Mary G. Mathews (nee McLoughlin), 89, of North Riverside, died May 15, 2020.

Born October 9, 1930, in Dublin, Ireland, Mrs. Mathews worked at a number of jobs in Ireland, England and the United States, most memorably at a theater in the West End of London and at Brookfield Zoo, where her soft Irish accent charmed customers as she narrated the motor safari ride.

She was an avid reader, an indefatigable walker and a great friend to many.  Her greatest pride were her grandchildren, and she rarely missed a game, concert or other event in which they participated.

Ms. Mathews was the wife of the late Arthur Mathews; the mother of John (Meaghan) Mathews and Brian Mathews; the grandmother of Liam, Ciaran and Finbar Mathews; the sister of Noeleen (the late Martin) O’Flaherty, the late Lilian (the late Roy) Benson, the late Joan (the late Alex) Staerck, and the late William (the late Eileen) McLoughlin; and the aunt of many nieces and nephews.

There will be a memorial service at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to Building Blocks Preschool (c/o St. Paul’s Parish in Riverside) or to the North Riverside Public Library would be greatly appreciated.