Matthiessen, Ann Keely
In the afternoon of December 2, 2014, Ann died unexpectedly at her home in Bishop, California. At the time of her death, she was painting, laughing, and lunching with friends – three of the activities that she loved most in life. She was 77 years old.
The youngest of three children and only daughter to Charles “Clarke” and Beatrice Sargeant Keely, she was born on February 14, 1937, in Los Angeles, California.
She was raised in the wonderfully social environment of Berkeley Square in Los Angeles, California, and developed a fascination and love for the outdoors and all God’s creation during family retreats to the log cabin built in 1927 by her late grandmother, Anna Virginia Taylor, in Mammoth Lakes, California. She attended Marlborough School in Los Angeles, graduating with the class of 1954. Ann then received her Associates degree in Home Economics from Bennett Junior College in New York in 1956. Married in 1960 to Robert M. Matthiessen, she was a loving housewife and mother of three in Pasadena and later San Marino, California. She enthusiastically volunteered for the Junior League of Los Angeles and Las Madrinas – a charity which benefited her favorite cause, The Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. As her children began their own lives, she moved with her husband to Fallbrook, California, where she made many new friends and enjoyed fresh air and the rural surroundings. In 2012 she moved to a smaller house in Bishop, California, at the foot of the beloved mountains of her childhood. There she could also be closer to her grandchildren who loved visiting “Gammy”.
Ann loved giggling with children, laughing with friends and an occasional bit of mischief. She had a passion for painting. Whether with acrylic on canvas or with flowers in the garden, she rejoiced in the opportunity to put her colorful personality on display and make the world a happier place. She was overflowing with a natural desire to nurture – the excess of which she lavished upon her many pets, especially her dogs without whom her soul would not have felt complete.
She is survived by her three loving children: Christopher C. Matthiessen, Robert M. Matthiessen Jr., and Carrie M. O’Neal; daughter in law Yvette Matthiessen, son in Law John O’Neal, and six cherished grandchildren: Eddie and Annie Matthiessen; Taylor, John (“JJ”), Maria, and Ellie O’Neal. Also surviving her is her ex-husband Robert M. Matthiessen, her dearly beloved brother Russell Davis Keely with family Carlotta and Ann; sister-in-law Jean Keely and loving nieces Kathy and Patricia. She is also survived by her cherished dalmatian Bonnie.
She is predeceased by her parents and beloved brother Charles Clarke Keely Jr..
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 on Tuesday, December 9th, at the Mammoth Lakes Lutheran Church, 379 Old Mammoth Rd, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546. Condolences may be posted to info@brunemortuary or mailed to Brune Mortuary, 325 West Elm Street – P.O. Box 1175, Bishop, CA 93514. The family understands that this is a prohibitively long journey for most of her lifelong friends on such short notice and ask that you light a candle in Ann’s memory and share with us the words of John Muir’s poem “Climb the Mountain, and the Hymn “How great thou art” by Stewart K. Hine.
Special thanks go out to “Ruthie” Schmedkie, who provided wonderful companionship and help in the last stages of Ann’s life both in Fallbrook and in Bishop. Also to Kathy Shibley who had become a dear new friend and was with her in her final moments.
Ann will be missed by everyone who new her. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be made to her favorite charity, Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles, 4650 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027, or by clicking the donate button on their website, w.chla.org, and making the gift a tribute in memory of Ann K Matthiessen.