Rhetta Kaye (Johnson) Matlock, former Tecumseh resident, age 74, left this life to join the Lord on Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, at her home in Harrah, after a 7-year hard-fought battle with cancer.

Rhetta Kaye (Johnson) Matlock, former Tecumseh resident, age 74, left this life to join the Lord on Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, at her home in Harrah, after a 7-year hard-fought battle with cancer.

Rhetta was born Nov. 26, 1942, in Shawnee, Oklahoma, to Vale Hardy and Erma Rose (Tefertiller) Johnson.

She attended school at U.S. Grant, and graduated from Central High School in Oklahoma City.

Rhetta was baptized at Asbury Methodist Church in Oklahoma City and later joined Broadway United Methodist Church, Tecumseh, in 1959.

In the late 1960s through the early 1970s, Rhetta formed a baton twirling group known as the Tecumseh Jaycettes. She instructed hundreds of local girls in the art of baton twirling. Her “girls” spent many days marching down the streets of Tecumseh preparing for the next competition. Rhetta loved to brag on her “girls” and the wonderful, hard-working, Mother’s Group who supported her for many years.

Rhetta was married to the love of her life, Terry Dean Matlock, on Aug. 18, 1978, in Tecumseh. They spent 39 amazing years together, building a remarkable life with their family.

In 1981, Rhetta and Terry made a huge decision to accept Civil Service positions in Germany. During their 3-year tour they traveled throughout Europe, met many lifelong friends, and made memories they never forgot.

Rhetta retired from Tinker Air Force Base as an Item Manager after 35 years of Civil Service and immediately went back to Tinker as a contracted employee for another 13 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and two wonderful step-dads, Robert (Bob) Henderson and William (Bill) Alsip.

Rhetta is survived by her husband, Terry and one precious 4-legged fur baby (Gizmo YaYa) of the home; three sons, Tony and Shirley Henderson of Tecumseh, Jimmy Don and Faith Westervelt of Moore, and Feegee Dean Matlock of Oklahoma City; two daughters, Kaye Lyn and Steve DeSomer of Harrah, and Tara DeAn and Kyle Goodin of Shawnee; nine grandchildren and spouses, Dillan and Blaze, Jeff and Lindsey, Derek, Dusty and Valarie, Kara Don and Aaron, Danielle, Meghan, Chance, and Peyton; seven great-grandchildren, Tegan, Dalton, Sawyer, Harley, Braylinn, Weston, and Koen; three sisters, Adonna Makowski of Pottsboro Texas, Terri and Tim Green of Pottsboro, and Paula Johnson Downs of Durant; one aunt, Leota Trice of Tecumseh; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Additionally, Rhetta loved each and every one of her grand dogs, and each will truly miss their MeMa.

Rhetta’s family wishes to thank the wonderful team of ladies at Loving Care Hospice for the love and kindness shown to her and the entire family during her final days.

Visitation will be 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday Aug. 15.

Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16, at Cooper Funeral Home Chapel with Stephanie Stephens of Broadway United Methodist, Tecumseh. Burial will follow at Tecumseh Cemetery under the direction of Cooper Funeral Home of Tecumseh.

To share memories, or to sign the guest book on-line, go to www.cooperfuneral.com.

The family has designated St. Jude’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959 as appropriate for memorials.