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Mary (Kat) Katherine Matthews

November 13, 1937 — September 2, 2022

Mary Katherine (Kat) Matthews, 84, of East Bend passed away Friday, September 2, 2022 at the skilled nursing facility at Brookridge Retirement Community. She was born November 13, 1937 in Davie County to the late Thomas Washington Kiger and Gladys Seats Kiger. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Jerry Gray Wood, daughter Vickie South Baity, sisters Bessie Boggs, Linda Harrison, and Barbara Allen, brother Henry Kiger, and step-grandson Brandon Shore. Surviving are her husband Charles "Pete" Matthews, daughter Janice Wood Claybrook, son-in-law Scott Claybrook, son-in-law Kent Baity, step-daughters Kathy Johnson and Linda Allman, grandchildren Andrew Gray Claybrook, Katherine Susan Claybrook, Patrick Baity, Westley Baity, and step-grandchildren John Allman, Tiffany Allman, Hannah Johnson, and Lessie Shepherd. She is also survived by siblings Ann (Sammy) Debusk, Dwayne (Peggy) Kiger, and Pat Allen along with thirteen great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. A graveside service will be held at 11AM on Wednesday, September 7, 2022 at Farmington Community Cemetery. The family would like to thank the staff at Brookridge for the kindness and care they provided to Kat during her time there. Gentry Family Funeral Service in Yadkinville is serving the Matthews family. Online condolences can be made at


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