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Grace Niles Matteson

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LORDSBURG, N.M. -- Grace N. Matteson, 92, of Lordsburg, passed away in New Mexico with her longtime companion, Earl Wagner, by her side. She was born Oct. 17, 1911 in Arlington, Vt. She was the daughter of the late Lawrence “Tweedle dee” and Hazel Niles.

She worked until her late 80s, taking care of the elderly, which she enjoyed tremendously.

Grace is survived by her daughter, Cele Matteson Aussicker of Coco Beach, Fla.; her son, Paul “Barney” Matteson, and his wife, Barbara, of Sunderland, Vt; her grandchildren, Alan, Sharon and Merrilee of New York, Michael, Peter, Karen, Paula and Terri Matteson of Vermont and Jackie and Mark Brooks of California; and several great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her daughter and son-in-law, June and Corliss Brooks; two brothers, Leon “Rip” Niles and Bud McDevitt; and a sister, Margaret Derosia.

There will be a memorial service for Grace in Lordsburg, and she will be laid to rest in Ellenton, Fla.
Published in Bennington Banner on Sept. 29, 2004
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