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Dorothy Lucille Matson

January 21, 1923 ~ February 15, 2017 (age 94)
Dorothy Lucille Matson, 94, of Hannibal, Mo. passed away at 9:47 a.m. Wednesday, February 15, 2017, at Beth Haven Nursing Home.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 18, 2017, at the Smith Funeral Home & Chapel. Pastor Tom Day will officiate. Burial will be in the Grand View Burial Park.

Visitation will be held 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service Saturday at the Smith Funeral Home & Chapel.

Dorothy was born on January 21, 1923, in Hannibal, Mo., the daughter of H. Boone and Clara Mae (Jackson) Griffin.

She was married to Robert C. Matson on February 12, 1949 in Hannibal, Mo. He preceded her in death on December 22, 1982.

Survivors include two sons, Larry Matson and wife Pam of New London, Mo. and Dale Matson and wife Janet of Hannibal, Mo.; one daughter, Donna Heiser and husband Bobby of Hannibal, Mo.; five grandchildren, Tracie Hark (John), Enoch Matson (Michelle), Tiffanie Hof (Steve), Erin Matson, and Geri Powell; ten great grandchildren, Conner and Caden Hof, Hailie and Evan Dalton, Logan Matson, Audrey and Chase Powell, Gillian, Nora and Michael Hark, and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Matson was preceded in death by three brothers, Ernest B., Earl and Elwood Griffin, and one sister, Alleen F. Marshall.

Dorothy graduated Hannibal High School in the class of 1941. She previously worked at the Rubber Plant in Hannibal and later worked at Walmart as a door greeter.

Mrs. Matson was a member of the AARP, Widows Club, and RSVP where she enjoyed volunteering at the Mark Twain Museum. In her younger years, Dorothy enjoyed bowling. She had a love for animals, traveling with her older sister after her husband passed away, flowers, and she was an avid Cardinal's fan. Her biggest love was her family, she especially treasured her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Dorothy was a member of Prince Avenue Baptist Church.

Pallbearers will be Steve Hof, John Hark, Enoch Matson and Ronnie Griffin.

Honorary pallbearers will be Mrs. Matson's remaining grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Northeast Missouri Humane Society, James E. Cary Cancer Center or Pleasant View Gazebo Fund, in care of the Smith Funeral Home & Chapel.
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