March 1, 1946 – April 2, 2021
Carol Jo Matthews, born March 1, 1946 in Ft. Worth, Texas passed away April 2, 2021 in Grapevine, Texas from Lewy Body Dementia. Carol is survived by her husband Robert Matthews, son Eric Matthews (Jill Matthews), daughter Amanda Boso (Jason Boso), her grandchildren Blake, Mara and Zane Matthews and a loving family of siblings, nieces and nephews. Carol was preceded in death by her parents, Freeda (Robin) Nash and O.C. Robinson.
Raised in the Dallas Ft-Worth area, Carol was the second oldest, natural peacemaker and gifted musician. Her musical talents – she could play a tune without seeing the sheet music – were second only to her emotional intelligence and caretaking skills. After graduating from Bryan Adams High School in Dallas in 1964, Carol attended The University of Texas at Austin where she graduated with an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Carol picked up more than two degrees at UT, though. On the steps of the Math building, wearing a bright yellow sweater, she met her husband Robert while walking to class. Carol credited the success of their 52-year marriage to mutual respect and similar values, and – for those lucky enough to know Carol and Robert – a great deal of love and sweetness thrown in, too. Carol’s proudest accomplishment is the stable, loving family she built with Robert in Grapevine, Texas. Carol believed in giving her children “roots and wings” and the Matthews’ household was safe, supportive and filled with unconditional love. She encouraged her children to have fun and take risks in life - “better to ask forgiveness than permission” was a favorite saying. Her grandchildren were also recipients of Carol’s endless supply of love and fun – from dress up parties and games to cheering them on in their school and sporting events.
Carol was a kindergarten teacher for 25 years, 20 of those with Grapevine-Colleyville ISD. As a teacher, she had a reputation for building her students’ confidence in their abilities to read and write. Carol cherished helping parents see how bright their children were and their wonderful qualities beyond traditional academics. She was also a gifted teacher beyond the basics; her students learned things like conflict resolution skills, while also letting the kids be kids and play. Upon her retirement, Carol was delighted to read all of the letters and cards her former students wrote recounting memories with her like dancing the macarena, playing with the class pet rat, and making gingerbread houses. After retirement, Carol was President of Grapevine-Colleyville Association of Retired School Employees (GCARSE).
Carol’s retirement was filled with world travel. She and Robert traveled to all seven continents. They walked with penguins in Antarctica and with wildlife in Africa, slept in a tent in Tanzania and even had the unfortunate luck of getting caught in a tear-gassed protest in Istanbul, Turkey. Carol believed travel was an opportunity to learn about the people and cultures of the world. She made fast friends with the locals wherever she went, due to her openness and easy smile. Physical adventures, however, were not Carol’s favorite. The family has many funny stories about Carol’s mishaps during hikes, horse rides or anything that required an uphill climb.
But the uphill climbs in life, Carol handled with grace. At the age of three, she contracted polio which temporarily paralyzed her arm and leg, and permanently weakened her facial muscles. Carol always spoke of polio as one of the best things that happened to her because it taught her to value what was inside of herself. In 2017, when diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia, Carol took it in stride, choosing to spend her time carefully researching and optimistically preparing for the difficult journey ahead. Carol remained loving and loveable even as her brain made doing the things she loved a struggle.
Services will be 2pm, on Thursday April 8th at Foust Funeral Home in Grapevine, Texas (523 S Main St). Seating will be socially distanced and masks required. For those not yet vaccinated or for those who cannot travel, the services will be live-streamed on Foust Funeral Home’s website (details at link below). Carol loved writing cards and poems to honor others. With that in mind, the family would deeply appreciate written remembrances and stories in lieu of flowers – at https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/grapevine-tx/carol-matthews-10135625 or email@example.com or 5601 Sears Street Ste B, Dallas TX 75206 (c/o Amanda Boso). Thanks go out to the hospice team at Anchor of Hope and the team at Grand Brook Memory Care in Grapevine who made Carol’s last days so peaceful. Thank you to the family and friends that supported Carol, Robert, Eric and Amanda during the time of her illness and passing.
Thursday, April 8, 2021
Thursday, April 8, 2021
April 12, 2021
Randy Keller and I grew up with Robert Matthews, who for years has been like a brother to both of us. We always hoped that the girl he married would like us and the four of us would be close.
Then lo and behold, Robert and Carol meet at UT and begin dating!! Our hopes had been answered. From the first time we met her, Randy and I knew she was the perfect match for Robert!! Carol was always incredibly sweet, lots of fun, empathetic, and shared his values.
Carol was a blessing to so many and particularly to Randy and me. She will be missed by many but will live on in the memories of all those who loved her!
Joyce and Randy Keller
April 8, 2021
After getting my Early Childhood degree in Edmond, OK in 1996, my husband and I moved to Irving, TX where I got a kindergarten teaching position with Carol at Grapevine Elementary. She took me under her wing and was the best mentor I could have ever asked for. She led our kindergarten team so well & I learned so much by her example. Carol made learning fun for the students & they were captivated by her calm, sweet spirit. Many of the songs we sang, I still sing with my own children today. I only taught at Grapevine for 2 years before we moved back to Oklahoma, but Carol made a lasting impression on me & I reflect on our time together with great happiness. She will be missed but I'm so grateful she has been made whole and is with Jesus.
