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April 2, 1916 – October 18, 2012

It is with heavy hearts and profound sadness we announce the peaceful passing of Sophie at the Beverly Centre, Lake Midnapore on October 18th, 2012 at the age of 96 years.

Sophie was born in Bankhead, Alberta and raised in Bellevue, Alberta, a small town in the Crowsnest Pass. She was married to Ailie Mattson for 59 years and raised two daughters, Shirley and Juane. Sophie was a loving mother and devoted wife. In 1964 she completed a career goal, graduating as a Nursing Assistant and spending several years nursing at the University Of Alberta Hospital and the W.W. Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton. She was a life member (71 years) of the Bellevue Ladies Auxiliary Branch #19 and the Bellevue Ladies Softball Team who won the Southern Alberta Championship in 1944. Sophie’s unconditional love, unwavering support, strong work ethic, zest for life, quick wit and sense of humour will be fondly remembered by all who knew and loved her.

She will be dearly missed by her two daughters Shirley (Norman McLeod) of Medicine Hat, and Juane Priest of Calgary; four cherished grandchildren, Grant (Sherrie), Scott (Cindy), David (Angela) and Sandra Lynn (Arjay); eight great-grandchildren Jonathon, Jeffrey, Sandra, Amber, Michael, Allyse, Georgia and Leo; two great-great-grandchildren Makayla and Trevor; sister Elsie Ancelet and several nieces and nephews and their families.

Sophie was predeceased by her husband Ailie Mattson, parents Mary and Frank Mieranovicz, sisters Mary Mizera, Stella Gatto, Josephine Sefcik, grandson Ross McLeod and son-in-law Norman Priest.

A celebration of Sophie’s life will be held at a later date. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Sophie’s name can be made to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation or to the Bellevue Ladies Auxiliary Branch #19, Bellevue, Alberta. The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to the staff on the Shawnessy Unit at the Beverly Centre with special thanks to Dr. Brezski, Margaret, Angie, Dunia, Nuoi, Myra and Jene for their kind and compassionate care.

“Mum you will be forever loved and never forgotten.”

In living memory of  Sophie Mattson a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Henriette and Rino Boucher :

    Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your beloved mother and grandmother. Although I never met her, I knew her through the many stories and tributes her daughter, Juane, shared with me. I know that she will be dearly missed but forever loved, and never forgotten. May God grant her eternal rest.

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  2. Candace Deibert. (Lloyd ) :

    Sandra, my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family with the passing of your grandmother. She was always so very kind and generous. Not a Christmas goes by that I don’t think of her and the delicious fruit cake she would bake; it warms my heart and makes me smile.

    My condolences,

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  3. Thank you for sharing you Mom with all of us at the Shawnessy unit for the last 11 years. She had been like another grandmother to me for a very long time. That room will always be referred to as Sophies room. It is too quiet here now already without her. May you all find comfort in her memories

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  4. Marion Mascaro :

    Dear Shirley and Juane: Please accept my condolences on the passing of your mother. I remember so many things about her and know will miss her terribly. She will be remembered by many Pass people for sure. Sincerely Marion (Hughes) Mascaro

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  5. Duane and Doreen Williams :

    Please accept our sincerest sympathy on the passing of your mom, Sophie. My mom, Mary Philp and Sophie had many a great card game with my dad, Norman overseeing. The 6 of us shared many a Christmas dinner. She was a great lady.
    Sincerest sympathy
    Doreen and Duane Williams

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  6. Thnking of you with sincere sympathy.
    Anne DeWitt

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  7. My deepest sympathy Juane for the loss of your mother. May the peace which comes from your memories of the love you shared comfort you and your family now and in the days ahead.
    Sincere sympathy
    Laura Adams

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