Laura Matthews

Aubrey Matthews and he passed away on Oct. 18, 2007.
She is survived by her four children and their spouses, Laura Elizabeth “Betsy” (Hays) and Greg Bossaer of Reynolds, Ind., Robert James and Joan Hays of Kentland, Ind., George Fulton Hays Jr. and Tamara Hays of Fort Wayne, Ind., and David Huffard and Lori Hays of Downingtown, Pa. She is also survived by her nine grandchildren and their spouses, John Buchanan and Larissa Bossaer of Johnson City, Laura Virginia and Kyle Robbins and Casey (Hays) and Damon Ward, all of Kentland, Robert Costigan Hays of Indianapolis, Ali O’Neil Hays of Royal Oaks, Mich., Shannon Eileen Hays of Downingtown, Anne Caroline Hays and Calvin James Hays, all of Downingtown, and Sydney Rose Hays of Fort Wayne. She is also survived by three great-grandchildren, Lilian Noelle Bossaer and Eliza Beatrice Bossaer, both of Johnson City, and Jackson James Ward of Kentland. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Laura was a graduate of the former Rich Valley High School in Saltville, Va., and Marion and Longwood colleges with a bachelor of science degree in business education. She was a high school business teacher for many years. She was one of the first women to serve on the Smyth County (Va.) School Board.
She spearheaded and organized a large reunion of Rich Valley High School alumni upon the closing of the school. She loved playing bridge and being with her family. She was a member of Tri Kappa and was a Girl Scout leader and was one of the first woman elders in Rich Valley Presbyterian Church. Even though Laura lived in several different states, Rich Valley was always “home.”
Visitation will be from 6-8 at Seaver-Brown Funeral Home in Marion, Va., on Sunday evening and the funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Rich Valley Presbyterian Church in Saltville. She will be buried in the Rich Valley Presbyterian Church Cemetery. The service will be conducted by the Rev. Andrew Parky.
Friends may consider a memorial to Rich Valley Presbyterian Church, 3783 Valley Road, Saltville, VA 24370-1465.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at www.seaverbrown.com.

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