Matilda Burford Clements graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in English from Southern Methodist University. While at SMU, she was Editor of the Rotunda Yearbook and a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority. Raised in Ft. Worth, Texas, Matilda was born into a literary family with her father a professor and published poet, and mother a published author of 6 novels. Matilda married her college sweetheart, Ed Clements, a lifelong resident of Oklahoma City and President of the 3rd generation Oklahoma family business, Clements Foods Company. Following graduation and marriage, she moved to Oklahoma City 34 years ago, where she cultivated her professional retail career as the proprietor of a very successful specialty gift shop, The Blue Goose. Following retirement as a “brick and mortar” shop owner, Matilda currently keeps her retail and creative skills sharp with her in-home custom printing and party planning business, “Take It Personally.”
Matilda has been a member of the Junior League of OKC for 30 years, and 24 of which were enjoyed as an Active member. She credits every aspect of her passion for voluntarism in the community to her experiences and training from the Junior League. Serving in a variety of leadership positions on committees and councils, Membership Vice President for the Board of Directors in 2004-05 under the extraordinary leadership of President, Ann-Clore Duncan, Chairman of READ, Placement, and PAT, just to name a few, and countless placements throughout her “League career” afforded her the opportunity to build strengths and skills that have translated into all aspects of her civic engagement and equally important treasured friendships. As a Sustainer, Matilda has enjoyed staying engaged and serving the League as Transfer Co-chair, Legacy & Legends Co-chair, Mistletoe Market Hospitality, working on the archives and scrapbooks to preserve the legacy and history of the Junior League, the 90th Anniversary Entertainment Book, and currently a Coordinator for the expansion and renovation project of the Jungle Gym at the Oklahoma City Zoo.
Matilda has been involved in numerous civic and charitable activities in Oklahoma City, including serving as President of the Rainbow Fleet Childcare Resource and Referral Board of Directors in 2012 and continued Board commitment and service for 11 years; 5 years on the Neighborhood Services Board of Directors; a member of Impact Oklahoma and fundraising chairman for their signature events; named Impact Oklahoma’s 2017 Member of the Year; YWCA Board of Directors; All Souls’ Episcopal Church; The College of William & Mary Parents Steering Committee; Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma; Juliette Low Leadership Society; Casady School Parents Organization Chairman of the Primary Division, Chairman and Manager of the Casady Cupboard for 8 years, and 5 years as Chairman of the Casady Concessions; The Festival of the Arts Day Chairman for balloons, drink tents, and Mustard’s Last Stand; and many years with the Children’s Hospital of Oklahoma Volunteer Auxiliary, of which she served as President. Matilda’s tenured involvement with Children’s Hospital was a direct result from one of her first Junior League placements in the playrooms and performing with the much beloved “Hospital Puppets.”
Matilda lives in Oklahoma City (Nichols Hills) with her husband, Ed. They have two adult children, Caitlin (29), who lives in New York City and works as a Theatrical Broadway Producer for Stacey Mindich Productions, and is the Co-producer of the 2017 Tony Award Winning Musical, Dear Evan Hansen; and Bryant (26), who lives in Los Angeles, working in the entertainment industry and is currently in talent acquisition for DreamWorks Animation. When not working on projects and fundraisers, Matilda is an avid cinephile, lover of kitties, especially her black cat Earnest, enjoys traveling to both coasts to visit her children and Grandpup Gatsby, and any activities that include being with family and friends. Her favorite word is festive in memory of her late mother, who instilled in her a love for life’s celebrations, compassion for all creatures great and small, and service to others living by the Golden Rule. Her sorority motto “We Live for Each Other” is a daily guide in her life. To receive the Mary Baker Rumsey Award, is humbling and her greatest honor for service to others and for which she is very grateful to be in the company of esteemed women she admires greatly.