CLARION – Bethene Aloise Mattingly, 88, of Clarion passed away Sunday, January 12, 2014 at the Manly Nursing and Rehab Center.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at St. John’s Catholic Church, 608 2nd Avenue North East in Clarion, with Father Nils Hernandez officiating. Burial will be at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 from 5:00 7:00 PM at Ewing Funeral Home, 1801 Central Avenue East, in Clarion with a Rosary and Scriptural Wake service beginning at 7:00 PM. Visitation will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday.

Bethene Aloise (Faulkner) Mattingly, the daughter of Floyd and Hazel (Schweppe) Faulkner was born on September 28, 1925 on the family farm near Vincent. Bethene graduated from Eagle Grove High School in 1943 and completed the required course work to be a teacher.

On June 28, 1947, Bethene was united in marriage to Bernard Mattingly at St. John’s Catholic Church in Clarion. They made their home in Clarion where they raised their family.

Bethene taught country school for several years. She was a stay-at-home mom while she raised her family, and later worked at Tompke’s Drug Store, the Fashionette and the Corner Boutique.

Bethene was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church in Clarion, where she was very active. She was a member of Catholic Daughters of America, Clarmond Country Club, T.T.T. and multiple card clubs.

Those left to cherish her memory are her two daughters, Kathryn (Gary) Bessman of Alden and Kelley (Tim) O’Keefe of Manly; four grandchildren, Megan, Molly, Kathleen and Conor O’Keefe of Manly; sister Dorothy Dahlgren of Algona; brothers Max (Marjorie) Faulkner of Osceola, Roger (Marilyn) Faulkner of Iowa Falls, and Lyle Faulkner of Webster City; sister-in-law Emily Harris of Clarion; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Bethene was preceded in death by her husband Bernard on January 22, 2002; her parents, Floyd and Hazel Faulkner, her in-laws Daniel Owen and Nellie Mattingly; brothers-in-law Robert Harris and Lyle Dahlgren.