Emma Lahoma Matsler was born to C.E. and Debera Moore in Hobart, Oklahoma on February 20, 1918. In 1929 her dad bought some farm land in Lamb County and the family moved to Amherst, Texas. Lahoma graduated from Amherst High School in 1936. She then enrolled in Lippert Business School in Plainview which became Draughon’s Business College.
Lahoma’s father bought her a meal ticket at the Quick Lunch Café where she met her future husband, Leonard Matsler. His job was washing dishes for 25 cents an hour. They married in 1938 and were happily married for 67 years at the time of Leonard’s death on November 25, 2005.
On pretty Sunday afternoons, Leonard and Lahoma would drive around small towns near Plainview. They were increasingly drawn to the pretty, clean town of Floydada. In the Fall of 1941, the opportunity came to purchase a café in downtown Floydada for $400. Leonard’s Café is the longest running food establishment in Floyd, 70 years! (Gary took over the café in 1977 and worked side by side with Leonard around 25 years)
Their eldest child, Gary, was born in 1942, followed by Mike in 1944, and Jill in 1946. All three children graduated from Floydada High School. In 1963-64 school term, the Matsler’s had an American Foreign Exchange Student in their home from Rome, Italy, Maria Antolini. Leonard and Lahoma traveled to Rome to visit with Maria’s family and parents.
Lahoma was a legal secretary for Sam Curry in Plainview for 3 years. In 1956, she was school secretary at Andrews Ward elementary, Floydada Junior High, and then became Floydada High School registrar at which she worked for 21 years, retiring in 1978.
Lahoma was a member of the First Baptist Church in Floydada. She was a Boy Scout Den Mother. Her hobbies were playing duplicate bridge in Plainview and Floydada. She was a great seamstress and enjoyed all kinds of handwork. Lahoma and Leonard loved ballroom dancing and would drive to Lubbock every Saturday night, until Leonard’s health issues in 1990.
In 2009, Lahoma moved to Shepherds Meadow assisted living community (now the Bee Hive), where she lived the last 8 years of her life. Her continual good attitude, sharp mind, and quick wit stayed with her until her death on May 6, 2017, at 99 years of age.
Survivors are two sons, Gary & wife Linda Matsler of Floydada, Mike & wife Lou Matsler of Seal Beach, CA, a daughter Jill Golden & late husband Larry of Aiken, foreign exchange student Maria Antolini of Rome Italy, eight grandchildren, Jeff and wife Michelle Matsler of Maryland, Mindy Vaughan of Lubbock, Kim Lockwood and husband Ken of San Clemente, CA, Jenny Koch and husband Kregg of Manhattan Beach, CA, Sean Matsler and wife Natalie of Newport Beach, CA, Colt Golden of Austin, TX, Chad and wife Jennifer of Highland Village, TX, Clay and wife Heather of Aiken, TX, and 18 great grandchildren.
Funeral Service will be 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at First Baptist Church with Dr. William Dean officiating. Interment to follow at the Floyd County Memorial Park in Floydada. Visitation will be 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at Moore-Rose Funeral Home of Floydada. Arrangements are under the personal care of Moore-Rose Funeral Home of Floydada.