Jean Morris Mattison, 86, passed away on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 in Tampa, Florida. Jean was born to Roderick Fairley and Berta Morris in Maxton North Carolina on August 3, 1933. Jean was graduated from Flora Macdonald College and later received a Masters Degree in Exceptional Child Education from the University of Florida.
Jean grew up on a farm in Maxton, North Carolina. Shortly after graduation, she married Joel Mattison, and together they set out on a life path that could not have been pre-designed. Jean was an elementary school teacher in her early years until she and Joel went to work with Albert Schweitzer in Gabon, Africa as medical missionaries upon finishing her training to be a lab assistant. Jean may have been the last living American to have worked with Dr. Schweitzer. In 1969, Jean and Joel came to Tampa, where she and her husband Joel shared many interests that included church, symphony, 18th & 19th century antiques, entertaining, and volunteering. Jean was especially active in the Florida Symphony Guild, the Chiselers, the Hyde Park Preservation Institute, the Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church Session and Board of Deacons, the Master Chorale of Tampa, and many more.
Jean was preceded in death by her husband, Joel Mattison MD. Jean is survived by her two sons, Lewis and Karl; her two daughters-in-law, Molly and Ashley; three grandchildren Charlotte, Eva, and Lauren; as well as many nieces, nephews and other cherished family and friends. A memorial service will be held November 23 at 11 am followed by time for friends and family to share stories at Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church at 3501 W San Jose St, Tampa, FL 33629. A graveside service will follow at 4:30 pm at Oak Ridge Cemetery at Oak Ridge Avenue and 8th Street in Arcadia FL.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church.