Agnes "Aggie" Matthews

Agnes Marie Steiner, 88, died Jan. 9, 2008. She was born to Stephen and Lena Steiner on Aug. 31, 1919 in Tillamook. Ore. Her parents immigrated to the United States in 1914 from Obeart, Switzerland. She was the fourth of four children, Steve, Louie and Lena.
The family moved back to Switzerland in 1927, returning to Tillamook late in 1928.  Ms. Mathews father was a dairyman and at the age of eight she was responsible for milking one cow.
She married Art Ayer in 1937. They had three children; Bob, Carolyn and David. They divorced in 1953. They moved to a number of Oregon communities, including Portland where she was the first woman hired by Portland Chain. She ran a cutting torch and welder, making turnbuckles for the Navy.
After WWII they moved back to Tillamook where she milked two cows, morning and evening, and canned 800 to 900 quarts of food each summer on a wood stove.
Following her divorce she worked at a number of places including The Swiss Café in Eagle Point and The Shack in Shady Cove, where she would open at 4 a.m. to feed the loggers and fishermen. Other than her cooking, she was known for her beautiful smile.
In 1960, she married Quinton Matthews. They divorced in 2004. He died last week.
She is survived by her sister, Lena Landolt, of Tillamook; a son, Bob Ayer, of Beaverton; a daughter, Carol Kemry, of Eagle Point, 14 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son, David Ayer, who lived in Butte Falls.
A memorial service and celebration of life will be held in the summer. 

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