Helen Shear Mathiason


Helen Shear Mathiason, 92, of Terry died Tuesday, June 10, 2014, in Terry.

Mrs. Mathiason was born Sept. 17, 1921, in rural Mildred, the only child of Albert Shear and Floy Hill Shear. The Hill and Shear families came to Mildred from Burr Oak, Michigan. 

Mrs. Mathiason graduated from Mildred High School, where she met and married Adolph Mathiason. Mr. Mathiason preceded her in death in 1989.

Her first love was her family. She always prepared Thanksgiving Dinner for family and friends.

Mrs. Mathiason was an outstanding person. Her friendship was a blessing to all who knew her. She loved her many friends, gardening, canning tomatoes, flowers, her kitties and playing her piano. She loved to go fishing for catfish in Fallon Creek. She had many stories of fishing and camping at Intake when she was a child.

She fed the birds and enjoyed watching them at her many feeders.  She loved to cook and bake. Mrs. Mathiason always had a special treat for friends who stopped to visit. Bread, buns, pies and cookies were always homemade at her house. Her specialties were Tea Rings and Julekake.

Mrs. Mathiason was a member of the Eastern Star and The Prairie County Museum. Local history was her passion. She knew every item in the museum and loved sharing her knowledge with others. She was very active in the Mildred Church and Ladies Aide. Mrs. Mathiason looked forward to their annual fall bazaar. She served as the news correspondent of Mildred for the Terry Tribune for many years. 

In 1993 she made a trip to Pennsylvania. She had always wanted to see Gettysburg. She visited Gettysburg and many other historical sites including the Carnegie Museum. She was a very special lady; sadly missed by all who loved her. Prairie County has lost a treasure.

Her survivors include two children: Tonette (Vern) Stark of Ollie and Alan (Sandy) Mathiason of Mildred; four grandchildren:  Judd (Tawny) Stark, Amanda (Jay) Berg, Dustin Mathiason and Kyle Mathiason; three great-grandchildren: Kate Stark, Grady Berg and Ericka Berg; two nieces: Karen Stockett and Lynn Mathiason; and a great-niece: Jessica Stockett. 

Visitation will be Sunday, June 15, 2014, from 1 to 6 p.m. in Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home in Terry. Funeral services will be Monday, June 16, 2014, at 11 a.m. in Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home in Terry. Interment will follow in the Mildred Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting:  www.stevensonandsons.com.

Memorials may be made to the Prairie County Museum, Prairie County Nursing Home or to the charity of one’s choice.