Apr 21, 2013 - StaffPatricia "Pat" Mathey died in the early morning Thursday, April 18, 2013, at Lander Valley Medical Center. She was 87 years old.
Viewing is from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, April 22, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Lander.
A rosary follows viewing at 7 p.m. A funeral mass is at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 23, at Holy Rosary Church in Lander, followed by the internment, observed by family, at Mount Hope Cemetery.
The family invites all to attend the lunch at Holy Rosary Church.
Patricia Rita Young was born Sept. 30, 1925, the daughter of Sam and Harriet (Denisson) Young, dairy farmers in northern Wisconsin. She was the youngest of 10 children.
She graduated from high school in Oconto, Wis., in 1943 and graduated from "teachers college" in Marinette, Wis., in 1945. She then taught rural school, grades 1-8, for four years.
In 1947 she married Dan Mathey in Wisconsin. In 1960 they moved with their four children to Lander, where they had a logging operation. When Mr. Mathey died in 1962, she proceeded to raise her family in Lander.
After the children were grown, she became a significant stone in the bedrock of Lander's senior citizen community.
She was a lifelong member of the Catholic church, and she was an active member of St. Ann's Alter and Rosary Society.
Her family said she loved animals, nature and the outdoors. She loved the Green Bay Packers and enjoyed the Denver Broncos and all types of sports. Her family said she always played pinochle and may still be playing. Most of all she loved spending time with her children and grandchildren, whom she adored.
She is survived by her four children, Jane (Wayne) Moodie of Panama, Richard (Randy) Mathey of Green River, Gale (Andy) Pleasant of Green River and Scott Mathey of Brookings, Ore.; grandchildren Julie Mathey, Danielle Mathey, Rachael Fisher, Mattson Mathey, Cody Johler and Quentin Johler; great-grandchild Aurora Fisher; one brother; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dan, in 1962, her parents, two sisters, and six brothers.
Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home of Riverton (www.thedavisfuneralhome.com).
Get your copy of The Ranger online, every day! If you are a current print subscriber and want to also access dailyranger.com online (there is nothing more to purchase) including being able to download The Mining and Energy Edition, click here. Looking to start a new online subscription to dailyranger.com (even if it is for just one day)? Access our secure SSL encrypted server and start your subscription now by clicking here.