Sept. 8, 1921-Sept. 30, 2010
Mayme Lydia Mattson, 89, of the Frazee-Snellman area, passed away Thursday, September 30, 2010 at the Frazee Care Center.
Mayme was born to Rev. Jacob and Ida Erkkila on Sept. 8, 1921 near Callaway in Becker County. As an infant, she moved with her family to Toad Lake Township and attended the Toad Lake Country School. At 16 years of age, she moved to Chicago, Ill., and worked as a nanny for two years before moving back to Minnesota. She was very close to her father and assisted him in ministry, and also loved to go fishing with him.
Mayme was united in marriage to Walter Everett Mattson Oct. 22, 1939 in Wolf Lake, with Mayme's father officiating. This union was blessed with three children; Joyce, Veronica and Terry. The family farmed in the Snellman area until 1949, when they moved to Chicago. In the mid-1960s, Mayme moved to Wolf Lake, where she worked as a fire watcher at the Wolf Lake Fire Tower and planted trees for Ed Patson throughout the area.
After several years, Mayme returned to Chicago, where she was employed with Admiral Television, Central Scientific and Beltone Hearing Aids factories until her retirement in 1985, when she returned to the Wolf Lake area.
Each spring Mayme looked forward to planting a large vegetable garden and raising colorful flowers. She crocheted many afghans for her family and friends. She lived for a short period of time in Park Rapids and Menahga, and also with both of her daughters until her failing health caused her to become a resident of the Frazee Care Center in 1997.
Mayme will be lovingly remembered by her two daughters, Joyce Eisen (Larry Salmela) of Nevis and Veronica "Pappu" (Otto) Marjamaa of Detroit Lakes; son, Terry of Seattle, Wash.; seven grandchildren; 14 greatgrandchildren, 19 great-great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Preceding her in death were her parents; four brothers, Art, Oscar, Walter and Paul; four sisters, Hannah, Ann, Martha and Marie; and two grandsons, Kenneth Jr. and Jerry John, in infancy.
Funeral services are set for at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5, in the Frazee Care Center, Frazee, with visitation for one hour prior to services. Rev. Elmer Yliniemi was the officiant; Deborah Aho was the organist.
Honorary casket bearers were all of Mayme's grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Interment was in the Balmi Cemetery near Wolf Lake.
There will be a memorial service at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9 in the Cardini-Pearson Funeral Home, Menahga.
To leave online condolences or to view the video tribute visit www.cardinipearson.com.