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Adabel E. Matthes

July 31, 1923 — September 8, 2022

Adabel Elizabeth Matthes, 99, of Pleasant Hill, was born July 31, 1923, in Strasburg, the daughter of Bernard A. and Flossie (Middleton) Roush.  She departed this life, Thursday, September 8, 2022, at the Crown Care Center in Harrisonville.

Adabel was a 1941 Strasburg High School graduate and was Valedictorian of her class.

On November 19, 1941, she was united in marriage to Walter F. Matthes, Jr. in Adrian. He preceded her in death on January 13, 2001.

Adabel was a homemaker and farmer’s wife.  She and her husband owned and operated Matthes Bee Farm for many years.  She was an active member of the Hickory Grove Baptist Church where she taught bible study and played the piano.  She enjoyed cooking, baking, playing cards, and line dancing.  She especially enjoyed spending time with her family.

Adabel was also preceded in death by her parents; one grandson, James Matthes; one great grandson, Travis Kanies; and her sister, Hazel Orlando.

She is survived by two sons, Bill Matthes and Allen (and Sharon) Matthes, both of Lee’s Summit; three grandchildren, Mark (and Kathi) Matthes of Pleasant Hill, Julie Lane of Roeland Park, and Renae (and Raj) Matthes Mitra of Lee’s Summit; seven great grandchildren, Pamela (and Nathan) VanMeter, Alex (and Angela) Matthes, and Jacob Matthes, all of Pleasant Hill, Teri Kanies of Lee’s Summit, Jesse Matthes, and Wyatt Matthes both of Pleasant Hill, and Rhett Lane of Roeland Park; four great-great grandchildren, Lucas VanMeter, Jaxon VanMeter, Adonis Matthes, and Lillian Matthes; other relatives and friends.

A funeral service was held Monday, September 12, 2022, at the funeral home.  Reverend Mark Conway officiated. Interment was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.  Casket bearers were Rhett Lane, Alex Matthes, Jacob Matthes, Jesse Matthes, Mark Matthes, Wyatt Matthes, Lucas VanMeter, and Nathan VanMeter.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Hickory Grove Baptist Church and may be sent in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements: Stanley-Edenburn Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong St., Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550


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