Sonya S. Haugabook-MatosJanuary 30, 1964 ~ February 18, 2017 (age 53)
Sonya Selene Haugabook-Matos was born January 30, 1964 in Jersey City, NJ to the late Prince and Arcola Haugabook. She departed this life on Saturday, February 18, 2017.
Sonya spent her childhood years in Bayonne, NJ. In her teen years she moved to Cliffwood Beach, NJ where she graduated from Matawan Regional High School, Matawan, NJ. She also attended Marymount College in NY, Rutger’s University in New Brunswick, NJ and graduated from Georgian Court University in Lakewood, NJ with a Bachelor of Science degree. While attending college in New York, Sonya lived part-time on West End Avenue in New York City.
Throughout her life Sonya engaged in various careers, endeavors and passions. Having worked in biology and word processing, she was also an avid farmer and lover of animals, taking great pleasure in raising organic chickens and eggs. An entrepreneur and dessert maker, she established “Sonya’s Organic Sweets,” and purveyor of organic cookies.
Sonya’s great passion was music, whether listening to music or playing an instrument. Her talents ranged across the string and woodwind instruments, especially guitar and flute. She was also an accomplished luthier.
Sonya was also a member of New Light Baptist Community Church in Cliffwood Beach, NJ from 1991 through 1992 and played her guitar for the praise team.
Sonya has been truly blessed with a loving husband, Frank Matos and two devoted and beautiful children, Ashley and Alexander Matos. She and her family resided in Matawan, NJ. Her true love was for her beloved family, whom she loved spending time with, caring for and enjoying an occasional game of Scrabble with.
Sonya is also the cherished sister to her brother, Prince, III and three sisters Sandra Wells (Michael), Layvonne Hodge-Haugabook and Phyllis Haugabook-Woolfolk (Phillip). She also leaves behind her honorary siblings - Bruce, Elise, Freddy, Mynita, Lisa, Doris, Tootie, Janice and Steve, two aunts - Vergie Goodson and Juanita Bowman, caring nieces and nephews – Mike, Jerry, Terence, Victoria, Vanessa and Gabriel, as well as a host of loving cousins, relatives, friends, and her furry child, Rosemary.
Sonya’s zest for life and enduring love for all will be missed by those whose lives she touched.
Sorrowfully submitted, The Family
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the American Lung Association and anyone interested in joint voluntary activities, please contact Alex Matos.
American Lung Association
PO Box 7000, Alberta Lea MN 56007-8001