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Mabel Maria (Knott) Mattingly, 87, of Abell died peacefully April 9, 2012, in Leonardtown.

Born Aug. 1, 1924, in Oakley, she was the daughter of the late Katie M. (Quade) Knott and John Louis Knott.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Ford Mattingly, whom she married April 23, 1944, in Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Bushwood. She was the mother of Thomas G. Mattingly, Joseph Ford Mattingly and Wanda Mattingly Norris. She was grandmother to Jennifer Suite, Tiffany Richards, Elisa Mattingly and Jacob Mattingly and great-grandmother to Brody and Gabriel Richards.

She was preceded in death by her siblings, Mary Elsie Lacey, Agnes Maude Howard, Joseph Ambrose Knott, Clarence Guy Knott, Walter Chester Knott and Arthur Louis Knott.

A lifelong St. Mary’s County resident, she graduated from Margaret Brent High School in 1942, and worked at Duke’s Restaurant before getting married. In later years, she worked as a nursing assistant at St. Mary’s Nursing Center and continued to assist the elderly with the office on aging. An active member of her church, Holy Angels, she was a member of the altar society and the sodality and she worked church dinners until her health failed.

She enjoyed cooking special meals for her family and friends, crabbing, crocheting, “Wheel of Fortune” and growing flowers.

The family will receive friends today, April 11, from 5 to 8 p.m., with prayers to be recited at 6:30 p.m. and Our Lady of Fatima’s sodality prayers to follow, at Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home in Leonardtown. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, April 12, at 10 a.m. at Holy Angels Catholic Church, with the Rev. Michael Tietjen officiating. Interment will follow at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Bushwood. Pallbearers will be Bernard McGill, Mike Huseman, Cheryl Knott, Bobby Suite, Chris Richards and Jacob Mattingly. Honorary pallbearer will be Betty Jean Cusic.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Seventh District Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 7, Avenue, MD 20609.