Mourners from far-flung communities honored Ann-Marie Matthews on Saturday, remembering her willingness to help, her warmth and her determination. Matthews, the aunt of musician Dave Matthews, died in Waynesboro on Wednesday of ovarian cancer. For the past three years, Ann-Marie and Neven, her husband of 42 years, have spent most of their time in Florida, but maintained close ties to Waynesboro. Her impact on the city was so enormous that it remains fixed in people’s minds as a standard for public service.
“She was what we should all try to be,” said Waynesboro councilman Frank Lucente, who worked with her on a number of Boys & Girls Club special projects. “If everyone could be like her, this place would be a utopia.”