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Julia O. MatthewsDecember 10, 1925 ~ June 25, 2017 (age 91)
Julia Orean Dew-Matthews was born on December 10, 1925 to
the late Mattie Dew and Joseph Dew in Elm City, North Carolina.
As a young child she was under the care and guidance of her
grandmother, who was a former slave. As an adult, Julia relocated
to Baltimore, Maryland. She was employed at Bugle Laundry.
There she met and married the love of her life John Leonard
Matthews, Sr. (Yolk). From this union eight children were born.
During her formative years of her children Julia remained devoted
and a loving homemaker, making education and religion a priority.
Once her children were of age and pursued their lives
independently, she began to embark on her own journey.
In 1955, Julia converted to Catholicism. She was a devoted
member at St. Frances Xavier Catholic Church. She was an active
member of Sodality of Blessed Virgin Mary, Martin De Porres
Society, The Catholic Daughters of Americas and the Knights of
St. Peter Claver at St. Edwards.
Julia was a community activist. She was a strong advocate for
fighting for social justice and equality within her community. Julia
was the president of Douglass Homes Tenant Council. She
incorporated the “Say No to Drugs” campaign in the Douglass
Home Community. She was widely known as “The Mayor of East
Baltimore” and the 19th member of the city council. Julia was very
vocal and instrumental in participating in city council proceedings.
She was known in City Hall as a fighter and lobbied for jobs and
community programs. She was also on the Board of Directors for
the Dawson Center. Julia served thirty-two years on the School
Board for St. James and John, St. Katherine and St. Wenceslas
Catholic Schools and was a founding member of the B.U.I.L.D
Among her hobbies, Julia enjoyed traveling. She traveled to many
parts of the world. Julia was a social butterfly. She enjoyed talking
on the phone for hours and she had a memory compatible to
google. Family time was very precious to her and Julia enjoyed
Julia is proceeded in death by her husband, John Leonard
Matthews, Sr.; children,Greta Coleman and Marvin Matthews, Sr.;
grandson, Jeryl Singletary, Jr.; great grandson, Tevin Williams;
son in-laws. Arthur Williams and Gary Coleman, Sr.; sister, Maggie
Walston and brother John Dew, Sr.
Julia leaves to cherish her memories her children, Theodore Dew,
Patricia Williams, Wanda (Larry) Williams, John Matthew-Bey,
Theresa (Michael) Butler, Damon (Harriet) Matthews-Bey, Cecilia
(Tommy) Cozart; daughter in-law, Angela Matthews;
grandchildren, Monique Williams, Terry Dew, Gary Coleman, Jr.,
Shanita (Dwayne) Davis, Marvin Matthews, Jr.; Yulon Dew,
Theodore Dew, Jessica (Wendell) Williams, Raphael Dew, Kendra
Bumbray; Patricia Dew, Adia Matthews; Quinn Butler and Morgan
Butler; brother, Joseph Dew, Jr.; brother in-law, Levi Walston, Sr.;
27 great grandchildren, 3 great great grandchildren, a host of
nieces, nephews, cousins, godchildren, Carlita Lindsey and a host
of devoted friends.