God saw fit to call his Angel, Mattie Reeves Borders, home on July 16, 2018. Six weeks shy of her 106th birthday she ended her legacy here on this side. Borders was born Aug. 26, 1912, in Calvert, TX, to the parentage of Mr. and Mrs. Ashton Harvey Reeves. Mrs. Borders moved to Ellis County in 1918.
Mrs.Borders known to many as “Aunt Mattie or Miss Mattie" was an educator in Ellis County, teaching in Waxahachie, Ferris, Midlothian, and Maypearl ISDs. After she retired from teaching, Mrs. Borders continued as a substitute teacher in WISD for an additional 15 to 20 years. After giving up her teaching career, Mrs. Borders founded the West Ellis County Emergency Services — known today as Waxahachie Care — to help the “working poor.”
Mrs. Borders’ schooling included Oaklawn; Paul Quinn College, University of Texas and East Texas at Commerce. She was also a licensed funeral director for over 50 years, a member of the Samaria Baptist Church. Mrs. Borders also served as church secretary for over 50 years.
Throughout the years Mrs. Borders received many awards and accomplishments for being a person who helped everyone. She was recognized an Outstanding Citizen in 1976, Citizen for Progress in 1982, Community Appreciation in 1989. She served on the United Way of West Ellis County board for 17 years and was a Citizens Board Member for 20 years. She was a Hometown Hero in 1990 and crowned First Lady of Waxahachie in 1991. In 2016, Miss Mattie was inducted into the first class of the Ellis County African American Hall of Fame, and crowned inaugural Fourth of July Queen at the Waxahachie Senior Activity Center. Over the past few years, she had been recognized as the Oldest Living Cancer Survivor in attendance at the Pink Ribbons and Hearts luncheon. In May of this year, Mrs. Borders was presented the President’s Award at the 2018 Paul Quinn Commencement Service for being the oldest living graduate and a graduate of 1951.
Mrs. Borders was proceeded in death by her parents and several siblings. She leaves to mourn her adopted daughter Robbie Frazier, granddaughters Shaunta, Emily and Matelyn Frazier and grandson Chauncey Cox, eight great-grandchildren, a sister Evelyn Traylor (Otis) a brother James Reeves. Two very special nieces Madelyn Traylor and Marilyn Traylor Russell (Darrell), other nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
Everyone was special to Miss Mattie, she considered Alene Thomas, Margaret Hunt Snell, Larry Riggs, Samuel Harnsberry and Rosie Cash very special friends also. She will be remembered and missed by many some of which never got a chance to meet her personally.
Visitation for Mrs. Borders will be held at the Jackson’s Community Funeral Home Waxahachie, TX on Friday, July 20, 2018, from 2 — 6 p.m. A wake/family hour will be held there from 7—8 p.m. following visitation. Her Legacy Celebration will be held at the Samaria Baptist Church Waxahachie, TX on Saturday, July 21, 2017, at 11 a.m.