Nadine Matson Heid

  • Nadine Matson Heid
    Nadine Matson Heid

Nadine Matson Heid of Plymouth, Michigan died peacefully on Monday, February 15, 2021. A private Mass was held on Friday, February 19, 2021 at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Plymouth. Burial followed at Rural Hill Cemetery, Northville, Michigan.

Nadine's life began on March 18, 1923 in Norse. She was the third of six children born to Effie Marie (Colwick) and Fred Lee Matson. She was baptized and confirmed at Our Saviors Lutheran Church, Norse and attended the Norse School. She cherished her Norwegian heritage and the memories of growing up on the family farm where she learned the value of hard work coupled with love and laughter. After graduating from Clifton High School Nadine pursued a career in nursing at St. Paul Hospital in Dallas.  As a registered nurse she enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed at Perrin Field in Sherman. It was there that Lieutenant Matson met U.S. Army Air Corp Captain Ralph Curtis Heid.  After an adventurous whirlwind courtship, they married on November 30, 1944. Following discharge from the Army they moved to Ralph's home state of Michigan where they raised their family. 

Nadine's dream to return to her Texas roots was realized when the retired Heids moved to Clifton. Here they enjoyed family and old friends while making many new friends. In Clifton they were members of Holy Angels Catholic Church and supporters of Our Saviors Lutheran Church, Norwegian Society of Texas, Ringness House Museum, Bosque Museum and Bosque Art Center. Nadine decided to return to Michigan when she was widowed and as her independence waned.

Preceding her in death was her husband of 65 years, Ralph C. Heid, Sr, and her parents and siblings; June, Lloyd, Jerry, James and Carol. 

Nadine is survived by 11 children (and their spouses) - Barbara (Gene Aars), Ellen (Stephen Elpern), Ralph, Jr. (Mary Lynn), Ann (Jeffrey Barstow), David, Nancy (Jack Lockwood), Mary Kaye (Richard Morse), Charlie (Beth), Tom (Alma), Jim, John (Irmita); 25 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren; cousins, nieces, nephews and a host of friends. 

Nadine lived a life rich with challenges yet rich in rewards.  She picked cotton, tended the sick, served in the military and saved lives. She nurtured, inspired and encouraged her children. She loved, comforted and prayed daily for her family, friends, neighbors and our country. She faithfully served her church and community. In the eyes of her family, Nadine Matson Heid was an incredibly remarkable woman. She made them better, she made the world better.

Memorials can be made to Our Saviors Lutheran Church, 152 CR 4145, Clifton, TX 76634 and Bosque Museum, PO Box 345, Clifton, TX 76634.