Deirdre M. ‘Deedee’ Mathews, 82

Deirdre M. “Deedee” Mathews, 82, of Bethany Beach, Del., formerly of Arlington, Va., passed away on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in New York, N.Y., on Aug 31, 1937, daughter of the late David Komuro and the late Eileen (McKenna) Komuro.

After moving to Bethany Beach in 1990, she began working as a sacristan at St. Ann’s Catholic Church for several years.

Mathews was a talented modern dancer prior to marrying and becoming a mother. She was an avid reader, a member of the Secular Franciscan Order and a faithful member of St. Ann Catholic Church in Bethany Beach. She loved cooking, feeding her large family and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mathews is survived by her loving husband of 63 years, Richard L. Mathews; eight children, Christopher Mathews and his wife, Porfi, Jonathan Mathews and his wife, Irene, Thomas Mathews and his wife, Myung, Beth Stevens and her husband, Richard, Anna Marie Nelson and her husband, Trippy, Angela Niezgoda and her husband, Steve, Peter Mathews and Michael Mathews; her sister, Dara Flanagan and her husband, Bob; sisters-in-law, Mary Schaible, Helen Delaney, and Peggy Maines and her husband, Joe; 20 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and many, many cousins, nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was to be held Nov. 29, 2019, at St. Ann Catholic Church, Bethany Beach, Del., followed by interment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Dagsboro, Del. Condolences may be sent online at