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Mary Audrey Matson - January 23, 2014


Mary Audrey Matson was born on April 4, 1909 near Valparaiso, Neb. 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 five 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 and he died in infancy.
In 1939 Mary was at a dance in Ogallala when she met Earl Matson. They later married on August 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, Colo.
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 died on Jan. 12, 2014. She had reached the remarkable age of 104.
Mary had been an active member of the 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, Colo. and one daughter, Donna and husband Jerry Taylor of Colorado Springs; three grandchildren, Dean Taylor, Lindsey and Benjamin Matson; two sisters-in-law, Alma Schulz of Ogallala and Jean Schulz of Ft. Collins, Colo.; other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held Jan. 18, 2014 at the Grant United Methodist Church with Pastor Nora Mendyk officiating.
Burial was in the Grant Fairview Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to the Grant United Methodist Church.
Bullock-Long Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.