Edna Mae (Penny) McClain Mathis, age 90, of Springfield passed away suddenly Sep. 15, 2013 with her daughter Susan, and nephew Gary and his wife Cheryl at her side.
Edna Mae was born March 31, 1923 in Poe County, Ill., the daughter of Roland and Gertrude (Moss) McClain. During WWII, she moved to St. Louis and worked for Curtis Wright Aircraft manufacturer where one of her jobs was removing debris that had been left behind and cleaning the airplanes. During that time she became interested in flying and became a pilot. She went from horse and buggy to being a pilot of airplanes in about 4 years! She was united in marriage to Eldon (Bud) Mathis on May 25, 1946 in Clayton, Ill.
Through all of their moves around the country for Eldon’s work, she focused on the important things in her life: her family, her home, her extended family, and her various church families. She was a member of the Christian Church in the communities in which she lived and was a long-standing member of Brentwood Christian Church in Springfield.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Eldon Mathis, her parents Roland and Gertrude McClain, her brother Roland Jr. and his wife Betty McClain, her sister Evelyn Winget and her husband William Winget.
She is survived by her daughters Susan Mathis of St. Paul, MN and Linda Thumm (Chris) of St. Louis, MO, as well as her granddaughter Carin Thumm of St. Louis, MO, and her nephews Gary (Cheryl) Winget of Minneapolis, MN and Gene Winget of Daphne, AL. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and aunt.
Visitation will be held Monday, Sept. 23, 2013 from 5 - 8 p.m. at Gorman-Scharpf Brentwood Chapel. Church services will be held Tuesday, Sep. 24, 2013 at 10 a.m. at Brentwood Christian Church, 1900 E. Barataria, immediately followed by graveside service at 11 a.m. at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Crosslines of the Ozarks (www.ccozarks.org ) or Ozark Food Harvest (www.ozarksfoodharvest.org ) .