Dottie Matteson, of Melbourne, passed away on July 24th, 2015 at Holmes Regional Medical Center. Born in Springfield, MA, Dottie graduated from Classical High School in 1957 and Smith College in 1961. She taught elementary school in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Ketchikan, Alaska. She married then LT Thomas Matteson (USCG) in 1965 and together they raised two children and forged a successful career in the service; including tours of duty throughout the US and Puerto Rico and finally the US Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut and the US Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY. As the former First Lady of two federal academies, Dottie will always be remembered by cadets, midshipmen, alumni and many friends as a gracious, lovely and caring woman. Dottie was a beloved wife, mother and grandmother who will be forever missed and loved.
She is survived by her husband Tom, daughter Juliet (Mignone), son Jeffrey, sister Nancy (Ballard), grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
A service of remembrance will be held at Suntree United Methodist Church on Friday July 31st at 10 am. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Brevard County Pet Posse. Her ashes will be inurned at a later date in the columbarium at the US Coast Guard Academy.
Published by FloridaToday on Jul. 28, 2015.