Marion H. Matson

March 18, 1923 ‒ September 22, 2018

Delaware, Ohio
Formerly of Dunkirk, New York

Marion H. Matson, 95, of Delaware, Ohio, formerly of Dunkirk, New York passed away peacefully Saturday evening, September 22, 2018 at the Ohio Living Sarah Moore Home in Delaware, OH.

Born and raised on a dairy farm to the late Chester M. Harding Jr. and Hattie (Bates) Harding, Marion developed a love for birds, gardening and the outdoors. Marion worked many years as a supervisor at Bell Telephone where she touched many lives. Marion was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church in Dunkirk, NY and a longtime volunteer for the Salvation Army. She had an adventurous spirit and traveled around the world. It was during these travels she met her husband Jim.

Left to cherish her memory are her nieces and nephew, Jill (Jim) Hoovler of Delaware, OH; Janice Gregg of Cleveland, OH; and Thomas (Karen) Harding of Corvallis, Oregon, and several great nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Marion was also preceded in death by her husband James R. Matson and her siblings Herschel Harding, Marion J. Harding and Chester M. Harding.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff at Ohio Living Sarah Moore Home for their wonderful care, concern and love during the past 12 years that Marion resided there in comfort.

A private family graveside service will be held at a later date in Dunkirk, New York.

Contributions in Marion’s memory may be made to the Ohio Living Sarah Moore Home, 26 N. Union Street, Delaware, OH 43015.

The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center of Delaware is assisting the family.

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  • To the family of Marion Matson,

    I am very sorry to learn that Marion has passed away. I grew up in Dunkirk and knew Marion from attending the First United Presbyterian Church. This was back in the early/mid 90s when I was in high school and then college. Wendy Heinz was our pastor. There were at least 2 or 3 summers in college when I spent quite a bit of time at the church with Marion and Helen McKee. I was working at a local nursery during the summers, so Helen and Marion asked me to help them trim the trees and bushes around the church. The three of us worked together in some very hot weather, but we got everything looking great! And I remember Marion was very appreciative of all my work. Marion and I exchanged Christmas cards for many years, but then she moved to Ohio and we lost touch. I always wanted her to know how much I enjoyed those summers.

  • To the family of Marion Matson,
    I am sorry to hear of her passing.
    Mrs. Matson, as I always called her, was a very private person and it took some time to get to know her a bit. She was a wonderful gardner, and took great care of the First United Presbyterian Church of Dunkirk grounds faithfully for many years. What dedication. Eventually I was able to help her, but never had the stamina to keep the Memorial Garden up to her standards.
    Unfortunately too many members that knew her have passed.
    I hope to attend her Graveside service at Willowbrook Cemetery , Dunkirk, NY on Monday, October 8th.