Today we’d like to take a moment to remember and honor a long-time friend, volunteer, and supporter of South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity. Virginia Mattson passed away last week at the age of 91. Virginia worked as a lawyer before joining Habitat as a volunteer in 1991. She initially served on the Family Selection Committee, and later on the Board of Directors, eventually becoming the Board President. In 1996, Virginia donated to Habitat a large property near Fones Rd, which would eventually become Habitat’s 10 home development, Covenant Court. Virginia worked tirelessly in the name of Habitat, and we would not be where we are today without her commitment and drive. Virginia will be missed, but her legacy of serving families will surely live on here at Habitat.
The following obituary was published in The Olympian on May 1, 2013:
Virginia Mattson Virginia was born in Chicago on January 25, 1922, as the only child of Otho Franklin Line and Charlotte Myrick Line. She died April 21, 2013 at the age of 91. The family moved, in their 1925 Willis Knight, to Los Angeles in the fall of 1932. Virginia graduated in February 1939, intending to go to UCLA in the fall after picking up some office skills to cover books and lab fees. But her father became ill and died. She became the family provider at “not quite 18,” as she told the interviewer at her first full time job. She was a clerk in a life insurance agency. She spent WWII chasing spare parts for shipment at Douglas Aircraft. After the war, she returned to working as an Escrow officer and supervised four offices. At the same time, she attended night school, acquiring a law degree. She was admitted to the California Bar under her married name “Virginia L. Gard” in 1956. She married Charles Donald Gard in 1952 and was divorced in 1959. She later married the love of her life, Douglas W. Mattson; Doug died in 1981. Virginia was active in the Olympia chapters of Habitat for Humanity and League of Women Voters. Virginia is survived by a stepdaughter from her first marriage, Charla Currier, and her children, Simone Currier, and Joe (April) Currier (and their children); a stepdaughter from her third marriage, Valerie (Stanley) Dombrowski and their son, John, of Palm Desert, California; and daughter of her heart, Caren (Russell) Rose of Olympia. There will be a memorial service for Virginia at The United Churches of Olympia, (11th and Capital) on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. Memorial donations may be given to Habitat for Humanity or Assured Home Health and Hospice, which provided Virginia the opportunity to live her last few months in her own home. Please leave memories at www.FuneralAlternatives.org. Arrangements are with Funeral Alternatives of Washington, 360-753-1065.