October 23, 2018

Mrs. Mattie Edmondson

Mrs. Mattie Edmondson age 90 was called home to be with the Lord on Sunday, May 31, 2015 at NMS Healthcare in Hyattsville, Maryland, after a brief illness.

Mattie Mae Rowland was born on March 16, 1925, the youngest of three children born to the late Oda and Howard Rowland, in Glenn (Heard County) Georgia.

Mattie joined State Line Baptist Church, Glenn, Georgia where her father was a deacon and was baptized at an early age. She was an active member of State Line.

Mattie was educated in the Heard County school system, where she participated in school plays. It was during one of these plays that her future husband, Roy B. Edmondson, saw her on stage and proclaimed her to be his wife.

Mattie and Roy did not meet until five years later. They were married six years later on December 28, 1948 in Atlanta, Georgia. The young couple made their home in Atlanta, Georgia and relocated to Arlington, Virginia in 1953.

After 21 years of marriage their union produced one daughter, Sheila.

Mattie and Roy joined and were faithful members of Mt. Airy Baptist Church and later were founding members of New Prospect Praise and Worship Center.

Prior to becoming a devoted stay at home mother, Mattie held positions as nanny, then as a receptionist for an interior design firm in Old Town, Alexandria, Virginia.

In 1982 Mattie learned to drive and returned to the workforce as a certified home health aide caring for Arlington County, Virginia until her retirement in 2004. Mattie was well loved and made many lifelong friends in Arlington, Virginia.

After retirement, she and her beloved Roy returned to Georgia and made their home in LaGrange, Georgia. She enjoyed rekindling old friendships and attending church services at Bethlehem Baptist Church where she joined the Mother’s Board.

In December 2011 following her husband’s home going, Mattie moved to Brentwood, Maryland with her daughter and granddaughter Maia Gabrielle. Once in Maryland, Mattie rejoined her New Prospect church family and also enjoyed visiting other churches with her family.

Mattie was a loving and devoted mother to Sheila and grandmother to the joy of her life, Maia. She also enjoyed going out to dinner with family and friends, casino trips, watching her stories, discussing each episode and then predicting what Victor was going to do next.

Everyone who met her loved her youthful spirit, sense of humor, beautiful hat collection, kind heart and the bright always ready smile.

During her short time in Maryland, Mattie acquired many surrogate grandchildren and was affectionately called Grandma Mattie.

Mattie, Sheila and Maia were always on the go until her health began to fail in 2013. She faced her health challenges with faith, courage and always with a smile.

She leaves to cherish her memories, one daughter, Sheila M. Edmondson; and one granddaughter, Maia Gabrielle Edmondson-Campbell both of Brentwood, MD; one goddaughter, Grace Delores Ellerbe (Richard) of Upper Marlboro, MD; one sister-in-law, Arizona Edmondson, LaGrange, GA; cousins, many beloved nieces and nephews; very special friends Mrs. Cora Hill, Washington, D.C., Mrs. Catherine Broome, LaGrange, GA, Mrs. Louise Burton, Princeton, WV, Ms. Joyce Hicks, Herndon, VA and Ms. Jamila Williams, Arlington, VA, as well as other treasured relatives and friends.

In addition to her beloved husband Roy and her parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings John, Odessa, O.D. and Bill.

The Celebration of Life Service will be Saturday at 12:00 PM at Bethlehem Baptist Church, West Point. Dr. W. T. Edmondson will officiate. Burial will follow at Southview Cemetery.

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