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Official Obituary of

Margaret A. Matthews

August 27, 1935 ~ February 24, 2024 (age 88) 88 Years Old

Margaret Matthews Obituary

KINGSTON - Margaret Ann "Judy" Matthews passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 24, 2024 at the age of 88. She was born to Margaret and Joseph Edgar "Ed" Matthews on August 27, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York.  

Known as "Miss Matthews" to her students, Judy dedicated over four decades of her life to nurturing young minds in kindergarten classrooms in Port Ewen and Lake Katrine. Her passion for teaching left an indelible mark on the countless children whose lives she touched. To this day she is remembered by students who will inform the family of their time spent in her classroom.

Judy was a proud alumna of Kingston High School and SUNY New Paltz, where she cultivated her love for learning. Judy will be remembered for her unwavering dedication to education, her passion for the arts, and her appreciation for the natural world.

Beyond her career in education, her life was filled with diverse interests and hobbies. Judy had a talent for various artistic endeavors including painting and drawing. She could be heard playing the piano, harmonizing with the Women's Barbershop Chorus, and listening to the music and singing at the Trinity Episcopal Church, all of which demonstrated her love of music. On the athletic side she found joy in biking, roller skating, and swimming. These were activities she cherished from her youth and remained a constant source of joy throughout her life. Other moments that she treasured were her times spent at Cranberry Lake, finding solace amidst nature's beauty.

As a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Judy was able to embrace a sense of community and form enriching friendships.

Judy was preceded in death by her parents, Edgar and Margaret Matthews, her sister Linda Dawn Matthews, and her brother-in-law Martin Peterson. She is survived by her sister Kris Peterson, her brother Ed Matthews, his wife, and numerous nieces and nephews.

​Visitation will be held Thursday, February 29, 2024 from 4:00-6:00 PM at the Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home, Inc. Cor. of John & Lafayette Sts., Saugerties.  Her graveside burial will take place on Tuesday, March 12, 2024 at 12 noon in the Wiltwyck Cemetery, Kingston, NY.   Family suggests donations in her memory be made to the Saugerties Animal Shelter, Rte. 212, Saugerties.  Expressions of condolence may be shared with the family on her Tribute Wall at





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February 29, 2024

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home Inc.
45 John St.
Saugerties, NY 12477

Graveside Service
March 12, 2024

12:00 PM


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