Carol Matchett, 68

Carol Sue (DeVries) Matchett, age 68, went to sleep peacefully at her home in Sturgis and joined her family in heaven on Friday morning, Sept. 18, 2009.

She was born Nov. 4, 1940, in Kalamazoo, a daughter of the late Gerrit and Lorris (Watts) DeVries.

On her 20th birthday she married Owen S. Matchett in Sturgis.  He passed away Sept. 6, 2002.

Surviving are a son, Steven Matchett (44) of Sturgis; two daughters, Rhoda Matchett (46) and Todd Moore of Three Rivers and Amanda Matchett (24) of Sturgis; a son-in-law, Kelly Janes of Sturgis; four grandchildren, Kurtland Bathgate, A.J. Bowen, Alexis Janes, and John Matchett; and a great-grandchild, Kayden Bathgate.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Lorris (Watts) DeVries; her father, Gerrit DeVries; her husband, Owen S. Matchett; daughters Rebecca (Matchett) Janes and Kelly Eagan Walker; and brother Garry DeVries.

Carol enjoyed quilting, crocheting, camping, baking and cooking for family gatherings, and she loved her family dearly.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Monday at the Hackman Family Funeral Homes Rosenberg Chapel, 807 E. Chicago Road, Sturgis.

Funeral services celebrating the life of Carol Sue Matchett will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Sturgis Wesleyan Church, with The Rev. Steve Bean officiating.

Graveside services and interment will follow in Oak Lawn Cemetery. Memorial donations may be directed to the family. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

Her obituary is also at, where personal messages of support may be left for the family.

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