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Virginia W. Mathews, age 90, of Jefferson City, Mo., died Tuesday, July 27, 2010, at her home.
She was born June 29, 1920, in Denver, Colo., the daughter of Brig. Gen. Edwin and Evalyn (Hildebrand) Roberts. She attended the University of Missouri in 1937-39, where she participated in the women's rifle team and men's pistol team, receiving varsity letters. After raising her family, she returned to work and to school to become a bookkeeper. After retiring, she worked another 18 years for H&R Block as a tax preparer. Virginia was a devout Christian and life-long member of the Presbyterian Church, in which she served as a deacon. She was an independent and active lady with a love for travel and the outdoors. Virginia is survived by four children, Nancy Brown, Kathryn Mathews, Edward Mathews, and Janice Hinman; her only niece, Barbara Knutsen; her eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Robert. Visitation for family and friends will be held at the home of Paul and Janice Hinman, 1901 Whitney Woods Drive, Jefferson City, Mo., from 7-9 p.m. Friday, July 30. Funeral services will be Saturday, July 31, at 12 noon, at Greenlawn Funeral Home (East) in Springfield, Mo. Interment will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Salvation Army.