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Updated: 04/09/2014 03:04:00PM

Vivian Karr Matthews

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Vivian “Polly” Karr Matthews, 82, of Port Charlotte, Fla., died April 7, 2014.

Polly was born in Pomeroy, Ohio, March 24, 1932, to Charles and Leona Karr.

She graduated from Middleport High School and attended business school in Michigan. Polly was married to her best friend, the late Ted Matthews, in 1972.

A 25-year member of the American Business Women’s Association, Matthews was honored as Woman of the Year twice. Polly retired from Vulcan Materials Company in Birmingham, Alabama, as Supervisor of Invoicing and Pricing, Chemicals Division. After retirement, Polly did extensive volunteer work for various religious organizations and volunteered with a diabetes education program for several years. She was an avid Ohio State Buckeyes fan.

Polly is survived by nieces, Polly Ann Bauer (Frank Dahlberg), Kelly Sue DeConnick (Matthew Fritchman), Celeste and Alyssa Karr; nephews, Jeffrey (Linda) Karr, Rodney (Kathryn) Karr, Rory and JJ Karr; step-children, Nancy Matthews and Richard (Marilyn) Matthews; sister-in-law, Mildred Karr; brother-in-law, Edward (Vivian) Bauer; grandchildren, Zoe and Derek Merkle, Allison Matthews, and Tallulah and Henry Leo Fritchman; and more beloved friends and cousins than can be listed here. She was preceded in death by her brother and sister, Patricia Ann Bauer and Richard Karr.

Memorial services will be held at a date yet to be decided at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Port Charlotte, Florida by Pastors Andrea and Ken Barrios.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 2565 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte, FL 33952 or Shades Valley Presbyterian Church, 2305 Montevallo Road, Birmingham, AL 35223. Graveside services will be held in Pomeroy, Ohio, at a later date as well.


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