Ivory Matthews

Ivory Ozell Matthews (Bell)

Wednesday, April 1st, 1931 - Sunday, September 29th, 2019
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Ivory Ozell Matthews passed away peacefully on September 29, 2019. Ozell was born to the late Dudley & Ida (Richmond) Bell on April 1, 1931 in Byhalia, Mississippi. She married the late John Cal Matthews on November 14, 1948. She attended school and Antioch Baptist Church in MS until moving to Battle Creek, MI in 1953. She joined Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in 1961 under the leadership of the late Earl F. Young. Ozell was active in church (Angelic Choir) until her health permitted her from doing so.
Ozell worked with the Battle Creek Public School system as a teachers aide for many years. She later worked in food service at the Battle Creek Sanitarium Hospital and then as a foster parent. Being a foster parent was the most rewarding to her. Working with kids has always been her passion. Her family was her life. She made several sacrifices for her children and that carried on with her grandchildren.
She leaves behind to cherish her memories two daughters, Barbara (Mike) Campbell & Cheryl Hoyt both of Battle Creek; four sons, Michael (Sheila) Matthews & Tom (Odessa) Martin, both of Battle Creek and Dudley (Mivis) Matthews and Aubrey (Yolanda) Matthews both of Kalamazoo, MI; one sister, Aileen Aikens, and a brother, Joseph Matthews both of Memphis, TN; 11 grandkids, 16 great grands with one on the way and a godson, William Young Jr. She also had many nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband; sisters, Boydie Mae Ollie, Ruth Myers and Francis Warren.
Funeral service will be held at the Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, 636 W. Van Buren Street, Battle Creek, MI 49037, on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 starting at 1:00 pm with Rev. Timothy Troxler officiating.
Arrangement entrusted to the Baxter Funeral and Cremation Service.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Tuesday, October 8th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Tuesday, October 8th, 2019 1:00pm
    Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church
    636 West Vanburen street
    BattleCreek, MI 49037
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    Rev. Timothy Troxler
  • Interment

    Memorial Park Cemetery
    2435 W. Territorial Road
    BATTLE CREEK, MI 49015
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  • Reception

    Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church
    636 W. Van Buren Street
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Carol Brown

Posted at 09:27am
My heartfelt condolences goes to Barb and her family. I am praying the Lord will comfort and strengthen you.

Felicia Welch-Reevers

Posted at 08:14pm
Sending love and prayers to Barbara and family and share the loss Honey Bell. She was one of a kind, and some of my best - and definitely funniest - memories of the last fifty years include her. Thank you for sharing her. 💕

Brenda A Murphy

Posted at 07:58am
My Condolences to the entire family in the "Home Going" of your Beloved Mother! Praying for God to Comfort, Strengthen and Keep you all in His perfect Care! Look to the hills from whence cometh your help your help cometh from the Lord which made heaven and earth Psalm 121. I'm Continually Praying For Gods Blessing For You All....


Mary Lou Collins

Posted at 06:29pm
With deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences. May God's love, peace and blessings comfort you during this time of loss and always.

O.D. & Mary Lou Collins

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