Zelda Jane Prows Mathews

3/29/1934 ~ 6/17/2022

Zelda Jane Prows Mathews daughter of George Titus and Mable LeFevre Prows was born March 29, 1934, in Kanosh, UT.  She returned to her Heavenly Home Friday, June 17, 2022; she was 88. 

Zelda grew up in a large family with 11 siblings where she learned many of life’s important lessons.  She attended primary school in Kanosh and graduated from Millard High, where she met the love of her life, Alan Morrell Mathews. 

 Alan and Zelda were sealed for Time and Eternity in the Manti Temple Sept. 3, 1952; they would have been married 70 years this Sept.  The young couple made their home in Scipio, Utah, and welcomed four daughters, Annette, Leisa, Glenda and Allene.  Zelda was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.  She used her many talents to make a wonderful homelife for her family.  She was a loving neighbor and friend who found great joy in serving by sharing her delicious breads, special cakes and treats.  And if she could leave the bread or treat anonymously, it made her especially happy imagining her friend finding it and wondering who might have left it.   

Zelda taught by example; she was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served in many ward and stake callings and supported Alan in all of his callings.   She worked with the youth of the church, 4-H and Scouts.  Zelda was a member of the Daughters-of-the-Utah Pioneers and was very proud of her pioneer heritage. One of the highlights of her life was her service to the Lord as she and Alan served together as ordinance workers in the historic Manti LDS Temple for 19 years. They loved serving the Lord and the special associations they formed while doing that sacred work.

One year the family made a plaque to present to our mother, Zelda, and these are words that we chose to describe our angel mother: Loyal, Fresh Bread, Apricot Jam, Doll Clothes, Mother Superior, Easter Picnics, Quilts, Temple Worker, Selfless Service and Grandma Z.

Grandma Z’s last words to the family were, “Always keep loving each other.”

Zelda is survived by her loving husband, Alan Mathews of Scipio, UT; daughters, Annette (Ron) Sabin of Escondido, CA; Leisa Carling of Fillmore, UT; Glenda (Jack) Hoggatt of Heber City, UT; Allene (Jan) Anderson of Orem, UT; a brother, Raymon Prows of Kanosh, UT; 33 grandchildren; and 35 great-grandchildren. 

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, June 25, 2022 at 11:00 am with a viewing from 9:30-10:30 prior to the service at the Scipio Ward Chapel, 80 West 100 North Scipio, Utah. Friends and family may also call Friday evening from 6:00-8:00 pm at the Scipio Ward Chapel. 

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12 Responses to “Zelda Jane Prows Mathews”

  1. Linda Crosland Smith says:

    My sympathy at the loss of your extraordinary mother. She was always sweet to me while I was growing up.

  2. Dr. Mark Bezzant says:

    Our son David Bezzant married Zelda’s granddaughter Lori. Over the years we got to know Zelda and Alan. What wonderful people! Their daughter Leisa is an angel, like her mother. Zelda graduated from this life with honors.

    Dr. E. Mark Bezzant

  3. Don and Melinda Torgersen says:

    Alan and sweet family…what treasured memories we will keep as we remember our dear Zelda. In our temple service with you both, our hearts grew with gratitude for your examples of Christ-like love. The Heavens are blest by her presence. We
    love you.

  4. Oh dear sweet loving Zelda. How I cherish the memories of being in you home, so much fun and always something new to learn. My dad loved telling a story about when the irrigation board took their wives to a steak dinner, Zelda had trouble cutting her steak and it slipped off the plate and into Alan’s lap at which he replied
    “Well Hell Zelda”. My dad got the biggest kick out of that experience and many others, they were all dear friends as were my grandpa Irvin and Alan’s dad. Then the third generation of friends myself and Allene. And all along Zelda being there baking bread or cookies and helping us anyway that she could! I love your family so much and pray for peace and comfort for you all!

  5. Maria Rea says:

    We have such sweet memories while working at the temple with Alan, Zelda.
    Alan I’m so sorry, how thankful we are for the blessings of the gospel
    Maria Rea

  6. Iris Speakman says:

    Sincerest condolences from the Speakman family.

  7. I love and cherish my memories of Aunt Zelda and uncle Al. We loved to visit them and Uncle Al always took us to the farm so the kids could ride or just see the horses. Aunt Zelda was always busy making something yummy. I would visit with her a couple of time each year on the phone. She was such a sweet Aunt and I will miss her dearly.She will be missed so much especially by Uncle Al and her sweet daughters. Love you all, Rachel

  8. To dear Alan and the family, we are so sorry for your loss. We loved both of you for how kind you were at the Temple. You were great examples to all of us and you touched our hearts with the many kind gestures and acts of kindness you extended to us as workers. Hugs and prayers for all of you. Heaven has truly gained a wonderful angel. You will always be remembered with much fondness and sweet memories. The Garretts, Jim and Linda

  9. DEBRA FULLMER says:

    Alan and family, our sincere sympathy to your entire family. I can’t say enough about what a sweet woman Zelda was. Always so welcoming whenever we came to her home. Seems like there was a batch of something yummy just coming out of the oven each time we were playing at the house. I will never forget the sound of the “Scipio Gang” gathered around laughing and telling stories. Alan and Zelda we such a great memory from my childhood. Sending love and comfort to you all. Debra McAthur Fullmer and family

  10. Maurice Turpin says:

    Dear Brother Mathews,
    My first encounter was a dozen years ago in the Manti Temple and you and your dear wife befriended me from that time forward. Your helpfulness and introducing me to sealings were appreciated. You also mentioned that had we grown up closer together we would have been best friends. My sorrow and appreciation for you stays on. God bless you in lonely hours and with health and strength.
    Love your brother, Maurice Turpin

  11. Frank Paxton says:

    Sorry. She is a great lady. God bless her family!

  12. Geoff and Pam Sheridan says:

    Our deepest sympathy for your loss. Zelda was a bright and shinning star here as sure she is in heaven.