Barbara Lee Matthews

In Loving Memory
October 25, 1954 :: Dayton, Ohio
Passed Away:
March 28, 2019 :: Aurora, Colorado

Celebration of Life Service will be 3:00 pm Saturday, April 13, 2019 at:

Parkview Congregational Church: 12444 E Parkview Drive Aurora, Co 80011.

Please wear Colorado Rockies colors.

Barbara “Bobbie” Matthews
October 25, 1954 – March 28, 2019
Barbara “Bobbie” Matthews, 64, of Aurora, Colorado passed away peacefully at home with her family by her side Thursday afternoon March 28, 2019.
Born in Dayton, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Earl and Phyllis (nee Schramm) Matthews. A 1973 graduate of Lakewood High School (Lakewood, Ohio), Bobbie served in the U.S. Air Force (1975-1979) as a Recreation Specialist at Offutt AFB in Bellevue, Nebraska and received her Licensed Practical Nursing diploma in 1982 (University of Nebraska). Bobbie played on the Fitzsimons women’s softball team, played co-ed softball in Aurora, and coached (girls) softball in Aurora for the city of Aurora, Showtime, Illusion travel team, and was an Assistant coach at Eaglecrest High School. In August 2016 she retired from the Department of Defense, Office of the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniform Services (OCHAMPUS) / TRICARE Management Activity (TMA)/Defense Health Agency (DHA). Bobbie was a member of Parkview Congregational Church, United Church of Christ where she had taught Sunday school and served on the Christian Education Team. Bobbie had a “green thumb”, enjoyed camping with her family and friends, and was an avid Colorado Rockies fan.
Surviving is her loving wife/partner in life of 34 years, Natalie Nethers whom she was legally able to marry August 15, 2015; proud and loving mother of two children, Amanda Matthews (Nate Carmichael), and Rebekah (Adam) Matthews-Trimble; a sister, Carolyn Scott (David), brothers and sister in-laws, Timothy (Mary Jane), Gary (Melody), Terry and cousin Ken (Kim); mother in-law, Sue Nethers. Brother in-laws and sister in-laws, Craig (Diana) Nethers, Jennifer (Bob) Flowers, and Travis (Melanie) Nethers; Aunt of several nieces, nephews, great-Aunt of 7, and many friends, who were considered family.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a brother, Larry, sister in-law Theresa Matthews, niece Jacklyn Matthews, Uncle/Aunt Clyde and Clara Mae Matthews, and father in-law, Terry Nethers.

Memorial Contributions may be made to:
Parkview Congregational Church
Ray of Hope Foundation
Thanks to the doctors, nurses, and staff of the Rocky Mountain Cancer Center, Ponderosa Family Physicians, The Aurora Medical Center, Compassus Hospice & Palliative Care, and All Veterans Funeral and Cremation for your dedication, compassion, and love.


12 Responses to Barbara Lee Matthews

  1. Mike Kottyan says:

    My Dear Bobbie,
    My heart is heavy with the loss of you, but gladdened knowing you are in HIS loving arms. I pray we will meet again in Heaven and I know you’ll be coaching Angels softball. Thank you for being a fantastic-worker and a true friend.
    My Love forever,
    Mike K

  2. Ann Fazzini says:

    Dear Natalie, Amanda, Rebekah, and extended family,

    I am so sorry for your loss. Bobbie will be remembered for her deep love of family, her gentle spirit, her kindness, her laugh and her sense of humor. Bobbie was unassuming and honorable. She always brought a bright spot to the day of everyone who came into her path. It was a blessing to know her. May fond and happy memories bring you peace and comfort during this difficult time. Sending you love and hugs, Ann

  3. Nancy Hill says:

    Nat, Amanda and Bekah, you have been on my mind so much in the past few weeks. I pray that you find comfort in the passing of time and sharing memories of Bobbie and the life you have all shared together. You were everything to Bobbie. In and through each of you, she lives on. Be at peace, knowing you will see her again in God’s realm. Love to all of you.

  4. Cheryl Griffing says:

    My dear friend, I am going to miss you. I was truly blessed with your kindness, honestly and just pure goodness for many years. Thank you for being a true friend.

  5. Ruby Bruno says:

    Natalie and Family,

    My heart is with you. I’m so sorry for your loss. I know Bobbie was well loved and had a big heart. I’ll never forget all the great times playing softball as well as the chats we had in the office. May all your sweet memories bring you peace during this difficult time. Sending you and your family love and prayers.


  6. Jim Netterfield says:

    I worked with Bobbie at OCHAMPUS/TRICARE. Although I did not know her well, I understand she had very outgoing personality and was a pleasure to work and associate with. I heard nothing but good things about her and her work, within the OCHAMPUS/TRICARE, through which she significantly contributed to our efforts in a critical part of the overall Military Health Care Program. Rest in Peace Bobbie.

  7. Debbie Melton says:

    Dear Natalie and Family
    Bobbie was a kind soul and she always went out of her way to say hello to me. Her girls she adored and I remember the day she brought them into the office for us to meet. My heart is saddened with her departure know you have my thoughts and prayers in this difficult time.

  8. Sandy and Nelson Jones says:

    We will always remember Bobby as a kind, loving and thoughtful soul. Her indomitable will to live life fully and gracefully inspired many and will continue to do so in the days ahead. She will be missed as her journey commences, a journey to a peaceful spiritual home.

  9. Beverly Roffey Davis says:

    Dear Natalie, Amanda, Rebekah, and extended family
    I am so sorry to hear of Bobbies Passing. I will keep you all in prayer. May all of your wonderful memories of all of you together help you though this very difficult time. Love you

  10. Char Hawke says:

    To Bobbie’s loving family, I’m with heavy heart for all of you. Although I didn’t know Bobbie all that well when we worked at TRICARE together for many years, I do remember her quiet kindness and superb intelligence as a subject matter expert with the Military Health Care contracts/projects. She was a pure joy to know and work with.
    My sincerest condolences,
    Char Hawke

  11. Carol McCourt says:

    Dear Natalie, Amanda and Rebekah: I am so very sorry. Such a loving family-I can’t imagine how hard this is for you right now. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  12. Terri says:

    I will never forget you, you are truly special.

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