Lucille Mattis

Lucille Mattis

May 14, 1922 — Aug. 4, 2019

From Richland, WABorn in St. Boniface (Winnipeg) Manitoba, Canada

Lucille M. Mattis 

Lucille Marie Mattis of Richland passed away on August 4, 2019. She was born May 14, 1922 in St. Boniface (Winnipeg) Manitoba, Canada to Joseph and Eugenie Proulx.  In 1923 the family emigrated to the Mesabi Iron Range in northern Minnesota where her father worked in the mines along with many other immigrants. 

Lucille graduated from Horace Mann High School in Biwabik, Minnesota, in 1940. In 1941, after attending nearby Evelyth Junior College for one year, she moved to Washington, D.C., where she went to work as a stenographer in the War Department as a civilian employee of Army Intelligence. In 1942, she moved into the newly completed Pentagon where among other tasks she typed up the plans for Operation Torch - the invasion of North Africa – America’s first offensive campaign in the European Theater. 

In 1943, she was assigned to the Office of the Military Attache at the U.S. Legation in Pretoria, South Africa. She embarked from New York by ship along with other diplomatic personnel and a cargo of ammunition, was escorted by destroyers for protection from German submarines to the Panama Canal, and then traveled down the west coast of South America, around Cape Horn and then to Capetown. En route she met one of the ship’s mates, a Merchant Marine officer named West Mattis. When she left the ship in Capetown, they decided to write to one another and, after the war ended, they married in New York City on November 19, 1945. 

When West was transferred to a new homeport in San Francisco, Lucille worked for the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco until their son Tom was born in 1948. West subsequently left the Merchant Marine and, in 1950, the family moved to Pullman, Washington where he went to work at the Washington State College power plant. Son Jim was born in Pullman in 1950. 

In 1952, the family moved to Richland when West went to work at the Hanford site. Lucille worked variously for the US Army at Camp Hanford, the Richland School District and took time off to have a third son, Gerald, also born in Pullman in 1955. Lucille subsequently worked for the Atomic Energy Commission and managed office services for Vitro Engineering, completing her career as a contracts officer with Washington Public Power Supply System. Following her retirement she volunteered with the CHREST museum in Richland. 

Lucille’s husband West died in 1988. She is survived by son Gerald Mattis; son Jim Mattis; son Tom Mattis and daughter-in-law Thoa Pham; grandson Nathan Mattis; grandson Peter Mattis, grand-daughter-in-law Mai Mattis and great-grand-daughter Sophie Mattis. 

Lucille was a fiercely independent woman who exemplified the spirit of the women of her generation - shaped by the Great Depression, tempered and forever marked by their monumental contributions to our nation during the Second World War. She imparted to her family a love of reading and a curiosity about the world that endures. Our lives were shaped by her values and example and made richer by her having been among us. 

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made in Lucille's name to Planned Parenthood, the Union Gospel Mission or Meals on Wheels.


Guestbook for

Lucille Mattis


  • Dear Mrs. Mattis, I want to thank you and your family members for your service to this great country. We as Americans are truly blessed for your contributions and may GOD watch over you and your family. God bless ........... Sincerely, Kurk Watts

    Kurk Watts
    Aug. 13, 2019
    Pasco,WA
  • Dear General/Secretary Mattis and your entire family: Eathel and I send our sincere condolences and prayers at the death of your mother. Her life bears witness that she was a special woman and mother of strength, learning, leadership, and influence -- for her children and for her communities. May God's love, grace, peace, and perpetual light shine upon her through our risen Lord Jesus Christ, and may you one day be reunited together in Him (Rev 14:13 and 1 Thess 4:13-18). SEMPER FI and Vr, Bill Weimer, CAPT, CHC, USN (Ret) -- NAPS Chaplain 1981-1983

    Bill Weimer
    Aug. 13, 2019
  • It is with great sadness to learn of Lucille’s passing. It was my honor to have known her. I think back often about my first meeting her while I was door belling for an election. That chance meeting allowed me and many others to meet and become friends with her family. I enjoyed very much listening to her stories , she had many . All you had to do was get her started and she said she had a bad memory, ha. For a while I was privileged to be part of a group of marines and friends that would take her to Atomic Ale for beer and the best potato soup in Richland.. We should all be as independent and strong as she was when we get her age.

