Aldegunda Matos, 93, of Lawrence passed away suddenly and peacefully at Holy Family Hospital with her family at her bedside. Mrs. Matos was born and educated in Jauco Oriente, Cuba the daughter of the late Severino Guilarte and his wife Caridadsixta Duran. As a child and young woman she worked in the family farm with her father and after her marriage she worked at her family's business until 1959.
Mrs. Matos emigrated to United States in 1982 when she was reunited with her family here. She loved her children, grand children and great great grandchildren. She was the Matriarch of the family who hosted many dinners, gatherings, celebrations and holidays. Mrs. Matos was a member of the Spanish Free Methodist Church in Lawrence. She was a member of Oasis Day Adult Day Care in Lawrence and as US citizen she rarely missed an election. Mrs. Matos was elected as Delegate to the Massachusetts Republican Convention in 2018.
She was the widow of Gil Vicente Matos who died in 1996. She is survived by her children: Gabriela Matos of Tampa, FL; Eliader Matos and his wife Venecia (Santana) Matos of Miami, FL; Enrique Matos of Lawrence, MA; Mrs. Antonia Maria Matos of Oriente, Cuba; Mayra (Matos) Vazquez, wife of Luis Vazquez of Methuen; Mirta Matos of Lawrence and Manuel Matos and his wife Iris Matos of Lawrence. In addition she is survived by 26 grandchildren and many great grandchildren who knew her as "Mamagunda". She also was the mother to her granddaughter Odelma Matos of Tampa, FL. Mrs. Matos is survived by siblings, Emerio Guilarte, Maria Guilarte, Domitilo Guilarte, Cresencio Guilarte and Clodoalba Guilarte. Mrs. Matos was predeceased by children, Walter Matos of Lawrence and Eugenio Matos (Christobal) and siblings, Oscar Guilarte, Suiberta Guilarte, Demerida Guilarte, Gaspar Guilarte and Taciano Guilarte all of Cuba. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins here and in Cuba.
Due the national health emergency, a private funeral service will be held at FARRAH FUNERAL HOME, 133 Lawrence Street, Lawrence, MA 01841. Burial will follow where she will be laid to rest beside her husband at St. Mary-Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Lawrence.
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