Rams fan celebrates 90th birthday

Rams fan celebrates 90th birthday
May 24
11:59 2017

Marie A. Matthews celebrated her 90th birthday on May 15.  To honor the occasion, a floating reception was held on May 13 at the Winston-Salem Hotel and Spa.  Over 200 guests attended. The evening was filled with laughter, music, and good food.   

From humble beginnings in Anson County to extraordinary accomplishments in Forsyth County, Mrs. Matthews is the essence of a life well lived, the family said in a news release. “She is a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend.  As a servant of God she has shown compassion, patience, acceptance, and encouragement to countless people over the years,” the release said. 

Mrs. Matthews attends Goler Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church and has been a member for more than 50 years.  She gives to the community by volunteering, organizing, leading, advocating, and fundraising for a variety of efforts, especially Winston-Salem State University (WSSU). 

Mrs. Matthews graduated in 1948 from WSSU (then Winston-Salem Teachers’ College); she continues to be an avid WSSU Rams fan.  She holds WSSU season tickets for football and basketball and attends softball, baseball, volleyball, and any other WSSU games.  “She is the loudest cheerleader,” the release said. 

Mrs. Matthews retired from the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools system with a career span of over 40 years in the classroom.   “She is one of a few heroes in my life; I along with all of your grandchildren wish you a very Happy Birthday,” the release said.

This article was submitted by Jameelah El-Amin.

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