Frances (Rainey) Lorraine Matthews, 97, passed away peacefully on May 13, 2022 at Marian Manor in Virginia Beach VA. She was born on March 17, 1925 to the late Harvey Allen Bear and Julia Frances Feller in Baltimore MD. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl W. Matthews, daughter, Gail M. Garner, a grandson, Michael A. Matthews Jr., brother Harvey Bear and sisters Margaret Wisomierski and Doris Cavallo.
Rainey was married to her late husband for almost 75 years, 27 years as a military wife and mother, raising her family of seven children in a loving and steadfast way every day of her life. She was a faithful servant of the Lord and a longtime member of St. Gregory’s Catholic Church.
She is survived by her daughters, Patricia Strong and husband Roger of Berlin NJ, Linda Beisch and husband William of Virginia Beach VA, and Doris Locke and husband Joseph of Jacksonville FL; sons, Carl Matthews, Jr. and wife Gale of Selma NC, Michael Matthews and wife Mary of Virginia Beach VA, and Christopher Matthews and wife Marsha of Chesapeake VA; seventeen grandchildren and thirty-seven great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 from 6-8 p.m. at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 5033 Rouse Dr., Virginia Beach VA 23462. Funeral services will be conducted at St. Gregory’s Catholic Church, 5343 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach VA 23462 at 10:00 a.m. A graveside service will follow at Rosewood Memorial Gardens.