Lynette (Peebles) Matteson

Born: Thu., Oct. 1, 1931
Died: Mon., May 11, 2020

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Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors announces the death of Lynette Peebles Matteson, age 88, of Utah, passed away peacefully with her children by her side on May 11, 2020 at Maple Springs Memory Care in North Logan Utah.


Private Graveside Services will be conducted at Bethel First United Methodist Church Cemetery in Kite, GA.


In light of CDC Recommendations, please adhere to all social distancing guidelines and suggestions.


Pallbearers will be Rich Matteson, Cameron Matteson, Chase Matteson, Sid Larsen, Christopher Larsen and Jordan Larsen. 


A mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Lynette was born on October 1, 1931, in Swainsboro, GA, to Sidney and Nina Kitchens Peebles. She graduated from Sycamore High School in 1948 at age 16 and left the farm for Martha Berry College near Rome, GA. Lynette was ahead of her time, walking an extra four miles a day to take business classes on the "boy's campus." She paid for her education completely by working at Berry and in 1952 earned her bachelor's degree in Business Education. She cherished her years at Berry and had many fond memories of her time there. After three years working in Atlanta for Rich's Department Store, Lynette joined the American Red Cross and was assigned to Wurtzberg, Germany as a secretary to the commanding officer. Soon after her arrival, Lynette took driving lessons while waiting for the delivery of her new VW Bug.

While in Germany, Lynette met and married Richard B. Matteson, a Captain in the Army, who was serving as a dentist. In 1958, they made their way back to Dick's hometown, Tucson, AZ. Lynette worked at Valley National Bank as a secretary until the birth of their first child, Sydney Michele. Three and a half years later they added a son, Richard Buzan Jr., to their family. Mom always said that what she loved most in her life was raising her kids. She was also very involved in the Tucson Dental Auxiliary and the Junior League. 


In the early 1970's, as a new divorcee, Lynette enrolled in graduate school at the University of Arizona, earning a Masters in Business Administration. On her graduation day, she was already busy in Real Estate school, learning a new profession which would become a very successful career for more than 25 years. In between selling houses, Lynette always found time to keep her children involved in meaningful activities, host gatherings for them and their friends, take them camping all over the southwest, and travel to Georgia to visit family one or two times a year.


In her later years, Lynette was active at Catalina Foothills Church and cherished the friends she made there and her weekly Bible Study. Lynette loved reading a good historical fiction or murder mystery, staying current on local and world events, cooking, eating, and sharing delicious food, watching college basketball, traveling the world, and especially spending time with her kids and grandkids. She visited more than 40 countries, traveled to see Rich and Sydney and their families often, and also took all of her grandchildren on a "senior trip" when they graduated from High School. 


In April, 2013, after a wonderful 55 years in Tucson, Lynette moved to North Logan, UT to be closer to Sydney and her family. Rich and his family visited often and even though she started suffering more from the effects of dementia, mom truly enjoyed all of the extra family time. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother and sister-in-law, George and Mary Peebles; and her sister Margaret Ann Peebles.




Daughter: Sydney (Sid) Larsen of Smithfield, UT


Son: Rich (Kimberly) Matteson of Dallas, TX


Grandchildren: Christopher (Aslynn) Larsen, Brandon (Kelsey) Larsen, Taylor (Amanda) Larsen, Jordan Larsen, Kenidee Larsen, Derek Larsen, Cameron Matteson, and Chase Matteson.


Great Grandchildren: Quaid Larsen, Cash Larsen, Juliette Larsen and another on the way.


We may be able to broadcast the service. If you would like to attend virtually, please email Rich at


In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Lynette Peebles Matteson to the Berry College Emergency Student Relief Fund recently established to assist current Berry students with financial hardship due to COVID-19. "Save a Student Fund" Donation online: or Mail: Berry College, PO Box 490069, Mount Berry, GA 30149. Cemetery: About 9 miles NW on GA Hwy. 57 towards Kite, Left on Cowford Bridge Rd., about a mile in on the left behind the church.

Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements for Lynnette Peebles Matteson of Utah.


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Beth (Ameling) Furrer
   Posted Sun May 17, 2020

Sorry to read in the Star this morning of your mother's death. We were such good friends some years ago in Tucson. I moved back to Oregon in 1974 and kept in touch with her on my occasional visits back to Arizona and with annual Xmas cards. I remarried in 1985 and moved to Kuwait for five years where my architect husband was working on state contracts for the government of Kuwait. I lost touch with quite a few people in those years abroad. We returned to Oregon five weeks before Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in 1990! After my husband's death in 2013, I came back to Tucson for good to be with family here. I tried to find your mother, to no avail. Finally went on one of those People Finders things and saw that she was living in Utah with her family. How nice that you and Sydney had her close by. I remember a fun trip that a whole group of us took to the Mexican coast one year - - -loads of mommies and kids, I look back on it fondly.

