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.
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