Marilyn Elizabeth Matthews, daughter of Mrs. Carrie Lou Matthews, and the late Mr. John W. Matthews Sr., was born on January 6, 1955 in Baltimore, Maryland. She was called to God’s Kingdom on September 21, 2020 after a lengthy illness.
Marilyn a.k.a Marl Girl, received her education from Baltimore City Public School Systems, and later received several certifications as a Certified Nursing Assistant and Early Childcare from Baltimore City Community College. She always had a caring heart, Marilyn worked for many years at the Rutland Childcare Center, as a head start teacher. She also, worked at Church Homes Hospital and St. Joseph Medical Center for over fifteen years. Marilyn was a strong minded, dedicated worker who always had a smile that would brighten up your day.
Marilyn “Queen Elizabeth” was what some called her because of her extravagant style of dress. She loved her full-length mink coats and long boots. Marl Girl loved to look fabulous everywhere she went, she loved to get all dolled up, and walk out never leaving behind her purse. “Queen Elizabeth”, was a force to be reckon with, she would always tell you straight like it was, not having a filter and would say things like “bae you know what I mean and…..right”. If you knew her you know what that blank represents! She enjoyed cooking and hosting family gatherings at her house on Sunday’s. She was a great soul food cooker; she loved to bake roasts and make her famous pineapple upside cakes. Her happiest times was when she gathered her family and close friends at her home for long talks about their younger days. Marl Girl always shared memories and stories about how life should be.
Marilyn had a true love for cats. “Cat woman”, was what her sisters called her at times. She would feed the cats from the neighborhoods she once lived in. She would not allow no one to neglect or mistreat her beloved cats named “Cat” and “Goldie”. She cherished their well beings and made them as much comfortable in her home. Marilyn was the Matriarch of her family, she set high standards, and stood by her word. Many would always come to her for advice and wisdom about life challenges. Marl Girl had an open “heart policy” about life meaning she was a firm believer that what goes around, come back around. She loved to live her life and have no regrets. She also, loved to laugh, party, and mix up concoctions, while listening to her old school music down in her Juke Joint. Marilyn aka “Queen Elizabeth”, “Marl Girl”, left a lasting mark on how women should be treated, and many memories to share. Marilyn was a great woman of character and had a given heart of gold. She had the most effortless spirit about life.
Preceding Marilyn in death are her son Darnell Gray, three sisters Carol, Sherrill, Melody Matthews, three brothers Theodore, Michael and Darryl Matthews.
She leaves to carry her legacy: two sons Lance Matthews Sr, Bryant Matthews Sr, husband Andre Miles. Her mother Carrie Matthews, three sisters Barbara, Gloria, Kathleen Matthews, one brother John Matthews Sr. Nine grandchildren: Lance Matthews Jr, Kechia Matthews, Deja Matthews, Amber Gray, Aaliyah Gray, Dennis Shelton, Bryant Matthews Jr, Brielle Matthews, Nasir Matthews. Four great grandkids: Aubree Gray, Laila McGlotten, Ashton Brown, Logan Jones. Two best friends Rosemary Hilton and Kathy, and a host of nieces, nephews, and close relatives and friends.
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