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Mattie Emery, age 92, of Winsted, died Saturday, Dec. 21, 2002, at the Mille Lacs Hospital in Onamia.
Mattie was born July 3, 1910, the fourth child of Ole K. and Margaretha Oddon.
She was born and raised on the farm in Chippewa County, and graduated from Cottonwood High School (as salutatorian) in 1929.
She entered nurses training in Montevideo Hospital and graduated in 1932. She continued her nursing career, and met and married Orm Emery of Montevideo in 1935. They raised three children.
In the spring of 1942, Orm was transferred with NSP to Glencoe, and later to Lester Prairie, where they lived until 1946. That year they moved to Winsted.
Mattie did part-time nursing and ran the first aid station at the Green Giant canning factory.
They both loved life in Winsted and took part in many civic activities. They both helped with the fund raising for the hospital building project.
Mattie was very active in the First Presbyterian Church. She was elder of the church many times, as well as secretary for the church for years.
Mattie went to work in Dr. Carrol's Medical Office in 1957, until she retired in 1972. They enjoyed spending winters in Texas until Orm's death in 1979.
Mattie continued living in her home on Sherman Avenue. She spent time doing hand work, such as knitting and crocheting, and also enjoyed crossword puzzles, golfing, antiquing, bake sales for the church, and visiting with friends and family. In 1997, she moved into the Linden Wood Apartments.
She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, husband Orm, daughter Constance Rech, granddaughter Julia Ness, and great-granddaughter Katy Rech.
She is survived by daughter Jacquiline (John) Ness and son Timothy (Cindy) Emery, eight grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, as well as other relatives and friends.
A memorial service for Mattie Emery was Saturday, Dec. 28, at 1 p.m. at the Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted. Pastor Steve Shannon officiated and interment followed at the Winsted Public Cemetery.
Sonja Johnson provided special music for the memorial service.
The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted served the family.