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Patricia (Geagan) Mattson

Patricia (Geagan) Mattson, 76, wife of Paul W. Mattson of Naples, FL, Newburyport and formerly of Ipswich, died Friday, September 9, 2016 in the Anna Jaques Hospital, Newburyport, following her sudden illness.

Born in Arlington September 26, 1931 she was the daughter of the late James J. and Margaret M. (Shea) Geagan. Patricia was raised in Arlington, was a 1957 graduate of Arlington High School and a graduate of Catherine Laboure School of Nursing. Following graduation she served a year as a registered nurse on the Pine Ridge Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. Returning to Arlington the Mattsons married in 1962 at the former St. James Church in Arlington and briefly made their home in California. They soon moved to Linebrook Road in Ipswich where they raised their family.

In the 1970’s she enrolled in Goddard College in Vermont where she trained and became a nurse practitioner. Throughout the years she had been employed as a mental health practitioner working for many years at the Beverly Outreach Team and more recently at an outpatient clinic in Boston from which she retired in 1998.

In addition to her family and work Pat enjoyed her time playing golf, tennis and playing bocce. She was an avid reader, often reading several books in a week. She’ll be remembered by her family and friends for her generosity and talents as a baker of sweets.   

Pat was a longtime and active communicant of St. Joseph Parish, Our Lady of Hope Church of Ipswich. For many years she was a member of the church’s choir, taught Sunday school and served as a pastoral minister.

In addition to her husband Paul of fifty-four years she is survived by a son, Patrick J. Mattson, his wife Carolina and her son Gustavo of Melrose; a daughter, Paula M. Spoon of Salem; a grandson, Thomas P. Mattson of Salem; two brothers, James J. Geagan of Peabody, Gerald L. Geagan of Watertown; a sister, Eileen T. Nigro of Gloucester and many nephews and nieces.

Her funeral will be held Monday September 12, 9 am from the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich followed by the celebration of a Funeral Mass of Christian Burial Monday 10 am in Our Lady of Hope Church, Pineswamp Road, Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours are Sunday 4 to 7 pm. Memorial contributions in her name may be made to the Holy Rosary Church, 100 Mission Drive, Pine Ridge, SD 57770

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