Jodie Lynn Mathison

Jodie Lynn Mathison, age 36, of Alameda, CA, died April 24, 2010, at the Alameda Hospital surrounded by her family and close friends.

Jodie was born February 22, 1974, in Omaha, NE, to Charles and DeMaris (Paulson) Mathison. When Jodie was two years old, the family moved to Marshalltown, IA, where Jodie received her primary and secondary education.

Jodie's primary education was received at Clemons Lutheran School. During high school at Marshalltown High she was active in debate, mock trial, tennis and band. She attended Central College in Pella, IA, and after taking a year off to teach street kids in Zimbabwe she received a bachelor of arts degree in secondary education.

Following graduation, she moved to California, where she found a job as a teacher's aide. She attended Holy Names University and received a master's degree in special education while working as a special education teacher. Jodie became a principal at age 26. Following stints as principal at two special education schools, she served as marketing director at one of the schools. She graduated with an MBA, at the top of her class, from Dominion College.

Jodie loved the challenge of working with children with learning disabilities. She was a real people person and enjoyed being with family and friends. Her enthusiasm and positive attitude were with her right through her final struggle with cancer. She will be remembered for her smiling face, frequent laughter, and love of life and people.

Grateful for having shared her life are her mother and step-father, DeMaris and Erv Nesheim, Hill City, SD; her brother and sister-in-law, Jason and Mary Mathison, Indianapolis, IN; her paternal grandmother, Julia Mathison, Rapid City; SD, three step-brothers, Travis, Dan and Dennis Nesheim; her step-sister, Andrea Nesheim-Hammer; several aunts and uncles, and numerous cousins.

She was preceded in death by her father, Charles G. Mathison; her paternal grandfather, Matthew Mathison; her maternal grandparents, Kristian and Evelyn Paulson (Philip, SD); and a cousin, Jeff Newman.

A celebration of life service will be held 11:00 p.m., Saturday, May 15, 2010, at Outlaw Ranch, Custer, SD. A lunch will be served following the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to Lutherans Outdoors of S.D.'s Campership Program.