Valerie May Matthews

Passed peacefully in her sleep on 19th June 2021, at the Alfred Hospital (Melbourne), aged 69 years.


Dearly loved wife of Peter Burge.


Loved daughter of Jim and Norma (both dec.); stepdaughter of Roy Mosman (dec.); loved sister to Alan (dec.), Carolyn (Russell) Williams, Gloria (dec.), Laurie (dec.) (Bernadette).


Side by side or miles apart. We were “soul sisters”, connected by the heart. Sleep Peacefully. Love Always, Carolyn and Russell.


Adored Mum to Peta, Dale (Emily), Joshua (Kate), Katie (Paul).


Loved and cherished “Gran” of 9 grandchildren: Jackson, Charlee & Bella Pring, Oliver & Zoey Hawkes, Jimmy & Florence Hawkes, Louis and William Garaway.


You were our everything and we will always “love you to the moon and back”. Lady Fabulous!

– Peta, Dale, Josh and Katie, partners and 9 “grandies”.


Beloved Aunty of Suzanne (Mark) Boswerger, Karen (Stephen) McLean, Judy-Ann (Steven) Quilliam, Rod (Marita) Williams, Tim Matthews, Chris (Stacey) Matthews. Great and Great Great Aunty to their extended families. Stepmother to Brett Burge, Sherie and Skye.


Also survived by many cherished friends and former spouse Dennis Hawkes.


In memory of Valerie, the family asks that if you are so moved, please register your details to become an Organ Donor at

“Time passes, love remains”


The funeral service for Valerie will be live streamed on Friday 25th June at 11am. Click here to view the livestream.



Funeral Notice

ServiceJune 25, 2021 - 11:00 amSturt Street Ballarat , VIC Venue: St Peter's Anglican Church

The funeral service for the late Valerie May Matthews will take place at St Peter’s Anglican Church, Sturt Street, Ballarat on FRIDAY (June 25, 2021) at 11.00 a.m. The funeral will leave at the conclusion of the service for the Ballarat Crematorium. In memory of Valerie, the family asks that if you are so moved, please register your details to become an Organ Donor at

  1. Condolences to Peter, Val’s children and extended family on the passing of Val, may the sadness you feel today be replaced with happy memories of this amazing Lady.
    A life well lived.

    Rosalie Pearson June 26, 2021
  2. Farewell my beautiful friend, Rest In Peace.

    Rosalie Pearson June 26, 2021
  3. Lovely memories of many happy times with Val. Special thoughts to Katie- remembering adventures at the beach with us and the fun times you and Cait shared.
    Deb McArdle

    Deb McArdle June 25, 2021
  4. Sincere condolences to everyone . Valerie was a true lady – she was always kind , a gentle lady who will be missed 🌺

    Leanne licastro June 25, 2021
  5. I only knew Val through my work place but we had many wonderful conversations about all kinds of subjects and I met some of her family members over the years including Peta, Suzanne and her children and Judy-Anne. A truly lovely person. RIP Val.
    Condolences to everyone of her family.
    Jenny Hynes

    Jennifer Hynes June 25, 2021
  6. Condolences Katie to you and your family on the sad loss of your mum Val. She was pleasure to work with
    Peter Barry & family

    Peter Barry June 25, 2021
  7. I’ll always have fond memories of our lunches with Val. A lovely lady who will be greatly missed.

    Robyn Stewart June 25, 2021
  8. Our sincere heartfelt sympathy on the sad loss of your beloved Val.
    David & June

    David Williams June 25, 2021
  9. Sending our heartfelt condolences to you Peter and family Peta, Dale, Josh, Katie and extended family. I pray for peace and comfort for you and your loved ones at this difficult time and offer our condolences to you all. Val’s beautiful gentle soul will always be in our hearts.
    Rest in Peace.
    Love to you all
    Justyne, Rod, Lavinia and Briley Male

    Justyne Male June 25, 2021
  10. Such devastating news. Still so young. Our love and deepest sympathy to both Peter and Val’s Family. Val was such a lovely person, whom will be fondly remembered as both a great neighbor and work colleague.

    Prue & Julian Allan June 24, 2021
  11. Rest in peace lovely lady. Time passes, memories remain.

    Fiona Elliott June 24, 2021
  12. Passing on sincere condolences to Peter and family, also to Carole Williams and family. Thinking of you at this very sad time. Julie& Clem Foster

    Julie Foster June 24, 2021
  13. Rest in Peace Val. It was nice to have known you. Another link in the chain of the Matthews family has been broken.
    Condolences and best wishes to all the family and apologies I can not be there on Friday

    Richard Matthews June 23, 2021
  14. Loved niece of Gladys & Len (Dec) Matthews, dear cousin of Vivienne, Rex, Hellen, Larrain, Belinda & families.
    Great childhood memories of times spent at Bullarook. Life causes us to drift apart only to pick up where we left off when we meet again.
    Rest in peace Val.xx

    Viv Hocking June 23, 2021
  15. A wonderful and valued work colleague and friend to Caius and Lara. Such a beautiful, classy, and elegant lady who enjoyed laughing and socializing with all.

    As Val said to Lara on many occasions, “Buy cheap, buy twice, so buy once and buy well”. So grateful that we dined together recently and reminisced. We will cherish our memories forever.

    Our condolences to Peter, Josh, Katie, Dale and family.


    Caius Ryan & Lara Ebery

    Caius Ryan June 23, 2021
  16. I am so saddened to hear of the passing of Val. She was an absolute treasure who I really enjoyed spending time with and whom always made me feel welcome.

    To Pete, Peta, Dale, Josh, Katie and extended families I pass on my deepest condolences in this difficult time. My thoughts are with you all.

    Joe Cronin June 23, 2021
  17. Memories of good times at St Thomas More. Craft days, Mothers Day celebrations, coffee and genuine friendship. A beautiful, stylish, gracious lady, always a friend and mother first and foremost. A precious piece of my life’s jigsaw is now missing but the memories will always be mine to keep. Special love to my beautiful Josh and Katie and to all your family xxxx

    Joy Burns

    joy burns June 23, 2021

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