Anne Frances Mathews

Apr 11, 1942 - Mar 25, 2016


Anne Frances Mathews was born Anne Hezelgrave in Leeds, England on April 11, 1942, and died on Friday March 25, 2016 in Roseville, California.
Preceded in death by her father, Royal Navy Seaman Daniel J. Hezelgrave during World War II at just 2 months old, Anne was raised by her mother Annie Connor and her Connor grandparents for the first 9 years of her life. Upon the remarriage of her mother to John “Jack” Leonard Quinn, Anne was joined by a younger sister, Christine Antonia.
From the age of 15 in 1957 until 1963, Anne worked as a Tailoress for Burton’s, which was the largest tailoring company in the United Kingdom at that time. In 1963, Anne was in search of further adventure and decided to become an Au Pair in order to see the United States. She was almost 21 years old when she arrived in the U.S. to work for Helen & George Brenner in Novato, CA to help with their six children. Anne stayed with the Brenner’s until 1964 when she met and married her husband, Allen James Mathews in November of 1964.
Settling down with Allen in the San Jose, CA area, Anne and Allen went on to have three children, Annemarie, Kristine and Alan. Anne retired from IBM Corporation as a Customer Advocate in the Customer Engineering Service Branch 369, after 28 years of service.
Anne loved travel, gardening, reading, spending time with her friends and family. The light of her life in her later years were her grandchildren. Anne spent a great deal of time with them, even living just two blocks away. This allowed her to see them most days and play trains, Star Wars light sabers, princess, read to and with them, attend elementary school open houses, choir concerts, baking pies for Thanksgiving, coloring eggs for Easter, making and decorating cookies for Christmas – together with all of the kids. It was a joy for her to spend so much time with them.
Anne was preceded in death by her parents, Danny Hezelgrave and Annie & Jack Quinn all of Leeds, England, as well as her husband Allen J. Mathews and her only son. Alan D. Mathews.
Anne is survived by daughters Annemarie H. Boyle (Timothy) and Kristine P. Vega (Gene) of Lincoln, California; grandchildren: Thomas Connor Vega, Kaileigh Anne Vega, Evan Jacob Vega of Lincoln, CA, and Josh S. Vega, Sydnee J. Vega, Madison E. Mitchell (Stephen) great-granddaughter Stevie E. Mitchell of Hollister, CA, as well as one sister, Mrs. Christine A. Metcalfe of Pontefract, Yorkshire, England.

Funeral Home:
East Lawn Elk Grove Mortuary
9189 E. Stockton Blvd
Elk Grove, CA
US 95624


  • Linda Hinshaw-Kramm says:

    My sincere condolences. Anne was a bright spot at IBM office 369 in San Jose… she was mother hen to us all and made our workdays enjoyable.

  • Jennifer Howlett says:

    Dearest Ann and Christine, I wish with all my heart I could be there in person, but I can only attend in spirit. I send my blessings to you both on this very sad occasion.

  • Catherine XXX says:

    Such a very fine lady. I first met Anne and Annemarie when I arrived in the IBM Mountain View office from the U.K. They become like my surrogate family away from home. I don’t know what I would have done without them. Anne was always there to help and welcome me in to her family and home. She was such a warm, caring lady, and bore her ill health without complaining. She will be very sadly missed. Rest in peace with Allen, Alan and the rest of your departed family, Anne. With much love,

  • Catherine XXX says:

    My deepest sympathies to AM, Tim, Kristine, Gene, and family plus friends and family throughout the world.. You are in my thoughts and prayer at this very difficult time. All my love,

  • Jackie Gonzales says:

    So sorry for you loss. Worked with her for years at IBM. Connected with her again through facebook. Loved her stories of life and family. She always made me smile. She will be forever in my heart.

  • Mel Berman says:

    Anne and I were close friends at IBM for many years. Her strong sense of humor and helpful nature were a joy for me. My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family; her passing is a great loss for you and everyone who knew her.

  • Tom & Shan Tillman says:

    Our condolences go out to Anne’s family and all her many friends. The loss of Anne is truly heartbreaking and we know she will be missed tremendously. As a fellow IBM retiree I had known Anne for many years. She was such a great person to work and socialize with. I admired her and loved her dearly as a true friend. She influenced so many of us with her charm and wit. I often thought of her as our Den Mother. Anne, you will always be remembered in my heart as a true friend.

  • Bob Silcott says:

    My deepest sympathies to go out to your family. I worked with Anne for many years at IBM. She was always a joy to be around. I will forever remember her awesome wit and infectious laugh.

  • Linda Costanza says:

    Anne and I became friends and lunch buddies at IBM Branch 369. While on lunch breaks, she would share wonderful stories of her loving family and England while she sewed sparkles of every kind on Christmas ornaments for her kids. What a talent! Her laughter brought joy to many. She will be missed. My deepest condolences to her daughters.

  • Kathy Markesen Biondi says:

    My condolences to all the family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

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