Evelyn (Ahrens) Mathewson of Hamden, Connecticut and Sun City West, Arizona, widow of the late David J. Mathewson passed away at home on Friday, January 9, 2009. Born February 29, 1920, Evelyn was the daughter of the late Mildred and Warren Ahrens. She lived in Hamden until her marriage to David Mathewson in 1942 at which time they moved to Orange, Connecticut. In 1943 they started the Mathewson Tool Company where Evelyn served as corporation Secretary and Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer until the business was sold in 1969. Mrs. Mathewson was a member of the New Haven Badminton Club and a volunteer at Goodwill Easter Seals for many years. Following the sale of their business, the Mathewsons played golf at New Haven Country Club, traveled extensively and spent much of their time at second homes in Quechee, Vermont and later Sun City West, Arizona. In Arizona, Mrs. Mathewson served as an animal rescue shelter volunteer and an English as a Second Language tutor for Hispanic children. Mrs. Mathewson was predeceased by her husband in 1997 and by her daughter Diane Wheaton in 2002. She is survived by her brother, Spencer Ahrens of Milford, Connecticut, son David (Kathryn) of Signal Mountain, Tennessee, grandchildren James (Carol), William and Lynley Wheaton of New York, and Heather (Bryan) Rainville and Carroll (Kenneth) Griffin of Pittsboro, North Carolina who all knew her lovingly as 'Mimi'. She was also 'Mimi' to her two great-grandchildren, Ahren Griffin and Katherine Evelyn Rainville. All are invited to attend a memorial service and celebration of her life on Saturday, April 25, 2009 at 10 AM in BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave. Hamden The Rev. Kathryn Mathewson will officiate. Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to Easter Seal-Goodwill Rehabilitation Center, 95 Hamilton St, New Haven, Connecticut 06511.

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  1. I was saddened when I heard that Evelyn had passed on to the Lord. I played bridge with Evelyn and Elaine for many years at Briarwood. They changed the day of bridge to Wednesday, and Evelyn decided that she wanted to play Gin on that night. Couldn’t talk her out staying with us. Please accept my Sympathy.I hope you will e-mail me of her services in SCW.

  2. Please accept my most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. I will always have wonderful memories of times spent with Aunt Evelyn and Uncle Dave. My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  3. So sorry to hear of Evelyn’s passing. Our thoughts and sympathies are with you.

  4. So sorry to hear of the loss of Aunt Evelyn. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. We were fortunate to have had a nice visit with her at Whitney Manor. We have a lot of nice memories with her and Uncle Dave.

  5. We are saddened to hear of Evelyn’s passing So many memories of her shall remain. Our sincere condlences to those she leaves behind.

  6. We are so sorry at hearing this news. Evelyn was a wonderful person, and everyone who knew her will be poorer for this loss. Our deepest condolences to all.

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