Posted: January 9th, 2020


CLARA ACKROYD MATKIN SPACKMAN, beloved wife of the late Grant Matkin and after his passing the late Fred Spackman, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 8, 2020, in Cardston, AB, a few days before her 96th birthday.

Clara is survived by her 6 children, Jim (Cheri) Matkin of Vancouver, B.C., Kathy (Alan) Palmer, of Cardston, Tom (Betty) Matkin of Cardston, Phil (Eileen) Matkin of Calgary, Shelley (Mark) Peterson of Rigby, Idaho, and Lisa (Greg) Maxwell of Magrath and by 28 grandchildren and 72 great grandchildren and was predeceased by her husbands, her 8 siblings and one grandchild.

Clara was born in Magrath and raised on a family farm in Hartley, AB. She attended high school in Cardston where she met and married Grant Matkin. She and Grant had a happy marriage and raised their children to love the Lord and serve others. She loved the outdoors, hiking and fishing and later became an avid golfer and liked to compete with her friends. She had a passion for life and lately stayed active doing quilting, pottery, needlework of all sorts, handicrafts and jig saw puzzles right up to the end. After Grant’s passing in 2001 she served a mission and then married Fred and they enjoyed five years of sweet companionship until his death in 2008.

Throughout her life she was a devoted and faithful member, teacher, leader and missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She set a wonderful example for her posterity and her positive smiling disposition will be happily remembered and deeply missed by her many friends and family. “REMEMBER WHO YOU ARE!”

Friends may meet the family at the Legacy Funeral Home on Sunday, January 12th, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. or at the Church on Monday, January 13th from 12 to 12:45 p.m. prior to the Service. The Funeral Service will be held in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Cardston, Alberta Stake Centre (338 5th Ave. E.) in Cardston on Monday, January 13th, at 1:00 p.m. Interment in the Cardston Cemetery.

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