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Shirley Elizabeth Matthews, 78, of St. Leonard died Jan. 18, 2013, at Burnett-Calvert Hospice House in Prince Frederick.
She was born Dec. 23, 1934, in Baltimore to the late William and Hazel Murray.
She was raised in Ferndale and attended Bates High School. She married the late Preston G. Matthews in 1952 and they had five children. She enjoyed attending church at Calvert County Baptist Church, where she was an usher and participated when she could with the monthly food drive. She also loved shopping and fashion, and crafts was one of her favorite hobbies. She also enjoyed volunteering at the Calvert Pines Senior Center where she made floral arrangements and was on the board of directors, serving as secretary. She was employed by Westinghouse until her retirement in 1995. One of her greatest gifts was her compassion for others. She touched lives everywhere she went, whether it was lending an ear or offering assistance when she recognized someone was in need. She often inspired and motivated others.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Preston Gaither Matthews; and son, Preston Alonzo Matthews.
She is survived by her loving daughters, Pamela S. Cole, Donna C. Owens and her husband, Larry, Terry L. Scott and her husband, Keith, and Lisa Y. Walker; grandchildren, Darren D. Lambert, Stacey Matthews, Omar J. Scott, Travis A. Matthews, Brandon P. Matthews, Allegra T. Scott, Aunye B. Boone and Remington D. Walker; great-grandchildren, Devin D. Lambert, Treyvon Matthews, Alante Matthews, Karisma A. Lambert, Daejah Matthews and David Matthews; brother, Elmer “Teddy” Murray; sisters-in-law, Mabel Lake Murray and Mabel Matthews, brothers-in-law, James and Roger Matthews; uncle, Donald Peterson; aunt, Margaret Murray; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral service was held Jan. 28 at St. Mark United Methodist Church in Hanover, with the Rev. Darryl L. Godlock officiating.
Interment was at St. Rest Cemetery in Hanover.
Pallbearers were Darren Lambert, Omar Scott, Travis Matthews, Brandon Matthews, Brian Powell and Craig Powell.
Honorary pallbearer was Remington Walker.
Arrangements were provided by Sewell Funeral Home in Prince Frederick.