Adeline (Addie) Rose Mathison was born June 22, 1938 in Wolf Point, MT to Robert and Agnes (Holoien) Rolfsen. Her father passed away when Addie was two years old. Ten years later, her mother married his brother, Arnt Rolfsen. She attended school in Malta, MT, and Fergus Falls, MN, graduating from Hillcrest Lutheran Academy in Fergus Falls in 1956. She enjoyed a number of summers on the shore of Lake Michigan. Addie attended a year of college at Michigan State University, and graduated from Moorhead State with an AA degree in Secretarial Science in 1958, after which she was the manager of a printing firm in Fargo, ND.
She married Luther A. Mathison on May 31, 1959 at Bethel Lutheran Brethren Church in Fergus Falls. The couple lived and farmed near Toronto, SD, from 1960 to 1970. While living on the farm, they had two boys and a girl. They returned to Fergus Falls when Lu entered the Lutheran Brethren Seminary, during which time Addie was employed by the Lutheran Brethren Publishing Company. They served churches in Edmonton, Alberta for five years and Fergus Falls for two years, the latter where Addie was employed as a secretary to the director of Lutheran Brethren World Missions. The couple then studied linguistics in Washington, French in France, and Fulani in Cameroon. Addie and Lu served with Lutheran Brethren World Missions in Cameroon for seventeen years developing an agricultural training program, and in Chad for three years helping launch a new ministry to Muslims. Addie taught Sunday School in Cameroon and trained Sunday School Teachers with a team of African pastors. They returned to the US and in July 2001, the couple began their ministry at Zion Lutheran Brethren Church in Maddock, ND, where Addie served in many leadership and service roles. She was also very active in many community organizations and events.
Addieâ€™s children and grandchildren were a great joy to her. Addie had a strong, child-like faith in Jesus Christ, and she served her Lord on three continents and in five countries. Her life verse was 1 John 5:13: I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. She will be remembered for her love of people, and her enjoyment of fun, games and song; she brought joy wherever she went. Above all, Addieâ€™s love, support and dedication to her husband, Luâ€”throughout their life together, and in their many ministries near and farâ€”will never be forgotten.
Addie was member of Pilots for Christ International and a charter member of The JT Rice North Dakota Chapter of Pilots for Christ.
Blessed be the memory of Adeline Rose Mathison.