Lovella Matson, 87, of Vermillion, passed away Monday, Nov. 5, 2013, at the Sanford Vermillion Care Center.
Martha Lovella Dwyer was a South Dakota girl through and through. She was born Dec. 3, 1925, to Tom and Hanna Dwyer on the family farm near Onida. When she was 6 the family moved to Wakonda where Lovella grew up and graduated from high school. In 1946 she earned a diploma in nursing from St. Joseph College of Nursing in Sioux City, IA. She worked in the field of nursing until her retirement from the Veterans Hospital at Ft. Meade, in 1987.
She married Dean H Matson Feb. 17, 1950, at the Catholic Rectory in Burke. They moved to Rapid City in 1958 and later to Sturgis. Dean died in their home in Sturgis in 1977. After retirement Lovella moved to Rapid City where she lived for 10 years before moving to Vermillion where she resided until her death.
She was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church, the Catholic Daughters and the Senior Citizens. She also did volunteer work with her sister Veronica at the Sioux Valley Vermillion Care Center. She enjoyed playing (and especially winning at) bridge and was a member of several groups.
Survivors include two sons, Michael D Matson (Joanne) of Orangevale, CA and Terry H Matson (Tammy) of Fort Collins, CO; two grandchildren, Alexa and Zac; and two step grandchildren, Chris and Elena; great-grandson Kaden; and brother, James H Dwyer (Ardiss) of Vermillion; and many much loved nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dean Matson and an infant son; her parents and brothers, Donald Dwyer and Elwood Dwyer; and two sisters, Naoma Shrader and Veronica Fredrickson.
A memorial Mass was at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, at the St Agnes Catholic Church in Vermillion with burial of ashes in the Graceland Cemetery in Burke. hansenfuneralhome.com.