April 8, 2021
I have many wonderful memories of time spent growing up in the Matthews’ house. In the pre-Internet days we spent time hanging out, cooking, and having campouts in the backyard. We had the freedom to be ourselves.
My mom and Carol were coworkers at Grapevine Elementary and became friends and neighborhood walking buddies. I know my mom greatly valued their friendship.
Carol was such a kind person who made others feel valued. We were all so lucky to share time and space with her.
My most sincere condolences to Robert, Eric, Amanda, and their families
April 8, 2021
My family is saddened. We have wonderful memories at GES and am so thankful for Mrs. Matthew being my son’s KG teacher. This was in 1997. Our first year in Grapevine. My fondest memory is all Carol’s costumes she had for all occasions. The infamous one is the Christmas tree 🎄 ! Carol gave it to me when she retired. By this time I had wore it a lot. It always made me think of her and the love she had for everyone. A special, kind, caring person. You will be missed Carol. So thankful for you! The Tapp Family❤️🙏 prayers and love for her family.
April 8, 2021
I’m so sorry for your tremendous loss.
I spent a lot of my senior year in and out of the Matthews home. I loved how she so warmly greeted and hosted your friends. I always felt welcome and valued at your house. She never hovered, but I knew she was invested and genuinely cared about your friends. She would ask thoughtful questions and listen to my answers. She made me feel heard.
I respect the freedom she gave you [Amanda] as a teenager that was clearly based on trust and confidence in your decision making skills that she had helped foster.
She was a bright light and I’m so sorry to hear about her passing.
Sending love and prayers your way.
April 7, 2021
My wife did her student teaching under Carol's guidance in 1990 - I think at Bear Creek Elementary. I remember my wife being so very impressed with Carol's organization and teaching methods. Our younger daughter was also starting Kindergarten at the same time -so a lot of experience shared by Carol was meaningful from multiple perspectives. She was a great mentor to my wife.
April 6, 2021
I had the wonderful opportunity to teach with Carol for a number of years at GES. During those years I was always impressed with her calm demeanor, kindness to others and most of all her love for her students. She loved teaching and passed on her joy of learning to her kiddos. She was always willing to try new things, be creative and engage in fun with her classes. I am so glad I had to opportunity to work with such a compassionate and kind educator like Carol.
April 5, 2021
I met Carol in November 2013. This after a very long plane ride, a bus ride, a boat ride, a smaller boat ride; finally wading in knee deep water to arrive at our beach resort. Now one would think a trip to Fiji sounds romantic and picturesque. Right!? If it hadn't been for Carol's friendship I think both of us would have rather stayed home while our husbands were scuba diving. It was very hot and sticky at the island resort. Carol and I found the best way to stay cool in our huts was to stand in the middle of the bed with the ceiling fan running on high regaling each other with our wildest stories from our teaching days. Being retired educators we just had to give instructions to the wait staff in the dining hut. They just didn't understand when it was hot and sticky that maybe turning on one of the big fans would be helpful to those eating. It was a toss up which one of us would ask first. Kudos to the wait staff though as they made the best sangria. Fun memories! I'm so glad I met Carol and wish that we had been able to spend more time together. Rest in Peace, my friend.
April 5, 2021
I rode the school bus with Amanda starting in the sixth grade.
Throughout the next six years, I would visit the Matthews house, meeting her brother Eric and Mr. and Mrs. Matthews. I would walk up to the front door of that shaded, wooded, Grapevine house and ring the doorbell; Mrs. Matthews would appear, smile, always ask about my sister and my parents, and then go find Amanda.
Later, with some nudging from my parents, I asked Amanda to tutor me in either algebra or Spanish (I can't recall which one as I was equally terrible at both). Amanda would walk me through the chapters -- calming, welcoming, smiling -- no matter how many times I guessed wrong. Wonder where she got that Grace from?
I bet it has something to do with a smile coming from above. Our heartfelt sympathies to you all and our gratitude for having known Carol.
Kevin, Sheri, Teal and Kent Willoughby
April 5, 2021
Dear Robert and Family,
What a sad time it is for all of us. Carol was such a delight, always sweet, thoughtful and so encouraging.
I remember one time I was upset about something (cannot remember what), but I do remember Carol told me that whatever it was was wrong because I was not that kind of person and she proceeded to elaborate on my good inherent qualities. I felt so much better. One was buoyed up simply by talking to Carol.
Another time Carol took me under her wing at the Grapefest awards dinner. I felt alone in the midst of hundreds of volunteers. I had no idea what to do where to sit. Carol made me feel at ease and comfortable by being my buddy, my guide for the entire evening. She even went so far as to share her door prize with me.
I shall dearly miss her. My heart goes out to all of you.
With deepest sympathy,
April 5, 2021
Robert, Eric, Amanda, and family,
We are so very sorry to learn of Carol’s passing. May the special memories of her love comfort you in the days and weeks ahead, and may God hold you in the palm of his hand and give you peace.
Carol and Ralph Toll
April 4, 2021
I remember Carol and her siblings in the 1960s thru Shiloh Terrace. She was, indeed, a peace maker! I am so sorry that she had to endure Lewy Body Dementia. It is so hard on not only Carol, but also on family, friends, and caregivers. I am sure that she gave her all. Thank you for sharing her obituary, so that I may honor Carol. I send my regards, and condolences to her intimate family, as well as to siblings. May she rest in peace.
Martha Gestring Brown