Mattie Lee “Mat Lee” Hunter, 92, of Lawton, Oklahoma, passed away on June 28, 2021, at McMahon Tomlinson Nursing Center, in Lawton, Oklahoma. She was born to parents Willie Allen and Emma Alston, on June 25, 1929, in Norlina, North Carolina.
In 1950, she graduated from Warren County Training School, in Wise, NC and she worked as a school bus driver there. She had lived all her life in North Carolina, but in 2018, she relocated to Oklahoma, enjoying the mountains, buffalo, prairie dogs and all things Southwest Oklahoma has to offer. She enjoyed helping her daughter research genealogy and family history; enough to have her DNA tested in order to find an exceptional number of relatives throughout different regions. She also visited several cemeteries helping Belinda to discover new relatives. She enjoyed listening about the new family discoveries that had been found by her daughter. Mattie also enjoyed making quilts-some of which are still in use by family members. She and granddaughters adored planting flowers, and shopping. Her favorite perfume was “White Diamonds”. She always had to “get her nails done”. Each one of her grandchildren holds a special memory to her. One fond memory of Mattie is when she and childhood friend, Mary Lib Taylor of Norlina, NC, would play with their dolls together. She had evolved with technology by playing solitaire on a computer, then advancing to playing games and listening to her favorite songs on her cell phone that she kept always by her side. Her purse and hat was a definite “must-have” even while she was confined to a wheelchair in the nursing home! Yes, that was Mattie. Mattie and Leroy were married on May 29, 1957 in Warren county, North Carolina. Born of this union were two children: Belinda Hunter and Shelton Hunter.
Mattie is survived by daughter Belinda (Reginald) Johnson; daughter-in-law Theresa Hunter; two granddaughters Kim (Alvin) Gary, and Shawn Jackson; one grandson Shelton Hunter Jr; three great-granddaughters Desirey Fuentes, Marissa Fuentes, and Ronjae Hunter; one sister-in-law Queen Esther Coleman and lots of other family members and friends. Also, four special canine “grandchildren” Coco-Chanel, Taz, Bodhi, and Jewel. She was preceded in death by parents Willie and Emma Allen; husband Leroy Hunter, son Shelton Hunter Sr.
Special thanks to her family-caregiver, granddaughter, Kim Gary; and to the friendly and caring nurses of the “Red Hall” at McMahon Tomlinson Nursing Center in Lawton, Oklahoma.
We love you and will miss you Mom, Granny, Aunt Mat Lee, Cousin Baby. Rest In Peace.