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Katherine H. Matthews, 93, a 55 year resident of Edgewater, died December 2, peacefully at her home after battling Alzheimer's disease.
Born in Albemarle NC to William W. and Addie Iola Morris Hatley on July 14, 1919, Mrs. Matthews graduated from Albemarle High School in 1937. During World War II she worked at Bell Aircraft in Marietta, Ga. and at Kanoy Machine Shop in Charlotte, NC as a lathe operator specializing in parts for the B-52 bomber. She retired in 1983 from the Edgewater Post Office after 15 years delivering mail in Edgewater area. She was a 28 year survivor of breast cancer. Her hobbies included hand quilting, gardening, collecting plates, Santa Clauses and Easter Eggs. She was a long time member of Mayo United Methodist Church where she served on numerous committees and was the coordinator of the Mayo United Methodist Quilt Club (MUM Quilters).
Mrs. Matthews was preceded in death by her husband, William H. Matthews, who died in 1989; and by three siblings, Blanch Ridenhour, John E. and Robert Hatley.
She is survived by three children, Barbara and her husband Erich Schnoor, Phillip and his wife Gail Matthews and Ben Matthews; five grandchildren, Sonya M. Golden, and Jessica and Elizabeth Matthews, Scott and Tim Woodruff; nine great-grandchildren, Joey, London, Jasmine, Jackson, Tyler, Hailey, Ella, Cooper and Sadie; and niece and nephew, Lillian and T.J. Overbay.
A celebration of Katherine's life will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., Friday, at the George P. Kalas Funeral Home, 2973 Solomons Island Rd., Edgewater and from 10 a.m. until her funeral service begins at 11 a.m., Saturday, December 8, at Mayo United Methodist Church, 1005 Old Turkey Point Rd., Edgewater. MD. 21037. Interment Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Annapolis.
The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Mayo United Methodist Church at the above address or to the AAMC Breast Cancer Center, 2001 Medical Parkway, Sajak Pavillion, #550, Annapolis, MD, 21401 in honor of her daughter Barbara and all who have had this disease.
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George P. Kalas Funeral Home, P.A.
2973 Solomons Island Road Edgewater, MD 21037
Published in The Capital on Dec. 5, 2012