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Jacqueline "Jackie" Marie (Leach) Mathews

March 11, 1938 ~ July 5, 2020 (age 82)

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Jacqueline "Jackie" Marie Mathews (nee Leach), 82, of Garrettsville, OH passed away peacefully at Burton Healthcare Sunday evening, July 5th, 2020. She was born in Weirton, WV on March 11th, 1938 to the late Lawrence and Gertrude (Mock) Leach. Jackie is once again reunited with her loving husband of 56 years, Robert E. Mathews, who died October 2nd, 2016.

She worked as a switchboard operator for Cummings Electric in Columbus, IN before owning her own answering service in Marietta, Ohio called Marietta Communications. Jackie was also actively involved in the MOVP Theater while living in Marietta.

Jackie was a pioneer in the 1970s becoming one of the first women to referee High School Boys Basketball games. During the 1980s, she coached an 8th grade girls basketball team at St. Mary’s Catholic Middle School and led them to an undefeated season. Jackie also was an accomplished bowler by winning many trophies and finishing with multiple above 600 matches.

Loving mother of Scott (Maria) Mathews, Chris (Melissa) Mathews, Shawn Mathews, Beth (Scott) Girasia; grandmother of Devin, Ben, Kayleigh, Christopher II, Molly, Lauren; great-grandmother of Elizabeth Ann; sister of Debbie Covey; and friend of many.

Jackie is preceded in death by: her parents; husband, Robert; and brother, Patrick Ferrar.


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