Friday, July 25, 2008

Diane Stirland Matthews

Diane Stirland Matthews (front row above, second from right) became a part of our family when she married my uncle, Elmo Matthews. Together they raised a family of six children in Glendale and Mesa, Arizona, until his untimely death from a heart attack in 1983. Elmo had been left alone at home that day to care for the youngest of their children, Blake, and Diane's life was immediately turned upside down as a result. She successfully raised a beautiful, cohesive family of four girls and two boys to adulthood in the face of the challenges of being an unexpected single parent.

Though I was a young girl, I remember when Elmo first brought Diane home to meet his parents and the rest of the family at the motel my grandparents owned in Evanston, Wyoming. Elmo had been in the military, served an LDS mission to France, and studied both at BYU in Provo, Utah, and abroad in England at Oxford before settling down to marry, and Diane was the woman who eventually won his heart, and made his home.

Diane has always been, from first introduction to the present, elegant, gracious, poised, articulate, and above all, a good mother.

In 1998, it became clear others thought so, too. Diane was recognized for those qualities when she was honored with the title of 1998 National Mother of the Year by American Mothers, Inc.

Diane Stirland Matthews.

1 comment:

Diane Matthews said...

I guess if we took time to think about it we all have people in our lives that have indeed been famous to us or at least famously impressive to us. It's a good project you have. Thanks for writing the piece and for sharing it. Very gracious article.