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In Memory of

Carita Mathews

September 18, 1928 - June 21, 2013

Obituary



Carita F. Mathews, 84, passed away on June 21, 2013. Carita was born in Houston, Texas in 1928.  She treasured her southern roots and enjoyed being lovingly called “Miss” Carita.  She married “Mr.” Tom in 1951 and embarked on a wonderful adventure as an Air Force wife. Upon her husband’s retirement after 30 years of military service, they moved to Ellaville, Georgia where they spent 2 years personally building a 2-story home with basement and a carriage house on their 37-acre property.  After a few years they had a tennis court built and...


Carita F. Mathews, 84, passed away on June 21, 2013. Carita was born in Houston, Texas in 1928.  She treasured her southern roots and enjoyed being lovingly called “Miss” Carita.  She married “Mr.” Tom in 1951 and embarked on a wonderful adventure as an Air Force wife. Upon her husband’s retirement after 30 years of military service, they moved to Ellaville, Georgia where they spent 2 years personally building a 2-story home with basement and a carriage house on their 37-acre property.  After a few years they had a tennis court built and Carita honed her skills to the point that she was a Georgia State Doubles Champion in the over 70s tennis league.



Carita had countless friends in Ellaville and Americus Georgia.  She served on the boards of both the South Georgia Technical Institute and the Adult Education (GED) Association. The Adult Education Board has given a cash award for the past two years in her honor.  She was a founding member of the Ellaville Improvement Association, coached the high school tennis team, and a children’s playground was named in her and her husband’s honor. When Carita was in her middle 70s she began working part-time at the County Courthouse as a voter registrar and thoroughly enjoyed working with and seeing all the people who came to the Courthouse. She loved entertaining – either at a campfire next to their 3-acre pond or with tablecloths, cloth napkins and china at her dining room table.



Carita and her husband Tom left their wonderful friends in Ellaville and Americus, Georgia and moved to Jacksonville, Florida in 2010 to live with their daughter and son-in-law. It did not take long for Carita to immerse herself in all that Jacksonville has to offer. She valued her friendships with the Gadabouts, the Holy Family Young at Hearts, and the Theresians; attended classes and was a volunteer at the UNF Osher Lifelong Learning Institute; took a pilgrimage to the Holy Land last year, and cruised to the Bahamas in February with the Young at Hearts.  Until a few weeks ago she and her daughter Kay walked half an hour on a gym treadmill at 5:30 a.m. most mornings.



Carita found great joy in her Catholic faith.  She was an active participant in various military chapels, St. Mary’s Church in Americus, Georgia and Holy Family Church in Jacksonville, Florida. She taught Catechism at a variety of grade levels, planned First Communion celebrations, sponsored over a dozen young people’s confirmation, worked with altar servers, directed Christmas plays, served as a Sunday Mass greeter, cleaned the church, and grabbed at many other opportunities that came her way.



She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Bart and Barbara Mathews, daughter and son-in-law Carita and Dr. Don Pacini, and daughter and son-in-law Kay and David Marti; grandchildren Dustin Mathews, Dr. Ross Pacini, Capt. Jeffrey Pacini, Capt. Michael Pacini, Katy Pacini, Matthew Marti, Michael Marti, Debbie Smith, and David Marti; and great grandchildren Penelope Pacini, Kira Pacini, Lexi Pacini, Claire Pacini, Connor Smith, David Marti, Macayli Marti, Brent Marti, and Matthew Marti; her brother John Fowler, sister Helen Susmann, and brother-in-law Carl Southern; and many grandchildren’s spouses, nieces and nephews. 



Preceding her in death, besides her parents, were her husband of 60 years Col. Thomas Mathews, her sister Betty Southern, and her sister in law Marianne Fowler.



Her family and friends will gather at Holy Family Catholic Church, 9800 Baymeadows Road, Jacksonville, Florida at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, 26 June 2013 to remember her wonderful life.  A Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 with Monsignor Mortimer Danaher and Father Timothy Cusick presiding.  Deacon Doug Nullet will give the homily. She will be buried at the Jacksonville National Cemetery on Thursday, 27 June 2013 at 12:30 p.m.  



Arrangements are made through the Hardage Giddens Funeral Home, 11801 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32223, www.hgmandarin.com.