Mary Mattson(1926 - 2013)

Mary Elizabeth (Plank) Mattson

Helena, MT —Mary Elizabeth (Plank) Mattson, 87, of Chester and Helena passed away on August 2, 2013, at Renaissance Assisted Living, in Helena, Montana.

Mary was born in Havre on April 8, 1926 to Leonard and Stella Plank and grew up on the Plank farm, south of Chester, Montana. After high school graduation, she attended business school in Nebraska. She married George Mattson on September 24, 1949, and began the life of a farm wife north of Chester. Her idea of a perfect life would have been to live on the farm tending to the needs of her family and garden.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents Leonard and Stella, a stillborn brother, a sister Josephine Gunderson, and former husband George Mattson.

She is survived by a sister, Ruth Barrett of Great Falls, children Carl (Janice) Mattson of Chester, Jodi Mattson (John Perros) of Helena; grandchildren Vince (Kerry) Mattson, Megan (Chad) Hedges, Mary (Tyler) Hollow, Lindsay Tuckerman, Erin Hill; step-grandchildren Marika Perros, Nick Perros, Jamie (Saul) Rivard, and John Perros; great-grandchildren Brie Mattson, Connor Mattson, Elsie Hollow, Cooper Hollow.

Cremation has taken place; a memorial service will be held at a later date, in Helena. Memorials in Mary's name can be made to Hi-Line Women Against Breast Cancer, P.O. Box 154, Chester, MT 59522. Big Sky Cremations is assisting the family with arrangements, to offer condolences to the family please visit

Published in Great Falls Tribune on Aug. 7, 2013