Pocahontas- Cynthia “Cindy” Rhea Matthews 64 of Pocahontas AR, joined the LORD Saturday July 23, 2016. Cindy was born April 12, 1952 in St. John’s Newfoundland, Canada to Forrest and Barbara Whatley. As a child and self-described military brat her family lived in exotic and diverse locations around the world including Wakkanai, Japan and Minot, North Dakota. She met and married the love of her life Howard J. Matthews Jr. in Hawaii, they were married 45 years. Together they created a life full of love and joy living in Arkansas, Michigan, and Tennessee. Possessing great patience, kindness, faithfulness and gentleness, they raised their two children Kevin & Jason Matthews. Having always possessed a keen intellect and desire to learn and improve herself she earned a bachelors in Nursing from the University of Michigan and a Masters in Nursing from Arkansas State University. As a career nurse she touched countless lives making the world a better place one patient at a time. As a nursing teacher she taught hundreds of new nurses the care, compassion, skills, knowledge and professionalism required to do their jobs. Her hobbies included reading, listening to music, rescuing and raising cats, gardening, cooking, painting, traveling and playing with her grandchildren Charity and Jonah Matthews. A celebration of Cindy’s life will be held at the Jason and Chi Matthews home at noon on July 30, 2016. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the charity of your choice, or the humane society.