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Mattie Vineyard Ridgeway

Mattie Vineyard Ridgeway, age 93 of Board Camp, AR went to her heavenly home on Thursday, September 24, 2020.

She was born October 30,1926 in Palestine, near Witcherville, Arkansas to the late Dewey and Viola Cross Vineyard.  She was united in marriage to Brother Vernual Ridgeway for 75 years and 4 months. 

Mattie was a true servant of the Lord and of people. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great-great grandmother, neighbor, and friend. She faithfully carried out the duties of a Pastor’s wife in the churches her husband Vernual pastored in Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. She was a member of the Board Camp Baptist Church.

She was a published author of multiple poems and two books. She loved being outdoors and always tended to her gardens and flowers. She loved to take her family to the outdoors for picnics, fishing, or even picking huckleberries. Her hobbies included sewing, quilting, painting, and working on any craft project.

She was preceded in death by her parents Dewey and Viola Vineyard, two sisters and husbands, Ruth and

James Watson, June and Ken Brooks, two brothers in law, Carl Finney and Mac Morgan.

She is survived by her daughter, Carolyn McIntosh of Board Camp, grandchildren Troy McIntosh of Board Camp, Kristy Frazier and husband Roger of Sulphur Springs, AR, great grandchildren, Melissa McIntosh of Sulphur Springs, AR, and Tara Harder and husband Shane of Mena, AR, great-great grandchildren Summer Martin, Nathan Harder and Jacob Harder, sisters Doris Morgan, Helen Finney, Zella Harrison and husband J.D. and Joy Boren and husband Frank. A host of nieces, nephews, and friends. 

Pallbearers will be nephews Jackie Morgan, Ronnie Morgan, Larry Morgan, John Henry Boren, Randy Harrison, and Jacky Lynch.

Honorary pallbearers are nephews Reece Watson, Danny Hicks, David Harrison, George Boren, Andrew Boren, Michael Boren, and Napoleon Boren.

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