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Clara E. Mathews
Clara E. Mathews

July 25, 1936 - October 8, 2019
Born in Pompton Lakes, New Jersey
Resided in Highland Lakes, New Jersey


Clara E. Mathews, 83, of Highland Lakes, died Tuesday, October 8, 2019, at her son’s home in Newton.

Born and raised in Pompton Lakes, Clara moved to Highland Lakes over 40 years ago. She was a fabric cutter at Morley’s Shirt Co. in Franklin many years ago.

The daughter of the late Benjamin and Susan (Fletcher) Dow, Clara was predeceased by her husband, Russell Carl Matthews, on October 31, 2014, and her daughter, Shirley Mathews; and her siblings, John Dow, Ben Dow, Charlotte Downy, Cynthia Dow, Josephine Dow and Paul Dow.

She is survived by her seven children, Rusty Mathews of Greenwood Lake, New York, Russell C. Mathews, Jr. of Florida, Jennive Asencio of Puerto Rico, Albert Mathews of West Milford, Paul Mathews of Newton, David Mathews of South Carolina, and Sandra Mathews of Highland Lakes; sixteen grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. She is also survived by her brother, David Dow of Pennsylvania; her sisters, Susan Willeby of North Carolina and Judith Harriet of North Carolina; and her special friend, Jeannette Crowell.

Memorial Visitation will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 19, 2019, at the Wallkill Valley V.F.W. Post #8441, Route 94, Vernon.

Arrangements are private and under the direction of the Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High Street, Newton.

Memorial donations may be made to Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, 99 Sparta Avenue, Newton, NJ 07860. Online condolences may be offered at

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Memorial Visitation
Wallkill Valley V.F.W. Post #8441
313 Route 94
Vernon, NJ US 07462
Saturday, October 19, 2019
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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