Prudence Boerner Mathews

Prudence Boerner Mathews passed from this life on March 24, 2024.

She was born in Baltimore Maryland in 1938 and moved to Front Royal, Virginia in 1946 when her parents divorced. Along with her mother and brother, she moved into the home of her maternal grandparents in a large home on North Royal Avenue, where she continued to live until her death — having acquired the homestead after her mother’s death.

Her grandfather, Roger Payne, was a prominent businessman who had been in the hotel business for many years, owning a hotel in several Virginia towns, the last of which was the Afton Inn Hotel in Front Royal. Moving toward retirement, he sold the hotel and purchased a large boarding house on Virginia Avenue. Further downsizing, he sold that property and acquired the home on North Royal Avenue which he ran as a Tourist Home, popular for visitors to the Shenandoah Valley. It was there that Prudie was exposed to visitors from all over the United States and Europe and reveled in learning about a great diversity of people and their cultures.

While attending Warren County High School, her administrative and organization talents were recognized and she was chosen by the school administration to maintain the attendance rolls and provide support for teachers in test administration. Also, while in high school, she worked in several local businesses in sales and inventory management. She attended Roller Business College, majoring in accounting.

She married in 1957 and had two daughters – the lights of her life. She began work in a local tax and accounting business which gave her the skills and resources to open her own business in 1968 which she successfully ran until she was 81, turning the business over to her granddaughter, Erica Doberer.

Prudie was far more than a business entrepreneur. She was a force of nature in the community using her talents in a vast array of community support activities: a volunteer at the Warren Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, going on to lead that organization as President of the Virginia Woman’s Hospital Auxiliary; a charter member of the Festival of Leaves, attracting  thousands of visitors to the area; a member and Chairman of the Warren County Welfare Board; the first woman deputy in the sheriff’s department; a Private Agent of the Division of Motor Vehicles; President of the March of Dimes; and a grass roots member of the committee that formed the Warren County Republican Party, enjoying close relationships with both Republican and Democrat congressmen and Governors.

Beset by medical challenges after her retirement, she demonstrated the same courage and determination that served her well all her life. Her resilience and sheer will power allowed her to bounce back from one adversity after another, forming a close personal relationship with her doctors and medical staff. She was always surrounded by a host of friends.

She is survived by her daughter, Lauren Fristoe (Larry); her stepson, Kendall Burke; her granddaughter, Erica Doberer (Chris); grandchildren, Seth Henry, Jaxsen Doberer, and Taylor Doberer; and nieces, Amanda Ternan (Doug) and Lisa Avila (Arturo). Also surviving is her brother, Roger Boerner (Elaine).

She was predeceased by her daughter, Kimberley Henry; her mother, Nell Payne Boerner; father, Laurence Hyer Boerner; and her sister-in-law, Carol Curle Boerner.

We would like to also extend our heartfelt thanks to Maureen Schofield and the staff from DaVita and Tri County Transport for everything they did for her.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday April 4 at 11:00 a.m. at Boggs Chapel with Pastor Sherry Waddell and Sammy Campbell officiating. Graveside service will follow in Prospect Hill Cemetery and family will receive friends immediately following at 412 North Royal Avenue.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, April 3 from 6-8 p.m. at Maddox Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Chris Doberer, Jaxsen Doberer, Larry Fristoe, Seth Henry, Jerry Henry and Dennis Burke.

Honorary pallbearers are Wes Burner, Donnie Walton, Jimmy Haffer, Donnie Atwood, Steve Llewelyn and Jeffery Henry.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Front Royal Credit Union/ Erica Doberer for the care of Kendall Burke.

  2 comments for “Prudence Boerner Mathews

  1. Jim and Sheri Johnson
    April 2, 2024 at 7:02 pm

    We are so sorry Lauren, Erica and family for your loss Prudie was such a joy to have chats with she will surely be missed. Keeping you all close to our hearts and in our thoughts and prayers.

  2. Sherry Glasscock
    April 3, 2024 at 3:33 pm

    Roger and Family,

    We were saddened to hear of Prudie’s passing and sorry we will not be able to attend her services. We’ve both been under the weather a bit this winter and are therefore avoiding crowds. We enjoyed knowing Prudie and appreciate her reunion efforts to keep everyone in touch. We hope life is treating you well.

    Tom Culver and Sherry Glasscock

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