Julia Catherine Meadows Matney Forman

Julia Catherine Meadows Matney Forman, passed away Aug. 29, 2020, surrounded by her family. She was born July 31, 1925, on a farm in rural Kansas.
After graduating from Fall River, Kan., High School in 1943, she was certified to teach school. She taught school for two years in a one room schoolhouse with 12 students in four grades. For two summers, during WWII, she worked at a Boeing Plant in Wichita, Kan., riveting sheet metal on the B-29 Bomber. She was a resident of Aurora for 57 years and owned and operated Matney’s clothing store from 1958 until she closed it and retired in 1993. She was active in many areas of the Aurora United Methodist Church and the Aurora community. She served as Grand Marshal of the Annual Houn Dawg days parade. In 2015, she sold her home in Aurora and moved to Springfield to be closer to her children. She lived at the Gardens Senior Living Apartments for five years.
She is survived by: sister, Delpha Peterson; 13 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, at the Maple Park Cemetery in Aurora. In light of the concerns on group gatherings due to COVID-19, masks will be required at the visitation and social distancing will be required at the visitation and the graveside service. Memorials may be made to the ALMS Fund at the Aurora United Methodist Church in care of the funeral home. Online condolences may be shared at www.CraftonCantrellFuneralHome.com.


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