Florence Barr Matteson

Jacksonville - Florence Barr Matteson passed away at her home in Jacksonville, Alabama on October 16, 2013. Funeral services for Mrs. Matteson will be Thursday, October 24, 2013, at 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Jacksonville with the Rev. John Simmons and the Rev. Ted Anderson officiating. Entombment will be in Jacksonville City Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church Thursday one hour prior to service. She is survived by her son, Michael B. Matteson; daughter, Marge Talt-Harmon; three grandchildren, Meghan Talt, Michael B. Matteson II and Julie Matteson Heiman; one niece and one nephew. Pallbearers will be Dave Kellogg, Jerald Abercrombie, Al Borstorff, Jamie (Red) Etheridge, Wayne Dempsey and Ken Hoffman. Florence Barr Matteson (Flossie to her friends) was born on a farm in Dundee, Iowa July 7, 1917. She grew up on several different farms around Lamont, Iowa. She was educated at Coe College, Iowa and the University of Iowa, from which she graduated in 1938 with a degree in English from the College of Liberal Arts. She was a member of the Sigma Chapter of Alpha Chi Omega sorority. After graduation, she taught English for two years before she married a fellow University of Iowa graduate, Orval Matteson, in 1940. As an Army wife, she organized numerous family moves from several locations in Iowa to Illinois, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Washington State, California, Texas, New York and New Jersey, including two separate tours of duty in France and six different locations in Virginia before Orval retired and they made a final move to Jacksonville in the early 1970's. She loved Jacksonville and was active in the community, the Garden Club and the First United Methodist Church. Flossie devoted her life to her family, friends and community. She was an enthusiastic gardener who loved flowers, herbs and vegetables, spending happy hours in her garden and greenhouse. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, cooking and painting with her weekly art group. She was an avid reader with a keen interest in religion, arts and crafts, sports and politics who carried on a voluminous correspondence with friends and family who will always cherish her for her sweet nature, comical sense of humor and countless kindnesses. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.klbrownfuneralhome.com.

Published in The Anniston Star on Oct. 23, 2013