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Sandra Maria Matthews, 57, Fort Washington

Sandra Maria “Cookie” Matthews, 57, of Fort Washington died Feb. 17, 2013.

Born Nov. 16, 1955, in Pisgah, she was the daughter of the late Lillian and the late Albert Matthews.

She was educated in Charles County, first at St. Mary, Star of the Sea School and then at Henry E. Lackey High School. After high school she attended the University of Maryland Baltimore County where she majored in geography, which led to her job as a cartographer at the National Geography Intelligence Agency. It was at this agency where she met her fiance, Ken Sears. While at UMBC, she became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and later became a charter member of the Nu Zeta Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority in Waldorf. She was a member of a huge family and she loved hosting family functions. She loved giving dinner parties, organizing family reunions, and enjoyed giving her annual Christmas morning breakfast. She loved to cook and was well known for her queen style potato salad. She was a loving, gentle, warm and giving person. She devoted a great deal of her time and energy to the young people in the family especially her goddaughter, Theresa Goosby and godsons, Louis Chesley Jr. and his wife Junie, Myron Gibson, Jaren Hagler and others.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Dorothy Hankins, Thelma Matthews, Laurette Smith; brother, Harold Matthews; and nephews, Ronald Smith and Mark Hankins.She is survived by her sister, Florine Matthews; brothers, William “Sonny” Matthews and Louis Hankins; many nieces, nephews, cousins, great-nieces and nephews; fiance, Ken Sears; and other relatives.

Visitation was held Feb. 26 at Thornton Funeral Home, Pomonkey and will be held from 9 a.m. until time of Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Feb. 27 at St. Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church, Indian Head.