Peacefully at St. Joseph’s Hospice on Saturday, November 1, 2014, Maria Matos passed away on her 91st birthday surrounded by her loving family. Maria is survived by her caring daughter, Emily Alves, and her son-in-law Joe Alves; her grandchildren, George Alves (Elizabeth Archer) and Liz Dennis (Jim Walker); her great-grandchildren, Brandon and Jamie Alves, and Chantal and Bianca Dennis. Maria is predeceased by her husband Antonio Guimaro de Matos. She will be missed dearly by her sister and brother in Portugal along with her Portuguese family and friends. Maria will be remembered as a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and a faithful friend to those fortunate enough to know her. Maria’s family would like to extend a heart-felt thank you to the staff and volunteers at St. Joseph’s Hospice for their exceptional care.

Family and friends will be received at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. A funeral mass will be held at St. Benedict’s Roman Catholic Church, 1011 Oak Ave., Sarnia, on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. The interment will follow in Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery.

Sympathy may be expressed through donations to St. Joseph’s Hospice (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at

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