Please give your family my deepest condolences. I will always have nice thoughts of her.

In sympathy,

Beth (Ameling) Furrer

Rich Matteson

12:34 PM (37 minutes ago)
Friend of Mom's from the early years.

Rich Matteson

12:50 PM (21 minutes ago)
Beth, Thank you for the kind words. I know my mom and Dad has fun in the day, including a few trips to Mexico. She lived a rich and full life and honestly did n

Sydney Larsen

1:04 PM (6 minutes ago)

to me

Thank you for forwarding - I knew you would start receiving lots of emails which is really great. Please continue forwarding and also, let's keep track of every condolence and add them to the funeral site if they weren't added by the person - because that is something that we can print out and also make a PDF of which would be like a memory book of condolences.
love you


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Karen Hocker
   Posted Tue May 19, 2020

Karen Hocker

1:07 PM (8 hours ago)

to me

Hello Rich,

This is Karen Hocker in Tucson. We met several years ago in NYC when Lynette, you and a grandson were there at the same time I was there with my grandson. We met for dinner at a Shake Shack. A very enjoyable evening.

So sorry to learn about your mother. She was a very special lady in all respects. No, I won't try to attend virtually. Hope that works for you.

Sincerely, Karen Hocker

Veralyn Adams
   Posted Wed May 27, 2020
Dear Rich,

I was so sorry to learn of the passing of your dear sweet mom. I led the Bible Study your mom attended and grew to love her very much. She was a remarkable lady, yet always walked in humility, and only saw the good in people. I never heard her say an unkind word about anyone. She was my cheerleader always celebrating my joys and accomplishments, and was there to lend a helping hand when ever I experienced any challenging time.

I cannot begin to tell you how much she loved you and Sydney and all of your family. I feel like I know you pretty well, even though we've met only a time or two. She loved sharing about you all, but never in a bragging manner. And I know she had just as much fun on those special trips with each grandchild as they did. I'm amazed at how hard she worked, but always put your and Sydney's needs and desires ahead of her own. Even though her marriage ended, I never heard her say a disparaging word about your father. She spoke the truth, but never in a bitter or self-pitying manner.

I admired her courage to travel by herself after you and Sydney were out on your own. She and I shared the love of traveling and seeing places all over the world and experiencing other cultures.

Your mother desired to grow in her faith and was a serious student of God's Word. She was always prepared for Bible Study, faithfully read God's Word and she shared meaningful and wise thoughts as we studied together. Our Bible study group loved her dearly.

I know you'll miss her terribly, but the comfort is she's free from the ravishes of age and dementia. She's safe and well in the arms of Jesus, and someday there will be a glad reunion. She's waiting for you!

In John 17:24 as Jesus was praying shortly before his crucifixion he prayed, "Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.” Christ included your mom in that prayer. He wanted her home with Him. What better place could she be than in heaven where there is no more sorrow and no more tears.

I would appreciate it if you would forward this to Sydney, and please know that I will be praying for all of you during these difficult days.

I would love to attend her service virtually if that's possible. My email is

May God bless you and keep you in His care.

Veralyn Adams

Joel Price
   Posted Wed May 27, 2020

Sorry to hear about your Mom. I wanted to let you and your family know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I pray for comfort during this time. Please let Sydney know that I will be praying for her as well. It has been a long time since we have seen each other, but I always think fondly of the times y’all would come to visit Pa and Grannie.

Joel Price

We had some good times there and the catfishing was great. I always loved when your grandparents came down and it was even better when you and Syd were able to

Joel, with Ann Peebles help we were able to visit the pond and cabin yesterday! Lots of memories. I’m glad you plan to work to get it back in shape and I hope your family can enjoy it in the future.


Margp Halsted
   Posted Wed May 27, 2020
Hi, Sydney,

It was wonderful to have contact with you and your husband once again in Phoenix recently.
I wish we had a reason to get together, but I think your side of the family usually has something every Thanksgiving in Phoenix that probably is large enough!

Jeanne has written to me that your mother passed away recently. I don't believe I ever met her, but I've seen photos of her and Richard.

It's hard to lose a mother and I send you my condolences.

If you ever get out this way, come and visit us!

Hi to Sid!



Margo Halsted
801 E. Walnut St., Apt. 1405
Pasadena, CA 91101
626 441 2764 (home)

Tricia Hatcher
   Posted Wed May 27, 2020
I was so sorry to read about your mother's death. The memorial article
in the paper was wonderful. I met Lynette at church. She and I were
the 2 girls with southern accents at Catalina Foothills Church. Since I
had a Mississippi, Tennessee, and Texas background, I understood
Lynette's southern roots. I loved visiting with you mother. Her
stories about Berry College were delightful. I remember joining her and
her friends at a lovely garden club meeting. What a sweet friend!

She was so proud of you and Sydney. Her grandchildren were the best.
She loved her family so very much!

I would be honored to attend her "virtual" service on Saturday.


Tricia Hatcher