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Lillie Matlage

Lillie Marie Matlage, the 12th child born to Earl and Lillie (Pearson) Dawson, was born December 21, 1932 at home in Des Moines, Iowa.

Lillie grew up on the southeast side of Des Moines and graduated from Lincoln High School. Soon after graduating, Lillie met Clem Edward Matlage while he was home on leave from the US Navy. Lillie and Clem were united in marriage on September 30, 1950 in Des Moines, Iowa.
They made their home on the east side of Des Moines were they raised their three children; Terrll, Edward, and Scott.

Lillie worked 17 years at Western International in Des Moines. In 1976, they sold their home and moved to Beaconsfield. Lillie and Clem did some house cleaning and carpet cleaning over the next several years. She also helped at the Ringgold County Neighborhood Center. She enjoyed gardening and raising flowers. She made quilts, crocheted and had just started knitting. Lillie was a loving mother and grandmother and will be missed by all who knew her.

Lillie passed away at her home in Beaconsfield on June 28, 2015. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Clem on January 14, 2007; and nine brothers and sisters.

Those left to cherish her memory include her children Terrll (Kevin) Brobst of Oreana, IL, Edward Matlage of Beaconsfield, IA, and Scott (Rhonda) Matlage of Indianola, IA; 9 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren; a brother Virgil Dawson and sister Gladys Conn; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A memorial has been established in her name to be decided later.

  • Visitation

    July 02, 2015
    12:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Family Will Be Present

    July 03, 2015
    1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Funeral Service

    July 03, 2015
    2:30 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Burial

    Friday July 03 2015

    Ellston Cemetery

    Ellston, IA

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So sorry to hear of your loss. Lil can Clem were very special postal friends. Loved both of them dearly, so much fun to be around and visit with. Lil missed him so much, now they are together. They both are missed so much by all who were blessed to know them.

Our thoughts and prayers
are with you,
Brenda Osborn

Posted by Brenda Osborn - Lamoni, IA - friend   July 03, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I''''m so sorry , I remember Aunt Lillie as being so full of life when I was just a little girl. I remember all the good time we all had growing up. She will always be in my heart. Sandy Winchll

Posted by sandy winchell - Norwalk, IA - Aunt   July 03, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Terril, Eddie, and Scott

I know it has been a long time since I have seen you or your mother. I do want you to know my thoughts are with you in this time of sorrow. I will not be able to make it to the funeral, but will say a prayer for you to have comfort at this time.
I will always remember Aunt Lillie''s smile and laugh, and her positive outlook on live. You had a wonderful mother, and I will remember her always.

Posted by Patricia Dawson- Kinch - Cedar Rapids, IA - Niece   July 02, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Some of the best times were spent at aunt Lils and uncle Clems!

Posted by Donnie Dawson - Clarence, IA - nephew   July 01, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I will always remember Aunt Lillie for her warn kind smile and laugh.
I haven''t seen her for several years. I remember her love for Cherries
from my Mom and Dad''s Cherry Tree.
My Deepest Sympathy to my Cousins Terrell, Eddie and Scotty.

Donna Golob Pazzi

Posted by Donna Golob Pazzi - Des Moines, IA - Aunt   July 01, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Someone as special as Aunt Lillie will never be forgotten, she will remain in our hearts forver. Although I haven''t seen her for several years, I remember her warmth, kindness and gentle spirit. My deepest sympathy to my cousins Terrll, Eddie and Scotty, famiily and friends of Lillies. I''m so sorry I will not be able to attend her funeral. You will be in my thoughts.

Posted by Anna Golob Roush - Des Moines, IA - niece   July 01, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Sorry to hear of your mother''s passing. She was a lovely person.

Posted by Anna Heiser - Des Moined, IA - Cousin   July 01, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I don''t really know Lillie but have gotten the pleasure of meeting her daughter.
She is a very sweet, kind and gentle sort of lady and am pretty sure she got from
her mother. I have got to listen to many of her stories of her Mama and sounds like she was a heck of a spunky gal. Keep your memories near your heart!
Kelly Roberts

Posted by Kelly    June 30, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

She was a great lady, we had so much fun growing up with all the sleep over''s and cook outs in the back yard. I will always remember the good times. She will be missed. You are both back together again in heaven. Love you both.

Posted by Jeanette Steger - Dubuque, IA   June 30, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

We will always remember Aunt Lil for her wonderful biscuits and her welcoming heart. When we were first together her and Uncle Clem opened up their home to us and welcomed us with open arms . Although we haven''t seen her for a very long time she has never left our hearts. Rest in peace in the loving arms of our Lord.

Posted by Tom and Linda Gilge - Bentonville, AR - Nephew   June 30, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

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