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Irene K. Mattis

September 16, 1938 — January 26, 2024


Irene K Mattis, 85, most recently living in Jamestown, ND died Friday, January 26, at Edgewood Vista Care Center, Jamestown.

Irene was born September 16, 1938 in Campbell County (Herreid) South Dakota to Alfred and Katie (Ackerman) Aman. She attended Herreid High School through the 10th grade. 

Irene married Milton W. Mattis on August 5, 1956. They moved several times between Herreid SD and Milt’s hometown of Elgin, ND before settling on a farmstead outside of Elgin. They raised 6 children: Debra, Lonn, LeDean, Kelly, and Jacqueline. Shaylene came along after the family moved to Bismarck in 1972. 

Irene was a caregiver for over 40 years as a nursing assistant, as well as, cared for her sick children and disabled husband. She worked for the Baptist Home for nearly 40 years. After retirement, she worked for FedEx providing cleaning services and scanning packages. She was a member of Bismarck Baptist Church and active with the women’s group when she was able. She often had a vegetable garden and canned in the fall. 

Those who will miss her are her children: Kelly Mattis, Jamestown, Shaylene (Eric) Howard Lisbon; Grandchildren: Cole (Kelley) Howard, Fargo, Dylan (Kayla Tingley) Howard, Lisbon, Tristin Howard, Fargo, Jaydin Howard, Lisbon; sister-in-law & brother-In-law: Glenda & Lloyd Klein; Nieces and Nephews: Lowell (Deb) Aman, Owen Aman, Nova Iszler, Julie Kautzmann, and Karyn (Robert) Finneseth. In her last 4 years, she had a special friend, Del, who was Milt’s life-long best friend and lifelong family friend. 

Welcoming her in heaven are her parents: Katie and Alfred; in-laws: William and Martha Mattis; husband: Milton; children: Debra, Lonn, LeDean, and Jacqueline; brother and sister-in-law: Ted and Verlene Aman. 


A celebration of life will take place at Bismarck Baptist Church, Friday, February 2, 2024 at 2 pm. Per her wishes, she has been cremated. Inurnment will take place at a later date. 

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