Betty Jean (Mattson) Mathews

Born: Thu., May 1, 1924
Died: Thu., Apr. 8, 2021

Graveside Service

12:00 PM Fri., Apr. 16, 2021
Location: Pilot Rock Cemetery

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Betty Jean (Mattson) Mathews Obituary

Betty Jean (Mattson) Mathews passed away peacefully April 8, 2021. Just shy of her 97th birthday, Betty was surrounded by family and friends during her final days.

Born in Iroquois, SD, Betty attended school in Arlington, SD, and graduated in 1942. She attended Eastern State Normal School in Madison, S.D. and then graduated from Eastern Oregon University with a B.S. in Elementary Education. She married Wallace Mathews in 1945 and had two children, Lynne and Larry.

Her teaching career spanned thirty-four years in South Dakota and Pilot Rock, Oregon. Betty was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, a teacher honorary, OEA, and Presbyterian congregations.

After retirement, she and Wally loved traveling and visited most of the U.S. and Canada. Betty continued her commitment to education as a member of PEO, Delphian Club, and the National Retired Teachers Association. She volunteered at the Historical Society Museum and St. Anthony Hospital. She enjoyed playing Bridge, reading, walking every day, cooking, and entertaining.

Betty touched the lives of so many, though she most loved her role as “Gram” to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Betty was intelligent, kind, and generous. She had a quick wit and sense of humor that kept all of us on our toes.

Betty lived in Pilot Rock, Oregon for sixty-seven years. For the past seven years, Betty enjoyed her new home in Milwaukie, Oregon near family and special friends at Homewoods on the Willamette and The Elder House.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1993, her parents and her five siblings, and their spouses. She is survived by her children Lynne Hollomon (Mike) and Larry Mathews (Julie); three grandchildren, Aaron Mathews, Jenny (Hollomon) Chaney, and Kimberly (Mathews) Stowers; four wonderful great-grandchildren and special nieces and nephews.

Please join us to celebrate Betty’s life. A graveside service will be held at Pilot Rock Cemetery on April 16, 2021, at Noon. Memorial donations can be made in Betty’s name to Moreland Presbyterian Church in Portland or to CHI St. Anthony’s Hospital in Pendleton in care of Pendleton Pioneer Chapel, 131 SE Byers Ave., Pendleton, Oregon  97801.  Online condolences may be sent to

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Linda Van Nattan
   Posted Sat April 10, 2021
So sorry to hear of her passing. She was a wonderful lady for sure.
Sending prayers to her wonderful family

Elaine Mattson
   Posted Sat April 10, 2021

TABLE BASKET was sent by Genevieve, Elaine, and Denise Mattson .

With sympathy to my Sister-in-Law, and our Aunt, Betty Genevieve Mattson and daughters Elaine and Denise Mattson, and Nancy & Jeff Burns

Marly Eidsness
   Posted Mon April 12, 2021
With love and sympathy to my cousins, Lynne and Larry, and their families. Aunt Betty was wise in her counsel, loving, and steadfast in her beliefs, with family always coming first. Marly Eidsness

Lynnea/Stan Stanhope
   Posted Tue April 13, 2021
I just read about Betty's passing. We drove past her place in Pilot Rock just the other day and wondered about her. 97! What a wonderful, long life she had---good for her! I remember her fondly from the beginning of my teaching years in Pilot Rock.
Our condolences to the family.

Shauna Geesling
   Posted Thu April 15, 2021

TRADITIONAL FUNERAL BASKET was sent by The Geesling and Herzog Families.

In remembrance of sweet Grandma Betty that was a special woman and will always be remembered fondly. Rest easy. Sending love and prayers from AZ to the whole family.

Kimberly Stowers
   Posted Thu April 15, 2021

EXPRESSION OF LOVE EASEL was sent by Larry, Julie, Aaron, Kim and Bill.

Flowers aren’t enough for all the lives she touched.

Becky and Larry Hoeft
   Posted Fri April 16, 2021
Dear Lynn, Mike, Larry and families. Prayers and comforting thoughts are sent your way. Take care.

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