes for mealtime-laughter got to Grandpa Barnes. I missed the times we shared when memory began to fade-but it was still VIRGINIA. She loved all of her neices/nephews(great and great-great)with the same and equal love. She was our AUNT VEE to all the family.

Georgia Coleman

January 3, 2013

My sincere condolences to Trudy and her family. I was honored to know Virginia and always enjoyed visiting with her. May she rest in peace.

Linda McClain

January 3, 2013

What a happy little lady. Such great memories of childhood fun. We will miss her beautiful smile and contagious laugh. Now she is dancing around the thrown. Love you Trudy and family..