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Carol Ann Mathews


Carol Ann Mathews, 81, of Monticello, passed peacefully out of this life surrounded by those she loved on Nov. 18, 2018. As was Carol's wish, a celebration of her life is to be held at a later date. The family asks that you please join them at a memorial gathering to be held on April 27, 2019, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Veterans Reception Center/American Legion 403, 910 Main St., Van Meter, Iowa. All are welcome to remember her in love and joy.
Born Aug. 20, 1937, in Winona, Minn., she is the daughter of Marjorie Hanson and Adolf "Knute" Knudsen. Carol was raised in Northfield, Minn., and graduated Mankato State University teacher's college. After teaching in the Anoka, Minn., area public school system, she relocated and raised her own family in Cedar Rapids, where she spent many years teaching and directing the HACAP Head Start Program.
She married her great love, Loren Dale Mathews in Dec. 17, 1983, and never looked back from a life that took them from Iowa to Maine to Puerto Rico and many exotic places around the world -- Carol loved to try unknown adventures, such as helping her son deliver the city newspapers around the neighborhood, square dancing, sewing, reading mystery novels, going to garage sales and never shied away from the local cuisine, especially candy! Carol made numerous friends along the way. She and her family are proud of their strong Danish background and continued to celebrate and pass down those traditions.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, David, all of Northfield.
Her remaining family includes her husband, Loren Dale of Monticello; her daughter, Ann Clayton (Joe) of Eddyville, Iowa; her son, Chad Chadwick (Shana); a granddaughter, Chelsea Chadwick; and brother, John Knudsen, Moscow, Idaho.
Memorials may be made to the Iowa Veterans Foundation or the Head Start Program.
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