Audell Matson
Audell Matson
Mrs. Gordon Matson, a homemaker and retired schoolteacher, died Feb. 27, 2012, at New Harmony Care Center in St. Paul.

The former Audell Betts was born Aug. 29, 1918, in Cresco, to Roy Henry Betts and Gevina Bjorgo Betts.

She graduated from high school in Cresco and graduated from Luther College in Decorah.

She married Gordon Matson of Alta, Iowa, on July 5, 1942, at the First Lutheran Church in Cresco.

She taught school for 31 years at Maynard, Bondurant and Cresco, Iowa; Casper, Wyoming and Harmony, Minn.

She was a member of St. Matthew's Lutheran (Lydia Circle and ALCW of Granger) and the American Legion Auxiliary in Harmony.

She lived her last 12 years in Briar Cliff Manor, an unassisted living apartment in Mahtomedi, Minn. In November of 2011, she moved to New Harmony Care Center in St. Paul.

Mrs. Matson is survived by her two sons, Gordon (Cynthia) Matson of Oberlin, Kansas, and Gerri (Susan) Matson of Jefferson City, Mo.; two daughters, Patricia (Mark) Bigalk of White Bear Lake, Minn. and LeAndra Matson of Cottage Grove, Ore.; grandchildren, Buck (Nelda) Matson of Oklahoma, Andrew (Sandy) Matson of Arkansas, Tara Matson of Missouri, Lisa (Jay) Ernst of Missouri, Cody Matson of Missouri, Andrea (Jeremy) Johnson of Iowa, Devanie (Martin) Hoven of Minnesota, Jakonah Matson-Bell of Oregon and Mandara Matson-Bell of Utah; great-grandchildren Macee Ernst of Missouri, Alisa Ernst of Missouri, Brylie Johnson of Iowa, Kaleb Johnson of Iowa and William Hoven of Minnesota; one brother, Wayne (Carol) Betts of Omaha, Neb.; one sister, Verna Kruse of Tipton, Iowa; along with many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon; a sister, Mavis Willson; infant sister, Norma Cathline Betts; infant grandson, Matthew LeRoy, and brother-in-law, Dr. Otto Kruse.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 3, at the St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Granger. Burial was in the St. Matthew's Cemetery in Granger.

The Lindstrom Funeral Home of Harmony was in charge of arrangements.