MARY MATTESON AIKINMary Matteson Aiken peacefully passed away Friday April 12, 2013 in St.
Mary Matteson Aiken peacefully passed away Friday April 12, 2013 in St. Paul, surrounded by family.
She was born in Duluth, to Mary (DeVeling) and Carl Mahnke on Dec. 31, 1935.
She graduated from Duluth East High School and the University of Minnesota Duluth with a teaching degree.
Mary was an avid reader, gardener, cook , and loved people. Her energetic volunteerism improved the lives of many people, especially children.
In Minnesota she was an active member of the League of Women Voters and also volunteered on the Duluth Superior Symphony Opera Committee. After raising her daughters, she became the manager of the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra.
She married David Aiken in 1982 and moved to Bloomfield, Ind. Together she and David continued the Amahl and the Night Visitors opera tour that David had managed and sung in for many years.
She received the Bloomington Area Arts Council 2006 Arts Leadership Award for her extensive work in fundraising and leading the Shawnee Theater in Greene County. She is also recognized for her extensive involvement in the Library Literacy program at the Bloomfield Eastern-Greene County Public Library, and her successful fundraising work while employed by the Greene County Foundation. She was most recently honored at the 2013 Outstanding Ladies Luncheon hosted by the Greene County Foundation.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents and her husbands, Robert Nolte Matteson and David McClay Aiken.
She is survived by her daughters, Catherine (Brien) Christensen of International Falls, Minn., and Carolyn Stombaugh of St. Paul; fiance Bruce Lemke; grandchildren Andrew, Mary, and Nora Christensen, Lucas (Amanda), Marcus, and Thomas Stombaugh; great-grandchildren Noah and Ashlyn Stombaugh; brother Charles F. Mahnke (Carol) of North Oaks, Minn., niece Sara (Justin) Cheen, grandniece Eva Marie Cheen; stepchildren Dava Lee (Donald) Tobey, Dan (Lori) Aiken, and Tim (Johanna) Aiken; step-grandchildren Kelly, Kyle, and Macy Aiken, and best friend Shirley Hughes.
Private interment will be held at a later date.
If so desired, in memoriam donations may be made to the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra or to any other charity of your choice.