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Who Was Willie Nelson’s Ex-Wife Martha Matthews?

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Willie Nelson is an 88-year-old American musician, actor, author, and activist who has won several great accolades and an activist for the legalization of marijuana and the use of biofuels. Willie Nelson has been active in the media scenes for over six decades.

Willie Nelson married Martha Matthews​ in 1952 and divorced in 1962, Shirley Collie ​in 1963 and divorced in 1971, Connie Koepke in 1971 and divorced in 1988 before meeting Annie D’Angelo, the woman he calls the love of his life.

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Who Was Willie Nelson’s Ex-Wife Martha Matthews?

Martha Mathews.
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Nelson had three children: Lana, Susie, and Willie “Billy” Hugh, Jr.  Unfortunately, the latter killed himself in 1991.  Martha is best known as the first wife of the great man.

Unfortunately, the promising marriage was marked by violence, with Matthews assaulting Nelson several times. There was a time when Martha sewed him up in bedsheets and beat him with a broomstick.

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