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Nancy L. Mathias

Nancy L. Mathias, 75 of rural Streator passed away Monday morning (July 7th) at Flanagan Rehabilitation Center.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 11 AM at the St. Mary’s of the Fields Church, Grand Ridge. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park.  Serving as pallbearers will be Randa and Vic Samek, Mathias, Evan and Kegan Brown, Tyler Winkels and Riley Parcher.
Family will receive friends and family on Thursday from 4 – 8PM at her home @ 1414 N 18th Rd / Leonore Rd.
Nancy was born on June 11, 1939 in rural Streator to Gordon and Myrtle (Wilkinson) Noble Sr.  She married Jay O. Mathias on June 22, 1957 he passed away on Nov. 10, 1988.
Surviving are daughters Torey (Randy) Winkels, Kangley, Trisha (Bill) Brown of Streator, grandchildren Randa (Vic) Samek, Mathias Brown, Tyler (Brooke Sharisky) Winkels, Evan and Kegan Brown, great-grandchildren Spencer and Sydney Samek, brother Russ (Elena) Noble of California and several nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
Nancy graduated from Woodland High School in 1957 and she raised her family with her husband in Plainfield.  She went back to school and received an Associated Degree in Early Childhood from Joliet Junior College.  She opened her own Daycare/Preschool called “The Kiddee-Hangout”.  She again went back to school at night and earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Govenors State University.  She was also very involved with her community and school.  She received a Lifetime membership/Achievment Awards from Plainfield PTA, Band and Choir Associations.
When her husband passed away suddenly she moved back to Streator to be close to her family.  She worked at Reliable Office Supply in Ottawa as a phone customer service rep until her retirement.  Beside her family and friends her love was crafts and decorating. She did all her children, grandchildren and several friends wedding flowers and decorations.  She also made bouquets for Prom and homecoming for her grandchildren and their friends as well as donating dozens to both Streator and Woodland High Schools for those who needed them. Her greatest legacy she gave her grandchildren were elaborate scrapbooks for them from their birth through high school.
Nancy “MauMau” will be terribly missed for who she was as a person and for all she did for her family and friends
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