Patricia Halloran Matheson
Patricia Halloran Matheson
  • July 15, 1923 - August 4, 2017
  • Carmel, California

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Patricia H. Matheson, 94, of Carmel passed away peacefully Friday, August 4, following complications from a stroke. She drew her final breaths at home, surrounded by her children, as the nearby roses, picked from the bushes her husband tended for many years, shed their petals. Born July 15, 1923 in Manila, Philippines, she was one of two children of Army Colonel Michael E. Halloran and Ethel Brewster Halloran. A daughter of the US Army, and an accomplished horsewoman in her youth, she graduated from Florida State College for Women with a degree in psychology, and was a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority. While completing her Master's degree in Social Work at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, she reluctantly attended a party where she met and fell in love with a decorated Army major who would become her cherished husband of 57 years until his death in 2005, Major General Salve H. Matheson (US Army, Ret.). In 1975, after many tours of duty, moving almost every year as they traveled the world, Mat and Pat retired to Carmel where they had spent their honeymoon in 1947. Pat was an enthusiastic docent for the Monterey Museum of Art and a devout Lay Carmelite for many years. She and Mat enjoyed their daily walks at Carmel River State Beach, their rose garden, and entertaining friends and family. A warm, vivacious, and impeccable hostess, a kind, generous, and devoted friend, and an avid reader of biographies, history, obituaries, and daily newspapers she will be sorely missed by her three children, Catherine Wallace (La Canada, CA), Michael Matheson (Carmel, CA) and Molly Matheson (Sebastopol, CA), her beloved four grandchildren, William, Mat, Emma, and Michaela, and a sister, Ann Roy Poindexter (Anniston, AL). The family wishes to thank the ever resourceful Shirley Kiatta and Gail Goodenow, VNA Hospice, the wonderful Halo caregivers who so respectfully cared for her in her last weeks and especially Lola Santana, whose love and care made it possible for her to remain in her home these last years. A mass intention will be held on Saturday, August 26 at 8:00 am, at the Carmelite Monastery in Carmel. Burial will take place at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. The family asks that any memorial contributions be made to the Carmelite Monastery, 27601 Highway One, Carmel, CA 93923. Please visit to sign Pat's guestbook and leave messages for her family.Arrangements under the direction of The Paul Mortuary, Pacific Grove, CA.