obit: Julia Marie Doolie Matush
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Julia Marie Doolie Matush, 78
Posted: Monday, Jul 26th, 2010 CREEDE
Julia Marie Sams Matush died Thursday, May 13, 2010, while snorkeling in the Red Sea in Eilat, Israel.
She was born on July 22, 1931, the only daughter of Rowe and Marie Sams. She grew up in Texas, and, after 2 years at Stephens College in Missouri, she graduated from Baylor University in 1952. During her Baylor years, she met a handsome young Aggie, became his first and only girlfriend, and married Jim Matush on Dec. 5, 1953. They enjoyed 56 years of deep love and life together, raised four children, and lived all over North America, as well as France and Holland during Jims years at DuPont. Doolie was, first, a child of God and madly in love with her Jesus; second, a devoted wife and deeply in love with her husband: third, a passionate mother who fiercely loved her children and grandchildren; and, after that, a traveler, adventurer, teacher, encourager, lover, worshipper and as Baptist as the day is long. Friends and family knew her to love spending time in the mountains of Creede, always be up for a game of Joker, wash her Ziplocs and anything else debatably considered re-usable, be more excited to see you than anyone ever has or will, sneak away from a group of friends to spend an hour adoring her Lord (and sometimes get lost coming back), beat you to the bottom of the ski slopes (she was called Downhill Doolie) and always push for one more run, laugh so hard shed cry and you couldnt help but laugh with her, share her faith with anyone who would listen, be your biggest cheerleader and loudest fan, help pack 475 boxes for Operation Christmas Child, teach a Sunday school class with a passion and wisdom that drew you closer to God, and love you in a way that made you feel grounded. Doolie died with no struggle or pain, in Gods beautiful creation, after spending two weeks studying His Word with friends and family in the Holy Land. To spend an hour with Doolie was to spend time with a person who knew God. She eagerly anticipated her journey home to see Him face to face. Friends and family believe God saw in Doolie an undivided heart and took her home to be with Him in a very Doolie way she died the way she lived: enjoying creation, loving her family, adoring her Lord.
She was preceded in death by her grandson, Jamie Matush, in 2000; her daughter, Jeri Matush, in 2003; and her cousin and dearest friend, Mary Howell in 2009.
Survivors include her best friend and loving husband, Jim Matush; her three remaining children, Jim Matush Jr., St. Louis, Janie White, Austin and Jennifer Lee White, Boerne, nine remaining grandchildren and a host of friends and family who love her dearly.
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