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Ann Mallett August 14, 1923 - November 5, 2020

Ann Margaret Mallett  August 14, 1923-November 5, 2020

Ann passed away in Boise, Idaho at the age of 97 and will be missed by her family and all that knew her. Ann was born in Seattle, Washington to Norwegian immigrants and grew up in the Ballard area in a house her father built. She graduated from Ballard High School and soon after worked for the telephone company. Ann married Tom Matthews toward the end of World War II and soon after had two daughters, Sherry and Patricia.
Like most women of her era, she was a homemaker. But, she had an artistic talent that she pursued whenever she could. She was a very good portrait artist and had times been different, she would have followed that dream. Ann worked at the 1962 Seattle Worlds Fair doing quick portraits, which earned enough money to buy her first car.
She loved the independence that gave her.
During her life, she loved traveling. Hawaii was one of her favorites along with many cruises with her second husband, Charles Mallett. She also took several long trips to Norway to visit with her extended family there.
Ann, was preceded in death by her father Fred Martinson, her mother Laura Draagen Martinson, brother Stanly and sister Esther.
She is survived by her daughters, Sherry Neifert (Dennis), Patricia Kane (Michael).
Grandchildren: Dan Neifert(Michelle), Jennifer Neifert, Sarah Williams (Teo), Kelly Ann Malfettone (Tom), and 8 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by two cousins in Norway, Beate Lysgaard ,Elfrid Gausetvik and all the extended family there.
The family wants to say a special thank you to all the caregivers at Plantation Place.
Because of your TLC, Ann had joy and dignity in the last years of her life. We are forever grateful.


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    Diane Shaw says

    Lovely obituary. Sherry and I were BFF’s in high school (and are still good friends!). The first memory I think of is seeing her Mom at the World’s Fair doing portraits. As I recall the artists all wore smocks and little berets, I was so impressed! I know she leaves wonderful memories from a full life and will be sorely missed.

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      Karen Phillips says

      Beautiful picture of your Mom I see you in it
      I met her afew times in highschool at your house. You have some wonderful memories and some of them you shared with us on FB ?

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    Gail Cushman says

    What an amazing woman…and the smile in this picture says it all. Thank you for sharing. Gail

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    Leslie Osgood says

    My condolences to your family. Ann was an integral part of our Architectural program at Seattle central community college in the 1970’s. All of her classmates were several years younger than her, but she fit right in with all of us. We had a class reunion in 1981 and most of our class came. We just fell into how we were when we were all together. I still see/hear from a few of the people in the class. Ann made a huge contribution to all of us.

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