    Phillip Lemley
    Aug. 11, 2019
    Richland
  • You have given so much to this life, and now your home with the Lord.

    Randy Holman
    Aug. 10, 2019
    Richland Washington
  • Lucille was an incredible person to have had the opportunity to meet. She had a wealth of fascinating stories from her time overseas that I loved listening to and she was gracious enough to let a young grad student from Wyoming stay at her home during a memorable trip. Your family and Lucille are in our thoughts.

    Andy and Emily Burkhardt
    Aug. 10, 2019
    Lincoln, NE
  • Our most sincere condolences to the entire Mattis family. We were never privileged to know Lucille, but by knowing Jim and his love and devotion to her we got a glimpse into her greatness. She lived and extraordinary and long life, and was able to accomplish many things, but none more important than the love that we know she had for her family. What an incredible life to celebrate. May God bless you all.

    Mike and Pat Jones
    Aug. 10, 2019
    Apollo Beach, FL
  • Dear Jim and family, My heart felt emotions for you and wishes for your continued love and sharing with one another, especially now* I would hear of General Mattis' visits/trips home (while serving under Pres. Trump) and to the Spudnut shop. I'd always think, how does a man with such an important job find time to visit his mother, so often. Isn't it wonderful that he delighted his mother, even when he was SO Busy! Thank you for serving your family and our country. God knows best! With respect and care, Kathy E. Thompson

    Kathy
    Aug. 9, 2019
    Thompson
  • General Mattis, we are so sorry to hear of the loss of your mom, from all of us at Camp Patriot and the thousands of veterans that know you, please accept our deepest sympathy. We stand ready to help you in any way we can. Semper Fi and God bless you.

    Bill Clark Camp Patriot
    Aug. 9, 2019
    Yaak Montana
  • Truly a lady ahead of her time. A joy to have been able to get to know her and listen to the wonderful stories of her life’s experiences.

    Fay Gregory
    Aug. 9, 2019
    Richland, WA
  • Lou and I both worked with Lucille at Kaiser and remember her for her knowledge and competence but as a “just-getting-started” secretary, I got to know Lucille a little better. I still remember her recollection of the Jacaranda trees in South Africa. She couldn’t have those here, but I remember well her beautiful garden in Richland. Her observations also stuck with me over the years too. For example, she didn’t buy granola in the store – she made her own. And you never buy a book that you’re not going to read more than one time. I always smile when I think of her bright red telephone booth in the living room. She was very special. She won’t be forgotten.

    Helen and Lou LaDouceur
    Aug. 8, 2019
    Richland, WA
  • The family is in my thoughts and prayers.

    Colonel Jincy Hayes. USMC (retired)
    Aug. 8, 2019
    Western Kentucky
  • For me it was very special as well to listen to her stories about here time in DC. May you Rest In Peace ! Ann LeNoir August 7, 2010 Melbourne, Fl / Washington,DC

    Dr. Ann LeNoir
    Aug. 7, 2019
    Melbourne, Florida
  • Although I only knew Mrs. Mattis in her later years she was still a fascinating woman. A character of steel when needed, deep affection and a dry sense of humor.Thank you for the times you shared with me and all the wonderful history lessons. I will miss you deeply. I know you are off on a new adventure wearing beautiful shoes ( a private joke). Bless you for all you have done for your adopted nation through your work and the 3 great sons you raised.

    DiAnna Maxwell
    Aug. 7, 2019
    Kennewick
  • Jennifer and I only had the opportunity to meet Lucille one time but it was very special to sit and listen to her stories about working in the Pentagon and her time with the Army. Rest in peace Lucille with the lord jesus christ.

