Ann Watts Matson

Ann Watts Matson

Ann Watts Matson, wife, mother, grandmother, and dear friend, died peacefully at home in Seattle on Friday, July 19, 2013. Ann fought a brave battle against lung cancer for 9 years and taught us how to face adversity with an indomitable spirit, grace and positive attitude. She loved life and brought joy to all who knew her. She always listened and never judged. Everyone who loved or was touched by her is a better person because of her. Born Nov 25, 1946 in Seattle, Ann spent most of her childhood on a farm in Salem, OR. She attended Oregon State University where she earned a Masters in Early Childhood Education, graduating in 1969. She met her husband of 43 years, Doug Matson while studying at OSU and settled in Seattle in 1972.

Ann's calling as an educator, mentor, and role model began as an elementary school teacher on the south side of Chicago and in Washington D.C in the early 1970s, and continued in every aspect of her life until her passing. She raised four children and was recently blessed with 5 grandchildren, much to her joy. She is considered a mother by many.

She is survived by her husband Doug Matson, children Mark Matson, Christy Matson (Ken Fandell), Carrie Groseclose (Jeff), Courtney O'Connor (Brian) sisters, Marilee McCorriston (Fred), Bonnie Ramsey (Paul), grandchildren Dylan, Taylor and Luke O'Connor, Lake Fandell and Joe Groseclose, sisters in law, Mary Lord and Sue Matson, brother in law Carl Matson, nieces and nephews Margaret Davidson (Erik), James Lord (Sandie), Dan McCorriston (Marcy), Terry McCorriston, Ann Dahlberg (Eric) and Tim Ramsey. We miss her warm smile and kindness, but her spirit will always be with us.

A service in Ann's memory will be held at St. Thomas Church, 8398 NE 12th Street, Medina, WA on Tuesday July 30th at 4:00 p.m. A celebration of her life will immediately follow at the Graham Visitor's Center in the Washington Park Arboretum, 2300 Arboretum Drive East, Seattle, WA 98112. Remembrances should be made to the Endowed Chair in Cancer Care held by Renato G. Martins M.D., UW Foundation, UW Medicine Advancement Office, PO BOX 358045, Seattle, WA 98195.

Published in The Seattle Times from July 24 to July 25, 2013