Christine Louise Matta, 64, of New Milford, died unexpectedly Aug. 5 while surrounded by her family and friends.

She was born May 26, 1949, in Brookline, Mass., to John and Kathleen Matta. She graduated from Bethel High School in 1967, and went on to earn bachelor's and master's degrees in education from the University of Hawaii.

She began her teaching career in the Hawaii public school system. After returning to Connecticut, she worked at Grolier Enterprises for more than 25 years, where she was a senior production manager. She was most recently the director of the Learning Center in New Milford.

She was proud to be a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and was also a member of the New Milford Chamber of Commerce.

She enjoyed photography, singing/songwriting, reading and all things outdoors. Her creative talents were numerous and admired.

She was also recognized for her strong commitment to the local community through her educational efforts and her tenacious drive to achieve more for the benefit of all.

She was the matriarch of her family and had a powerful influence on everyone in the family.

She was known as a loving, kind and vivacious person, and considered to be "the life of the party." She was also an eternal optimist who was always there for family and friends.

She is survived by a son, Jordan Oliveira, and his wife, Colleen, of Tucson, Ariz.; a grandson, Kai Thomas, of Tucson; a bulldog, Angus, of Tucson; siblings Diane Matta Romano, and her husband, Robert, of Spring Lake, N.J.; John Matta, of Bethel; Margaret Schurer, of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; Robert Matta, and his wife, MaryBeth, of Danbury; Patricia Matta-Wrobel, and her husband, Vincent, of Danbury; Michael Matta, and his wife, Deborah, of Danbury; many nieces, nephews and grand-nephews; and her precious rescue dog, Boston.