Dorethea Ann Matthews was born on September 9, 1953 to the late Louis Rogers, Sr. and Mary Riley. She departed this life at Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, Virginia on May 21, 2020.
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Dorethea, affectionately known as â€śDoe,â€ť received her education in the Accomack County Public School system. She worked at the Veteranâ€™s Memorial Home in Vineland, New Jersey for over twenty years, as a head cook. Later, she transferred to the Childrenâ€™s Residential Center, also in Vineland, New Jersey. She worked there until her health began to fail, resulting in her retirement; thus, she decided to return to Virginia.
Doe was a mom to all; at a young age, she helped raise her siblings, while her mother worked. She also adopted her niece, Tycole, and raised her three grandchildren, Daâ€™Ron, Dionja, and Zâ€™Core. She didnâ€™t hesitate to watch anyoneâ€™s kids. If your child was ever in her presence, she was sure to give them a beautiful experience and a life full of adventures. Doe stayed on the go. If she wasnâ€™t out shopping for designer labels, she was traveling, visiting the casino, or home cooking a â€śfinger-lickingâ€ť meal, that everyone loved.
Dorethea was a perfect example of following your passion; she loved everything she did and it showed.
Dorethea was preceded in death her husband, Harry Thomas Matthews, Jr. and her parents.
She leaves to cherish her memories: two daughters, Vivian Drummond of Onancock, VA and Tycole Banks of Exmore, VA; three grandsons, Daâ€™Ron (Dykeya) Newman, Zâ€™Core Drummond, both of Onancock, VA, and Kenryan Banks of Exmore, VA; four granddaughters, Dionja Drummond of Onancock, VA, Kenya Banks, Iliah Banks, and Imani Banks, all of Exmore, VA; three great-grandchildren, Daâ€™Niya, Daâ€™Jhan, and Tristian; two sisters, Deshirley Riley of Withams, VA and Doris (Thomas) Neal of Salisbury, MD; seven brothers, Danny (Ernestine) Rogers of Glassboro, NJ, Louis (Wanda) Rogers of Bronx, NY, Anthony Hakim (Beverly) Rogers, Paul Rogers, both of Brooklyn, NY, Elvis (Agatha) Drummond of Vineland, NJ, James Lee Drummond of Onancock, VA, and Sherwood (Barbara) Riley of Onancock, VA; special friends, Noah and Debra Matthews; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.