Birdie Lee Mathis, 84,passed away in Fairfield, Calif., on Saturday, May 31, 2014.
Born on Aug. 14, 1929, in Gore, Okla., Birdie had 12 siblings. She lived a very rural lifestyle, on a farm, and carried that influence with her throughout her life. She married in September 1950 and relocated to California in August 1951. Birdie was proud of the three sons she raised and cherished being a daughter, wife and mother. She was always happy, laughing and joking. She will be sorely missed.
Birdie is survived by sons, Tom Mathis and wife Susan of Vacaville, Calif., Mark Mathis and wife Toni of Vacaville, Calif., and Arnold Mathis and wife Joanne of Fairfield, Calif., as well as brothers, John Summerlin and wife Ann of Gore, Okla., and Roy Summerlin and wife Pat of Webbers Falls, Okla.; She is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her husband, James J. Mathis, whom she was married to for 57 years; parents Bert and Artie (Shamblin) Summerlin; and siblings Bert Summerlin Jr, Pearl Whitney, Virgil Summerlin, Alfred Summerlin, Alice Summerlin, Bonnie Summerlin, Trisha Watkins and 3 infant brothers.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, June 14, 2014, from 1 to 4 p.m. Please contact the family for the location.