Sally Jo Olson, 73, of Hayden, Idaho, passed away in her home May 31, 2019.

Sally was born April 3, 1946, to James Forrest and Olive Loraine Olson. She grew up in Pullman on her family’s farm. She graduated from Pullman High School in 1964. On Sept. 10, 1965, she married Michael J Hatley. Eventually they made their home outside Pullman, they raised two daughters, then later divorced in 1979. She worked at WSU until 1983, when she moved to Illinois where she met and married Carl Anthony Matherson. In 1992, she moved back to what she called “God’s County” and settled in Hayden, Idaho, where she finally retired on her 70th birthday.

Sally Jo was considered the matriarch of the family; she had a love for life and wisdom beyond her years. She loved making people smile and her laugh was infectious.

She is survived by her husband Carl Anthony Matherson; two daughters Dawn (Rustie) Irby, of Coeur d’Alene and Stacy (Tadd) Davis, of Colfax; two step-sons Brian (Brittany} Matherson, of Lena, Ill. and Daniel (Mirella) Matherson, of Buckeye, Ariz.; her sister Janet (Bill) Sommers, of Bayview, Idaho; two nieces; eleven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Sally’s memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, June 15, at English Funeral Chapel, 1133 N. Fourth St, Coeur d Alene, Idaho. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Kootenai Humane Society, P.O. Box 1005, Hayden, ID 83835.

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