Mary A. Matta, 93, went to be with the Lord Saturday May 2, 2020 in Dewey, OK.
Mary Matta was born in Houston, Texas on August 14, 1926 to Elisco Bernal and Abigail Garcia Bernal. Mary attended public and secretarial schools in Houston.
Mary met her future husband at a civic club meeting, after WWII. Mary and Romeo married on Feb 4, 1951 after Romeo had graduated from The University of Houston and had worked for 2 years. They were happily married for 67 years. After her marriage she moved to Tulsa where she worked for General Electric. In 1960 she moved to Bartlesville when her husband went to work at Phillips Engineering Dept. and she at the YMCA until retirement.
Mary was an active member of a prayer group, birthday club and a civic club to raise funds for scholarships to high school graduates. Mary enjoyed traveling. In the late 60s and early 70s she lived in Belgium. She and the other Phillips wives would travel all over Europe while their husbands were working. After returning to Bartlesville, she and her husband made several month-long trips. They traveled Europe by plane, train and car. They covered every country in Europe. Her favorite was traveling by car. They made one trip to Russia, which was interesting and educational.
She is survived by her husband; Romeo Matta, sisters; Rebecka Rodriquez, Elsie Brett and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, 5 brothers, and one sister.
Visitation for Mary will be Thursday May 7, from 9:00 am until 7:00 pm with a Rosary at 3 pm in the Arnold Moore & Neekamp Chapel.
Private family services will be held at St. Therese Church in Collinsville, OK May 8, at 1:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations in honor of Mary may be made to St. Therese Catholic Church, 1007 N. 19th St. Collinsville, OK 74021.
Services have been entrusted to Arnold Moore & Neekamp Funeral Home & Cremation Services. Online condolences may be left at honoringmemories.com. Live streaming will be available at www.stthereseok.org or St. Therese’s facebook page.