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A memorial service for Mattie Lou Pahl, 87, of Coos Bay, will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 21, at Hauser Community Church, 69411 Wildwood Road in North Bend, with pastor Greg Stansel, officiating. A private burial service will be held at Ocean View Memory Gardens in Coos Bay.
Mattie Lou was born Oct. 8, 1930 in Rochester, Ky., the youngest of 13 children to A.K. Jones and Mattie (Rutherford) Jones. She passed away April 4, 2018 in Coos Bay, from complications of Alzheimer’s.
At the age of 13, she moved to Southern California with her parents and two older brothers. In 1948 she graduated from Grossmont High School in El Cajon, Calif.
Mattie Lou married Kenneth Pahl in Yuma, Ariz. Oct. 17, 1948. They were married for 64 years until Ken went home to be with the Lord in 2013.
With their only daughter, Patty, Ken and Mattie Lou moved to Oregon in 1952. They lived in Sandy, Hebo and Newberg, before moving to Coos Bay in 1990.
Mattie Lou and Ken ran several businesses throughout their married life. They were especially proud of the success of their restaurant, The Hungry Harbor in Pacific City. Mattie Lou was a wonderful cook and gardener. She loved collecting antiques, shopping garage sales, and keeping busy with crafts, painting and sewing.
Above all else, Mattie Lou had a servant’s heart and gift of hospitality. She was always ready to help others, running errands with them, taking people to their doctor appointments, visiting nursing homes and homebound seniors, and opening her home to friends and family. She was quick to volunteer and serve at Hauser Community Church. She enjoyed the senior activities and hosted small group Bible studies for years. She was a dedicated mother and grandmother.
Mattie’s last years were spent with many wonderful caregivers, friends and families from Baycrest Memory Care and Bayside Terrace Memory Care. Her family is very grateful for the loving people who cared for her during this long and difficult journey.
Mattie Lou is survived by her daughter, Patty Bertrand and husband, Bruce; granddaughter, Rebecca Peters and husband, Scott; granddaughter, Tara Kamp; and great-grandchildren, Ashley, Claire and Madeline Peters, and Jackson and Allison Kamp.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Kenneth Pahl; grandson, Bryan Pahl Bertrand; granddaughter, Erica Renee’ Bertrand; many brothers and sisters; and other relatives.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org, or by phone 1-800-272-3900.
Arrangements are under the care of Coos Bay Chapel, 541-267-3131.
Friends and family are encouraged to sign the online guestbook at www.coosbayareafunerals.com and www.theworldlink.com.