Mary Ann Mathews, age 70, of Franklin, passed away Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 9 a.m. at her residence.

Arrangements were under the direction of Gilbert Funeral Home where services were held Wednesday, June 19 with burial in Greenlawn Cemetery in Franklin.

Mary Ann was born August 18, 1948 in Adair County to the late Stanley Downey and the late Nellie Lee Cox Downey. She was the wife of the late James Russell "Shadetree" Mathews. She was preceded in death by her mother-in-law, Louise Mathews and father-in-law, J.B. Mathews.

She is survived by her son, Chuck Porter (Michelle) of Franklin; brother, Dr. Max Downey (Patricia) of Columbia; two nieces, Laura Brummett and Erin Eubank; two nephews, Brian Downey and Chris Collins; two sister-in-laws, Linda Parker Taylor and Paulette Wildemone both of Robertson County, Tennessee; a brother-in-law, Larry Mathews (Joyce) of Robertson County; several other nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Mary Ann was a member of Franklin First United Methodist Church. She was a retired teacher in the Simpson County School System. She was a graduate of Western Kentucky University with a BS in Elementary Education, a Masters in Elementary Education and a Rank 1 in School Administration. She was a member of Alpha Omicron Pi Soroity. She was a coach for the Franklin-Simpson Girls' Golf Team. She served as a Board Member for the Franklin-Simpson Education Excellence Foundation Board. She belonged to the Simpson County Retired Teachers Association and the Kentucky Retired Teachers Association. She was an Interim Principal at Lincoln Elementary. She was also a Real Estate Agent.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Friends of the Shelter in Simpson County.

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