Ione Mathison

Friday, February 19, 2010
Ione Mathison

Funeral services for Ione Mathison, 88, of Spencer, will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, at First Christian Church in Spencer. Rev. Dan Mayes will officiate the service.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday at the church. A lunch and fellowship will follow the visitation at the church.

Burial will be in North Lawn Memorial Park in Spencer.

Mrs. Mathison passed away Monday, Feb. 15, 2010, in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Ione Marie Mathison, the daughter of Joe and Mabel Stitz, was born Sept. 17, 1921, in Sioux Rapids, Iowa. Her family moved to Spencer when Ione was four years old, where she received her education, graduating from Spencer High School in 1939.

Ione married Edward Kenneth Mathison on Jan. 31, 1940, in Jackson, Minn. Following their marriage, they continued to live in Spencer, where Ione and Eddie owned and operated Club 71 for 17 years and later owned and operated Mathison's Lounge for an additional 19 years. She was a member of the Eastern Star, the Eagle's Club and was also involved in League Bowling for many years, as well as an avid golfer. Her summers were spent and enjoyed with many friends at her Lost Island lake home in Ruthven.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Edward on Aug. 17, 1984; and her son, Steve in 2001.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughter-in-law, Sue Mathison of West Des Moines; one grandson, Jay (Patty) Mathison; great-grandchildren, Carter and Amanda of Oswego, Ill.; her constant companion, "Cuddles" and many other relatives friends.

Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of arrangements.