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Aurora "Sandy" P Matlock

August 26, 1936 ~ February 5, 2018 (age 81)
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Aurora “Sandy” P. Matlock was born August 26, 1936 in San Pedro California to Alfred and Ruth Provencal and passed away on February 5, 2018 peacefully at Tacoma General Hospital.  Aurora’s father was in the Navy and the family moved all over the United States, she attended six different schools in six years.  Her mother was a teacher, who taught Aurora to read at a very early age and she continued her love of reading all her life.  After her father retired, the family moved to Moscow, Idaho where Aurora graduated from Moscow High School.  This is where she met the love of her life, Ivan Matlock, who was attending Washington State University.  They were married on June 4, 1954 and settled in Puyallup, Washington where Ivan worked with his father and brother on the family berry farm.  Aurora worked on the family farm until Ivan scheduled her in the stripping shed which she did not enjoy. She went and obtained a position with Snelling and Snelling as an employment placement counselor.  Aurora wanted to further her education so she received her Certified Professional Secretary Degree in 1985.  She later worked as an Executive Secretary for WR Grace in Auburn, Fairchild in Puyallup and Milgard in Fife.  In 1996, Ivan and Aurora moved to their retirement dream home in Gig Harbor, Washington overlooking the water and incredible view of Mt. Rainier.  There were travel adventures all over the world with Ivan by her side, whether it was on their boat, horseback, cruises or in their motor coach.  Aurora was an intelligent elegant wife, mother and friend who was admired by all who knew her, she will be greatly missed.  Aurora leaves behind her loving husband Ivan, brother Ralph (Judy) Provencal of Lacey Wash., two sons John (Gwenda) of Lebanon, Ore., Bob (Abbie) of Puyallup, Wash., four grandsons Richard, David, Joey and Nick and two great-grandchildren Johnathan and Kattie and many nieces and nephews. 

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