Margaret Ruth Matson Flint, of Moscow, died Saturday February 23, 2019 at Good Samaritan Moscow Village. She was 87.
Margaret was born in Spokane, WA to Louie and Margaret Olsen. She grew up in Spokane and attended local schools. In 1947 she married William “Shorty” Matson, they had six children and were married for 23 years, and they later divorced. In 1997 she married Everett Flint and were married until his passing in 2013.
Margaret was a very busy person in her younger years. She raised a huge garden and canned her own fruits and vegetables. She loved to fish and would can or freeze her catch to have family fish fry’s later. Margaret loved to cook and served as house mom to several fraternities over the years. Margaret was an accomplished seamstress, making little “uniforms” for her children when they were small. She later worked at the Elks Lodge and was active in the Women of the Moose, serving Senior Regent of the Moscow Lodge from 1999-2000. She went back to school in her 50s to become a certified dietary manager, and was hired on as the food service manager for the Veterans Home in Lewiston.
Margaret spent many years compiling a genealogical history book of the Matson family. She made a trip via motorhome to the east coast visiting cemeteries and libraries all along the way. That book is registered with the Mormon historical library.
After retiring she enjoyed teaching people how to build patchwork quilts. She would search anywhere for antique materials and make special trips to purchase silk thread to piece them together. Her quilts were works of art with intricate hand work as she was unbelievably creative. She also enjoyed knitting, casino runs, sharing a homemade meal with family and friends, the outdoors, spending time with her friends, and never had a problem making them and was very well liked. Her biggest joy came from her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and she was proud of each of them.
She is survived by her children, sons; Steven Matson, Kenneth Matson, Raymond Matson, Richard Matson, William Matson and daughter Diane Fiscus., 10 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren
In Margaret’s honor the family asks that memorials be made to the Wounded Warrior project.
A celebration of life will be held at 1:30 P.M. Saturday, March 2nd upstairs of the Moscow Moose Lodge. Please come prepared to share your greatest Margaret story.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel of Moscow and condolences may be left at www.shortsfuneralchapel.net.