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Mary Matson - January 12, 2014


Mary Audrey Matson was born April 4, 1909, near Valparaiso, Neb. She died Jan. 12, 2014. She had reached the remarkable age of 104.

She was the third of eight children born to Carl and Mary Creathbaum Schulz. When Mary was an infant, the family moved to a farm southeast of Ogallala, Neb. When she was 5 years old, the family moved to Brule, Neb. Mary attended elementary school at the East Vail District #19 and attended high school in Ogallala. She graduated with the Class of 1929.

After high school, Mary worked for different neighbors doing housework and later worked in Ogallala and North Platte, Neb.

On July 3, 1934, she was married to Milton Bertram in Lexington, Neb. One son, Milton Fredrick, was born to this union, but he died in infancy.

In 1939, Mary was at a dance in Ogallala when she met Earl Matson. They later married on Aug. 21, 1943, at the Methodist parsonage in Grant, Neb. Two children were born to this union. They made their home on a farm near Grant until 1954 when they moved to Holyoke.

In 1969 they returned to Grant. Mary continued to maintain her home in Grant after Earl died in 1992. She eventually moved to Park Ridge Assisted Living and in 2006 moved to the Golden Ours Convalescent Home where she lived until her death.

Mary had been an active member of Eastern Star and the United Methodist Church in Grant. She was recognized by the church with the unsung saint award for her tireless devotion of calling people for volunteer jobs in the church. She also called for Eastern Star and the Grant Bloodmobile. She was always enjoyable to talk to.

In addition to her husband and infant son Freddie, Mary was preceded in death by her seven siblings.

She is survived by one son, Leslie and wife Susan Matson of Greeley; one daughter, Donna and husband Jerry Taylor of Colorado Springs; three grandchildren, Dean Taylor and Lindsey and Benjamin Matson; two sisters-in-law, Alma Schulz of Ogallala and Jean Schulz of Fort Collins; and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Jan. 18 at the Grant United Methodist Church with Pastor Nora Mendyk officiating. Burial was at the Grant Fairview Cemetery.

A memorial has been established to the Grant United Methodist Church.

Bullock-Long Funeral Home of Grant was in charge of arrangements.