IRENE E. (BIDDLE) MATSON
Irene Elizabeth Biddle Matson, 99, of Alba, Pa., passed away Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at her home, surrounded by her family. Born November 10, 1919 in Elmira, NY she was the daughter of Bly and Mae (Loomis) Biddle. She graduated Canton High School with the Class of 1937. After graduation Irene was employed at the former Preston's store in Canton. She was introduced by friends to Robert Matson, and they were married October 20, 1940. They shared 66 years of marriage until Bob's passing on May 26, 2006. After raising her children Irene worked for many years at the First National Bank of Canton, retiring in 1984. She was a lifelong member of the First Christian Church of Alba where she served as a deaconess.
Irene is survived by her children Gordon (& Sidney) Matson and Elaine Matson, all of Alba, sister-in-law Linda (& Charles) Thomas of Ridley Park, Pa., grandchildren Chris (& Linda) Matson of St. Augustine, FL, Lisa (& Mitch) Belawski of Canton, Beth (& Anthony Brown of Mt. Pocono and George (& Angie) Matson of Liberty, step-grandchildren Jim (& Kelli) Watkins of Indianapolis, Ind., Shelly (& Rod) Sherwood of Lowman, NY, 10 great-grandchildren, 7 step-great-grandchildren, 19 great-great-grandchildren and 12 step-great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by brothers Herman and Dean, and sister Ida, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Wesley (Todd) and Phyllis (Posie) Matson, Laurence and Johan Matson and John and Evelyn Matson.
In keeping with Irene's wishes services will be private. (morseandkleesefuneralhome.com)