In Loving Memory: Betty Ann (Franz) Mattz

Betty Ann (Franz) Mattz

Betty Ann (Franz) Mattz went to be with her Lord on Saturday, January the 11th, 2014. Betty was born in Chicago Heights, Illinois on September 26, 1928 to Ernest and Margret Franz. Betty eventually moved to Lafayette, Indiana where she grew up on the family farm with her 15 brothers and sisters. In 1955, Betty graduated from nursing school. In 1964, Betty and her sister Sandy drove from Indiana to California in her brother’s Nash rambler.  Betty had been hired over the phone by Dr. Sattler after a verbal recommendation by her good friend Joan Rutt.  Both her and Joan arrived in Hoopa during the 1964 flood and were air lifted into Hoopa to help with disaster relief; Betty never left.  She worked for several years at the Hoopa Medical Center where she eventually met her sweetheart Phillip in the emergency room.  They were married on March 26th 1966 in Reno, Nevada.  Betty was a very confident and professional nurse she was on her feet from the start of her shift to the end. She was very kind hearted and gave without thinking.  She loved being a nurse except when it came to giving shots to her many nieces and nephews. Many of her former patients still recall fond memories of Betty and her smiling face and loving words.  Betty affectionately remembered the house calls she made with Dr. Ricklefs and the wonderful people she met, many who paid in canned or baked goods. Betty had several baskets and necklaces she received from patients for her kindness; she semi-retired in 1996, devoting more of her time to help raise her grandson Manuel. She continued to work part-time with Dr. Stokes as an O.B. nurse until “really” retiring in 2009 at age 80. Betty enjoyed reading mysteries and novels such as The Great Gatsby, Dracula, 1984 and Uncle Tom’s Cabin.  She loved watching CSI, doing crossword puzzles, and was an avid gardener growing some big pumpkins and beautiful roses.

Betty is survived by her husband Phillip, her sons Tony Mattz and wife Earlene; and Victor Mattz all of Hoopa; her daughter Laura Franz Harrell and husband Clarence of Virginia; grandson Manual Mattz of Hoopa; granddaughters Lynn Harrell; Jolean McNabb and husband Rob; Shelia Carver and husband Bill; great-grandsons Corwyn Carver, Joseph McNabb; and great-granddaughter Cali Kae McNabb of Virginia.

Sisters Maggie Dickson and husband Art of Hoopa; Marian Mattz of Hoopa, Lisette Davis of Redding; and 15 birth siblings consisting of 9 sisters who are: Lois Allen, Margaret Campbell, Barbara Jean Bush, Lillian Joyce DeRosa, Loretta Lee Baker, Sandra Lee Coruccice, Donna Jean Barkley, Sharon Ann, and Hope Allen; and 5 Brothers who are: Ernest Franz Jr., Edward Ernest Franz, Calvin Joseph Franz, Jimmy Francis Franz, and Wayne Douglas Franz; Numerous nieces and nephews, many friends dear to her heart and her precious Sunday School Students.  Three of Betty’s siblings traveled from Texas to be with us today.

Betty was proceded in death by her parents Ernest and Margret Franz, father and mother in law, Manuel and Pauline Mattz, and brother Manuel “Skeezix” Mattz. Services will be on Thursday, January 16th at 11:00 am at the Neighborhood Facilities in Hoopa, officiated by Shane McCullough. Burial will be at the Mattz Family Ranch on Bald Hill. Reception will follow at the Hoopa Community center located on Loop road.

Pallbearers are Sam Campbell, Harold Campbell, John Mooney, James Mooney, Mike Davis, Leslie Starritt, Harwood Starritt, Sam Jones, and Warren Anawalt. Honorary Pallbearers will be George Moon, Bernie Davis, Art Dickson, Jude Hostler, William Hostler, Jed Morris, Kenny Mattz, Raymond Mattz, Gene Marshall, Ralphy Peters, Chucky Carpenter, Greg Nelson, Devon Mooney, Jordan Mooney, Sherman Norton, Notchko McCovey, Joe “LJ” James, Vic Dobrec, Nah-Tes “Honey Man” Jackson, Mack McCullough, and Dr. Emmit Chase.

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February 14th, 2014

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