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Elizabeth "Wooz" Matthews

Wooz 1936-2017

Elizabeth "Wooz" Matthews was 10 years old when her family purchased what was to become Thistle Hill Farm in the foothills of Virginia's Blue Ridge.

Seventy-years later, she died on her beloved farm....surrounded by her family, her dogs and, on a nearby pasture, her Devon cattle.

Wooz died as she lived, with grace and dignity. Her love of Devon cattle and dedicated work had made her a champion of the breed, both in the United States and in England.

When she welcomed her first Devon to Thistle Hill in 2004, they were considered to be close to an endangered species. She lived to see Devon accepted across the country as the premier grass fed cow.

Her last days were comforted by watching a video loop of the beautiful Devon herd she had created.














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