Gwendolyn Florence Matlock
Gwendolyn Florence Matlock was born July 22, 1929, in Graham, Oklahoma, to Charles Bruce Kinney and Rosa Lee Wood-Kinney. She passed from this life with family by her side on Oct. 25, 2019, in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, at the age of 90 years, three months, and three days.

Gwen grew up in Healdton, Oklahoma, where she attended classes from kindergarten through high school. She later met the love of her life, J.C. Matlock, while working at Warehouse Market. They were wed on July 5, 1958, in a small ceremony at her mother's house. Together they raised five children, and made their home in Tulsa. They later relocated to Tahlequah, and enjoyed their retirement close to family and friends.

Gwen worked most of her life doing what she loved: cooking and serving others. She served in the food industry and was employed at Warehouse Market in Tulsa, as well as The Wishbone and the Theater Restaurant in Tahlequah. She was also employed as a cook at Tahlequah High School for a few years before they returned to Tulsa.

Gwen was a charter member of Cornerstone Fellowship where she faithfully attended and served for over 30 years. She was involved in many ladies' Bible study groups, and always came bearing sweets and treats to share. She had such a love and passion for delving into the Word of God. She was a student of the Bible, and lived each day as if it were the day of Jesus' return. She had a servant's heart and offered her help whenever there was a need. Her most famous and loved gift was her freshly baked banana nut bread. She never showed up to an event empty-handed, and was always happy to help no matter the occasion.

During family gatherings, she loved preparing the feast and hosting the party. On family game night, she was a fierce Skip-Bo player and showed no mercy to her opponents. She was also an avid member and competitor of the TOPS division in Tulsa (that's Taking Off Pounds Sensibly). Some of her proudest accomplishments during her participation in the TOPS program were receiving perfect attendance, "consecutive loser," and TOPS leader for several months in a row. She kept a magnet on her refrigerator that said "stick to it" and that's exactly what she did.

Gwen was preceded in death by her parents; husband, J.C.; siblings, Norma Patman and CB Kinney; and one grandson, Timothy Cannon. She is survived by four sons, Mitch Stewart and wife Valerie of Atlanta, Georgia, Steve Stewart and wife Louise of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Jeff Matlock and wife Annette of Locust Grove, and Brad Matlock and wife Leah of Tahlequah; one daughter, Cheryl Cannon of Boston, Massachusetts; grandchildren, Cheralyn Cannon, Gerald Cannon, Ashley Stewart, Brooke Miley and husband Michael, Meagan McCarty and husband Kaleb, and Lane and Cale Matlock; one brother, Gene Kinney; one sister, Bobbie Jones; seven great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and a host of friends and loved ones.

Services will be held Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 10 a.m. at Green Country Funeral Home with Pastor Allen Nolan officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Eye Cemetery in Blue Eye, Missouri.
Published on October 28, 2019

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