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Finance secretary

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, 1974-1976.

Career

Broiler secretary, Oklahoma Foods, Inc., Fort Smith, Arkansas, 1969-1970; office manager, Norcross Volkswagen, Fort Smith, Arkansas, 1970-1971; finance secretary, First United Methodist Church, Fort Smith, Arkansas, since 1971; manager apartment and business complex, Old Town apartment and business complex, Fort Smith, since 1986. Treasurer Fort Smith Heritage Foundation, 1975-1989, William O. Darby Ranger Foundation, Fort Smith, since 1975.

Works

  • Other Work

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

Politics

The state should not attempt to control the church, nor should the church seek to dominate the state. The separation of church and state should not be misconstrued as the abolition of all religious expression from public life.

Views

As human beings people are a part of a cruel and violent and unjust world that feels like it cannot be changed. By accepting forgiveness and liberation, God enables to resist evil and to live life that can make this world a better place.

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.

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Avocations: 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:
Roseanna Walcher Matthews

Jack Wayne Matthews

Junior Matthews