    Ken & Jennifer Dame
    Aug. 7, 2019
    Richland Wa
  • To the Mattis family: may God surround you with His love and peace - may angels surround your family. May you take joy in knowing that Lucille is in the arms of Jesus. May the memories of her life give you joy and solace at this time. God's blessings to you all. Joe Large'

    Joseph Large'
    Aug. 7, 2019
    Hopkinsville, Kentucky
  • My condolances to the Mattis family. May God bless and keep you during this time of great loss. Frank Ware, USAF First Sergeant, Retired

    Frank Ware
    Aug. 7, 2019
    Roanoke VA
  • It was a great honor and privilege to take care of Lucille Mattis., at RRC. I will always remember what a joy she was and a great conversationalist. Even though I didn't know her for very long, I will miss her gentle yet fighting spirit. She was and always will be a true inspiration to me. She will be greatly missed. I am sorry for the tremendous loss of Gerald's, Jim's and Tom's mother, however I am truly happy for their memories. May she truly rest in peace in the arms of our Lord.

    Andi Thelen
    Aug. 7, 2019
    Richland
  • To the Mattis Family, We are so sorry about the loss of Lucille. She was such a neat lady and always a bright spot in any room she entered. Heartfelt condolences, The Schumachers

    Nicole & Richard Schumacher
    Aug. 7, 2019
    West Richland, WA
  • Kitty and I were saddened to learn of the passing of your remarkable Mother. Her life must have been filled with joy and pride for all of the amazing contributions she was able to make during her 97 years. Our thoughts and prayers continue for you and your family. Kitty and George Flinn

    Kitty and George Flinn
    Aug. 7, 2019
    Overland Park, Kansas
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    John Butterfield
    Aug. 7, 2019
  • Deepest of sympathies to your family at this time of loss. Prayers for healing and peace.

    Holly & Greg Robinson
    Aug. 7, 2019
    Tampa Fl.
  • I am sorry to hear your family has to say good bye to your mother......how blest you were to have had her to love for so long.

    J.riad
    Aug. 7, 2019
    Pickering Ontario
  • Ii am very sorry for the loss of your mother. You have my deepest sympthany.

    Nancy McLeod, Past Cmdr VFW Post 7953
    Aug. 7, 2019
    Richland, WA
  • TO A VERY GREAT AND HUMBLE FAMILY THANK YOU FOR MAKING OUR LIVES BETTER, WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR YOUR FRIENDSHIP. TO MRS. MATTIS IN YOUR LIFE YOU HAVE TRAVELED THE WORLD AND ALONG THE WAY TOUCHED THE LIVES OF OTHERS WHO KEPT AMERICA STRONG TO THIS DAY. LUCILLE LONG AGO YOU WORKED WITH MY MOM AT THE CAMP HANFORD HOSPITAL SHE SPOKE OF YOU AND YOUR FRIENDSHIP. MY MOM ROSE HELPED TO DELIVER BABIES AND YOU KEPT THE HOSPTIAL ON TRACK. I KNOW YOU WILL BE SHARING MEMORIES WITH ROSE. JIM, TOM, AND GERALD ALL WERE GREAT BOMBERS AND THEY CONTINUE TO EXEMPLIFY YOUR LEGACY HERE AT HOME. GOD BLESS YOU.

    MIKE STECKLINE
    Aug. 7, 2019
    RICHLAND WA.
  • Lucille was a treasure! We so enjoyed her time and contributions at the CREHST Museum. May her family be comforted in knowing many people are thinking and praying for them.

    Terry Andre
    Aug. 7, 2019
    Kennewick
  • What an inspiration to us all. To the family, I'm very sorry for your loss.

    Lisa Reed
    Aug. 7, 2019
  • I loved this woman and am so very grateful for the time I was able to spend with her. My condolences to her sons and extended family, she was so very proud of you all and loved you to pieces. I will miss her company but know she is in a better place free of infirmity. Her life was a testament to all the young woman of this world of just what a strong woman can accomplish.

    Darena Ah Quin
    Aug. 7, 2019
    Sunnyside, WA
  • So sorry for your loss ! A very nice obit ! She certainly was a great Lady ! I appreciate her gifts to our Country, those she met, those she Loved ! Rest in Peace ,Dear Lady !

    Lloyd Campbell
    Aug. 7, 2019
    Kennewick, WA
  • I wish to offer condolences to the Mattis family. Lucille had a long and beautiful life. She was blessed to have a loving and devoted family. May you have the peace of knowing that you truly lived the heavenly law of honoring thy mother. The memory of her devotion to you will carry you through this difficult time. May God bless all of you and give you His peace.

    Gloria Hazlett
    Aug. 6, 2019
    Houston, Texas

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