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Obituary: Veldron Clarissa Robison Matheson

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Veldron Clarissa Robison Matheson, age 94, passed away August 12, 2001 at Rocky Mountain Care in Clearfield, Utah.

Veldron was born April 15, 1907, Montpelier, Idaho, to Robert Lewis and Ellen Ashley Robison. She married Leslie Royal Brown Matheson, September 2, 1927 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. He died August 11, 1982 as Patriarch of the Wilmette Illinois Stake.

She was a loving, caring, wife, mother, daughter, and grandmother. Her life's passions included music, education, family, genealogy, and Church and community service.

Veldron was a graduate of the University of Utah McCune School of Music, a piano instructor at the Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University for 23 years, a private piano teacher for 60 years, and a Church organist for 50 years.

She accompanied the Chicago World's Fair Choir in 1932, accompanied the Chicago Stake Choir at Orchestra Hall in Chicago on three different occasions, and accompanied Handel's Messiah for eight performances.

She held numerous Church callings involving teaching, music, administration, and speaking. Veldron was invited to be a speaker at the World Conference of Records, Salt Lake City, in 1980.

Community service included district president and festival chairman of the Illinois Federation of Music Clubs, secretary of the Chicago Club of Women Organists, DAR lineage research chairman, secretary of the League of Women Voters of Skokie, IL, and member of the Lincolnwood, IL Chamber of Commerce.

Veldron Matheson, as a result of her great love for family history, researched and authored The Illustrious Robisons, The Matheson Clan, Our Shakespearean Heritage, The Browns of Beccles England, and Our Neat-Nate Ancestral Lineage.

She is survived by her daughter Joan Ellen Matheson Stevens and husband Wesley of Ukiah, California; her son John Scott Matheson and wife Christel of Mesquite, Nevada; and nine grandchildren. The grandchildren are Bonnie Mantel (husband Gregory), Marjorie Conrad (husband John), Lesli Meacham (husband Kim), Elke Howard (husband Matthew), John Stevens, William Stevens (wife Wendy), Wendy Black (husband Travis), Suzanne Geiger (husband James), and Cheryl Stevens. She is survived by 20 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Larkin Mortuary, 260 East South Temple. Friends may call Wednesday 6-8 p.m. and Thursday one hour prior to services. Interment Salt Lake City Cemetery.