Jean Mattson (Yakimoski)
Mom was born in the Lintlaw, SK district on March 20, 1933 to Adolf and Pauline Yakimoski. She was the eldest of five children.
In mom’s younger years with dad, she followed him around the province with his band. In 1962, mom married her soul mate Stan. Together they raised two daughters Tammey and Donna. Mom worked at many places, most recently at Olympic Meats. In 1979 mom and dad “retired” to Lintlaw to fulfill their dreams of owning their own meat shop. They cut meat there for 20 years after their “retirement”.
In April of 1999 they decided to “retire” once again and moved to Wadena, SK. It was here in 2001, when mom lost her best friend and husband of 39 years. From there she chose to move to Melfort to be closer to her daughters.
In Melfort, mom had many hobbies including gardening, music, being a church volunteer, doing flea markets, making jewellery, and was a very talented seamstress. She did repairs, mending and alterations for One Hour Cleanitizing as well as numerous regular clients. Mom was an incredible woman. She was caring and compassionate. She would do everything with gusto and had a never ending smile, even when she broke her arm.
Mom’s passion was her family. Children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews were the light in her life. Mom was also a fantastic cook. She loved putting on a banquet meal.…even if you just stopped by for coffee. It wasn’t unusual to leave her place with a few “doggie bags”. If you left hungry, it was your fault.
Left behind to cherish her memories are her daughters Tammey and Donna (Glen), stepson Wayne Mattson, grandsons Michael Knudtson (Anna Lummerding), Andrew Knudtson (Lexie), Shayne Knudtson (Kathleen Farber) and ten great grandchildren Skyler, McKenzie, Cory, Amber, Paige, Carter, Kira, Arianna, Alyza and baby girl Knudtson (arriving November 2017). She also leaves brothers Ed (Deanna) Yakimoski, Jim (Loretta) Yakimoski, Larry (Gerry) Yakimoski, sisters-in-law Anne Yakimoski and Rosalyn Graham, as well as many nieces and nephews. She will also be remembered fondly by very special friends Kristy Knudtson, Arlene Taylor and Vi Van Allen to mention a few.
She is welcomed into the Lord’s House met by many family including her husband Stan, parents Adolf and Pauline Yakimoski, brother Henry Yakimoski, son-in-law Darryl Harris, as well as many in-laws.
Mom will be missed by so many friends and family.