Obituary of Elizabeth H. Matteson
Elizabeth H. (Betty) Matteson died on Oct. 17, 2014, of complications of stroke. She was 93.
Mrs. Matteson was born in Fabiola Hospital, Oakland, Calif., and grew up in Alameda. She was a member of the Piedmont Camp Fire Girls, attending and later serving as a counselor at Camp Augusta, on Lake Vera near Nevada City.
She was an ROTC cadet captain and vice president of her class at Alameda High School, where she graduated in 1938.
Mrs. Matteson attended the University of California, Berkeley in 1939-1940, where she studied a general curriculum and voice, and was a member of the sorority Alpha Delta Pi. Upon the death of her mother in 1941, she left the university to work, including employment at the Oakland/Alameda Navy Supply Depot and the Emporium Department Store.
She and fellow UC Berkeley student David E. Matteson fell in love dancing to big band music at Bay Area venues such as the Piedmont Hotel. On Dec. 28, 1942, they eloped in a snowstorm to Carson City, Nev., and Mrs. Matteson spent the rest of her life as a loving wife and mother.
During Mr. Matteson’s army service and his Northern California career at the Pacific Telephone Company, the couple lived in San Jose, Grass Valley, Sacramento, and various locations in Marin County, settling in Greenbrae.
Mrs. Matteson always loved children, animals, movies, music, and reading. In the late 1960s, she took several archaeology and anthropology classes at Sacramento State University. Natural history was another of her special interests, which led her to volunteer at the Louise A. Boyd Junior Museum in San Rafael (now WildCare wildlife rehabilitation center).
Friends who went for walks with her marveled at her knowledge of Marin County flora and fauna.
Mrs. Matteson was preceded in death by her father in 1920, her mother in 1941, and her husband David in 2012.
She leaves her sister Evelyn Wood of Columbia, Ill.; daughter Patricia (Michael Zeiss) Matteson of Suisun City; daughter Christine (Eddie) Page of Columbia, Ill.; grandson Evan (Kristen) Page; and great-grandson Lucas Page of Billings, Mont.; grandson David (Valerie) Page of Collinsville, Ill.; nephew, John Padgett of Nevada City; a loving niece and family in Grass Valley; first cousins, Aline Garrison of Sebastopol and Jean Durst of Seattle, Wash.; and numerous other cousins including Don Garrison of Eureka, Susan Garrison Klinker of Homer, Ala., Gary Durst of Seattle, Wash., and Jim Durst of Fairbanks, Ala.
At Mrs. Matteson’s request, a private family graveside service will be held. She will rest beside her husband in the Grass Valley Masonic Cemetery.
Contributions in Mrs. Matteson’s memory may be sent to: WildCare: Terwilliger Nature Education & Wildlife Rehabilitation, 76 Albert Park Lane, San Rafael, CA 94901, http://www.wildcarebayarea.org; Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, 800 Cherokee Ave. SE, Atlanta, GA 30315, https://gorillafund.org; or Hospice by the Bay, 17 E. Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Larkspur, CA 94939, http://www.hospicebythebay.org .
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