Joyce Dobson Matthews was born June 7, 1933 in East New Market, Maryland to the late Marie Farrare-Dobson and John Wesley Dobson. She departed this life on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 in Annapolis, Maryland at the age of 85.
Joyce was raised on Rail Road Hill, near Hurlock, Maryland with sisters, Genevra, Jackie, and Helen and first cousin Gloria, who was raised as a sister.
Joyce was educated in Dorchester County Public Schools, and in 1950, she graduated from Frederick Douglass St. Clair High School in Cambridge, Maryland. In August 1960, Joyce was hired as the first African-American Welfare Case Worker on Maryland's Eastern Shore in Cambridge, Maryland. Prior to achieving this milestone, she received her bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Psychology from Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina. In 1974, Joyce earned her master’s Degree in Social Work from Temple University in Philadelphia Pennsylvania.
In earlier years, Joyce worked in a day nursery in Camden, New Jersey, as well as, teaching a year at Maces Lane High School in Cambridge, Maryland. Joyce also worked as a Case Worker in Prince George’s County Welfare Department and retired as a Social Worker with Prince George’s County Health Department.
Joyce was a faithful member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Annapolis, Maryland until her health began to limit her mobility. Joyce was a member of the United Methodist Women’s Organization, Bennett College Alumni Association, the NAACP, the United Negro College Fund and was a Charter Member of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. She passionately loved the Lord, parenting, and spending time with her grandchildren. Some of her hobbies were cooking, gardening, reading and baking pound cake.
Joyce leaves to cherish her memory her husband Charles Earl Matthews of Annapolis, Maryland; two sons, Michael Leroy Kane of Burtonsville, Maryland and John Hamlin Kane (Kember) of Glenn Dale, Maryland, three bonus sons, Jim Middleton (Cyndi) of Orlando, Florida, Robert Earl Jones of Miami, Florida and Terry Matthews (Lynne) of Windsor Mill, Maryland. One daughter, Allison Marietta Kane-Sutton of Atlanta, Georgia, one bonus daughter, Penny Ericsen (Terry) of Annapolis, Maryland. Five grandchildren, Brandon Kane (Ashley) of Clinton, Maryland, Michaela, Cameron, and Jacob Kane all of Glenn Dale, Maryland and Addison Sarah-Joyce Sutton of Atlanta, Georgia. One great-grandson, Brandon Kane Jr. of Clinton, Maryland. One sister, Helen L. Dockins of Cambridge, Maryland. Nephews, Keith Dockins (Donzella), Dante Sampson, Daniel Sampson III (Ingrid), and Glenn Sampson. Nieces, Kim Montgomery (Allen), Angela Collins (Thomas) and Celeste Sampson, Gloria Farrare, Genevra Arrington (James), Joan Brooks, (Albert), and Shirl Jenkins (Cornell).
In addition to her parents Joyce was preceded in death by four sisters, Genevra F. Sampson, Gloria F. Harris, Barbara L. Dobson, and Jacqueline E. Dobson. Joyce was deeply loved and appreciated. She will be missed by a host of other relatives, her church family, and many friends.