Martha Matthews Conklin, 73, died Tuesday, February 3, 2009, following a period of declining health. She was born in Cabarrus County, NC on August 24, 1935 and was a daughter of the late Frank Oliver Matthews and Grace McKinnley Matthews. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Derwood Parrish Conklin; a brother, Harold Matthews; and by sisters, Mary Elizabeth Richmond and Billie G. Gallagher.Mrs. Conklin graduated from Watts Hospital School of Nursing and was a retired employee of Iredell Memorial Hospital where she worked in labor and delivery. She was a member of Forest Park Presbyterian Church.Martha will be remembered by her family for her dedication as a wife and mother. She is survived by a son, Eric Kave Conklin, of Cornelius, NC; a daughter, Kenlaugh Conklin Lewis and her husband, Raymond, of Burke County, NC; grandchildren, Erica Krystal King, Alisha Candace Bolton, Richard Alexander Lewis, Philip Ryan Lewis, Kamron Elizabeth Lewis, Eric Reid Conklin and Susan Katherine Conklin; a great-grandchild, Sadie Marie Bolton; a brother, Charles Thomas Matthews; and a sister, Nancye C. Brodie.Private family services will be held at a later date. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family.

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