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Ruth Ilene Matthews

Ruth Ilene Matthews, American finance secretary. Recipient Frontier Achievement award, 1988. Official delegate Cisterna, Italy and Fort Smith Sister City, since 1987. Member National Association of Female Executives, Old Fort Museum, Fort Smith Art Center, Fort Smith History Society, Arkansas History Association, Arkansas Preservation Association, Fort Smith Heritage Foundation.

Background

  • Matthews, Ruth Ilene was born on April 5, 1931 in Van Buren, Arkansas, United States. Daughter of Laol Henry and Myrtle Lillie (Howell) Harwell.

  • Education

    • Student, Westark Community College, Fort Smith, Arkansas, 1976.

    Career

    • Broiler secretary Oklahoma Foods, Inc., Fort Smith, Arkansas, 1969-1970. Office manager Norcross Volkswagen, 1970-1971. Finance secretary First United Methodist Church, since 1971.

      Manager apartment and business complex Old Town apartment and business complex, since 1986. Treasurer Fort Smith Heritage Foundation, 1975-1989, William O. Darby Ranger Foundation, Fort Smith, since 1975.

    Works

    • Active member Business & Professional Women's Club, Fort Smith, since 1986, Republican Women's Club, Fort Smith, since 1983.

    Politics

    Church should be engaged in public policy debates and participate actively in consultations with government.

    Party affiliation: Republican

    Religion

    The Gospel of Christ is the message that can lead one to salvation. It shows the essential steps that one must take to secure the goal that God wishes all to attain.

    Denomination: Methodist

    Views

    The family is the most basic of human institutions through which people are nurtured and sustained in love, responsibility, and respect.

    Membership

    Official delegate Cisterna, Italy and Fort Smith Sister City, since 1987. Member National Association of Female Executives, Old Fort Museum, Fort Smith Art Center, Fort Smith History Society, Arkansas History Association, Arkansas Preservation Association, Fort Smith Heritage Foundation.

    Personality

    Interests

    Sewing, landscaping.

    Connections

    • Married Jack Wayne Matthews, June 14, 1947 (divorced 1987). Children: Jack Wayne, Junior, Roseanna Walcher.
    • father: Laol Henry Harwell
    • mother: Myrtle Lillie (Howell) Harwell
    • spouse: Jack Wayne Matthews
    • children: Jack Wayne Matthews
    • Junior Matthews
    • Roseanna Walcher Matthews
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    Nationality
    • 1976
      Westark Community College
    • 1969 - 1970
      Broiler secretary, Oklahoma Foods
      Fort Smith, Arkansas, United States
    • 1970 - 1971
      office manager, Norcross Volkswagen
    • 1971
      finance secretary, First United Methodist Church
    • 1986
      manager, apartment and business complex Old Town apartment and business complex

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