Myrtle Viola Mathews, a longtime Oak Creek resident, died July 18, 2008. She was 99.
She was born Nov. 5, 1908, in Junction City, Kan. Her first visit to Routt County was in 1911. Her mother later moved to Routt County to teach in several of the county's one-room schoolhouses.
Mrs. Mathews served in several volunteer positions, one of which was treasurer of the Oak Creek American Legion Auxiliary, of which she was a life member. Many people of Oak Creek remember her from the nonprofit "This and That Shop," a secondhand store that she helped run for many years. She quilted for many years with the Ladies Aid of the Oak Creek Methodist Church.
Her volunteer work for various groups helped pay for the playground equipment in the town park and contributed to the construction of the South Routt Medical Center, in addition to various other Oak Creek projects. She once received a certificate of appreciation from the Colorado State Patrol for being an outstanding Colorado resident. A quote from the certificate reads: "Her respect for decency and proper action is most commendable. Colorado is indeed fortunate to have such a citizen."
She was preceded in death by her husband and four children. She is survived by her grandson, Keith Ball of Denver; granddaughter Sue Swigart, and her husband Buck, of Oak Creek; great-granddaughter, Misty Garcia, of Steamboat Springs; grandniece, Geraldine Kilgroe, of Golden; and cousin, John Brown, and his wife, Evelyn, of Manhattan, Kan.