Sonia "Sunny" Matson, 79, passed away peacefully on April 5, 2013. A memorial service will be on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 1:00 P.M at Lighthouse for Christ Church, 1247 Center Street, Holly Hill, FL. Sonia was born in Benenden-Kent, England in 1933. She moved to the United States in 1960 and relocated to Ponce Inlet, Florida in 1969. She also lived in Port Orange, Ormond-by-the-Sea, and the Summer Trees community. Sonia loved all animals but especially her cats, Bugsy, Minnie, Kitty Kat, Cow, and Baby. She loved to garden and she was known for her ability to revive the weakest of plants. Aside from having a "green thumb", Sonia enjoyed singing Christian music. Most of all, she loved her family and there is nothing she would not do for them. Sonia was a member of Silver Sneakers at the YMCA and she was a faithful attendant to Lighthouse Church of Holly Hill. Those left to cherish her memory are her children, Jackie Underwood, Carrie (Mark) Kalenda, Cathy (Rob Graham) Vlad, John (Jill) Hockin; grandchildren, Jennifer (Pat) Davenport, Jonathan Kalenda, Kimberly Kalenda, Trevor Riehs, Ashley Riehs, Michelle Kalenda, Amanda Vlad, J.T. Hockin, Jacob Hockin, Dylan Graham, Natalie Graham, and Mitchell Graham. Arrangements are under the careful direction Lohman Funeral Home Daytona. Condolences can be shared with the family at http://www.lohmanfuneralhomes.com/. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Sonia Matson, to Journey's End Animal Sanctuary, PO Box 220163, Glenwood, FL 32722-0163. http://www.journeysendsanctuary.org/ 386-736-6396
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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on June 23, 2013