Martha Carol Mattsson
August 15, 1945 ~ October 24, 2021
Martha Carol Mattson was born on August 15, 1945 and passed on October 24, 2021. Marty and her twin sister, Phyllis were born to Lenora Powell Cass and Walter Cass in Catonsville, MD. Marty is survived by her husband, Carl A. Mattsson; four sons, Dean, Brian, Scott, and Marc; two daughters-in-law, Dayna and Mika; and ten grandchildren.
Marty and Phyllis learned the value of hard work at an early age from their mother, who raised them as a single mom. Marty and her sister had a really close group of friends in high school. She has many fond memories from the neighborhood. Marty was a cheerleader at Catonsville High School and did well in her classes. She loved to read and was always reading a book throughout her life.
Marty graduated and received a scholarship to University of Southern Mississippi State for Women and moved there with her sister. While in Mississippi, Marty enjoyed the southern hospitality and made many friends. Both she and Phyllis graduated Magna Cum Laude. Following graduation, Marty received a scholarship to the Nursing School at University of Maryland. During her last few months of nursing school in Maryland, she met and started dating Carl A. Mattsson in his last year of residency in Orthopedic Surgery. Carl finished his residency at the same time as Marty finished nursing school.
While dating, Carl introduced Marty to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and she chose to be baptized soon thereafter. Shortly after her baptism, Marty and Carl got married. They were sealed in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple a year later. Marty has remained a devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and has held many callings.
Marty worked at a community hospital in Manhattan, Kansas while Carl worked at Irwin Army Hospital in Fort Riley during the Vietnam War. Marty worked in various departments and taught nursing until their oldest son, Dean, was born. Carl and Marty developed several long-lasting friendships with many of the residents while living in Kansas.
After two years of living in Kansas, they moved to Ogden, UT where Carl started his private practice and Marty chose to dedicate her time to raising Dean and his brothers, Brian, Scott, and Marc. Marty experienced great joy raising the four boys. She is remembered by her sons as being a very patient mother who they knew loved them unconditionally. She stood up for them fiercely, encouraged them to be leaders, and taught them to accept and find common ground with others.
When Marc, the youngest of the boys, entered junior high school, Marty went back to school and earned a Master’s Degree in Psychiatric Nursing at the University of Utah. She always made A’s in her classes and memorized facts very easily. One of her jobs following graduation was working at the IHC Adolescent Behavioral Unit. Always accepting and loving of the kids, she loved helping them. Eventually Marty started her own practice where she treated patients of all ages. She enjoyed practicing for many more years thereafter while simultaneously raising her children and watching them grow up and start families of their own.
Marty was introduced to Tennis as a young mother and loved playing it. In doing so, she formed great relationships with other players over the years. In her later years, she developed a love for pickle ball and played often with Carl, family, and friends. Marty enjoyed staying healthy and being active.
Marty was blessed with a great intellectual mind which assisted her in her career. Carl always thought she was a walking dictionary. Marty was an incredible writer and even wrote a book, stories, and poems about her grandkids. Many relied on her for correct spelling and proofreading. She was always very loving and showed great compassion to all creatures including dogs, cats, and even spiders. She forgave freely and showed kindness to all.
Marty was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s roughly seven years ago. She loved life and tried her hardest to live the best she could to the end, continually thinking of others. She was the most forgiving person in life, and she will always be loved because of who she was.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 30, 2021 at 11 a.m. at the Shadow Mountain Ward, 5191 Old Post Road. Friends may visit with family on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lindquist’s Ogden Mortuary, 3408 Washington Blvd. and Saturday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the church. Interment, Lindquist’s Washington Heights Memorial Park, 4500 Washington Blvd.
Services will be live-streamed and available by scrolling to the bottom of Martha’s obituary page.