ELLISVILLE, Miss. – Lorena Matthews whose credit union career included working both on the credit union side as well as with the NCUA, died March 21. She was 92 years old. A native of Meridian, Miss., Matthews’ history with the NCUA spanned several years in the 1970s (see CU Times, July 14, 2004). She served as the last deputy administrator to the agency under Lawrence Connell as well as to his predecessors General. Herman Nickerson Jr. and C. Austin Montgomery. She also served as the only female on the agency’s six-person advisory board. When the NCUA became a three-person board, Matthews retired. Matthews’ credit union legacy also includes working with Y-12 FCU, Oak Ridge, Tenn. and her involvement with various credit union organizations such as the Tennessee Credit Union League and CUES. She was also very active with NAFCU. Matthews’ funeral was held March 23. She is survived by three step children, a niece and two nephews. Her husband Clayton Lamar Matthews died in December 2003. Friends of Lorena Matthews who would like to express their condolences to her family can write or phone her nephew Jack Walley at 114 McKenzie Drive, Ellisville, Miss. 39437, (601) 763-3550.

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