Joan Marilyn Mattingly


Joan Marilyn Mattingly died peacefully at home in Council Bluffs, Iowa on March 25, 2020.

Born May 30, 1934, near Atlantic, Iowa, Joan was raised in Neola, Iowa. Joan graduated second in her class from St. Patrick’s High School in Neola, Iowa.


She met her future husband, George Mattingly, while a senior in high school, and he was living in Underwood, Iowa. They met after church at St. Pat’s in Neola.
George and Joan began their married life in a small trailer that they would move from town to town, as they relocated frequently due to his work. As the number of children grew, they realized they wanted to have a more permanent address. They settled in Centerville, Iowa.

In each town where they lived, Joan and George joined the Catholic Church. Joan found companionship and comfort in her faith. In 1968, living in Centerville, Iowa, Joan became a member of the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (DCCW). Through the years she served in many leadership roles. In 1975, Joan began attending NCCW conventions. Through her travels for the NCCW and DCCS she met Barbara Bush and Mother Teresa and visited Rome where she attended a Mass officiated by Pope John Paul II.


Joan was a very active member at her church in Centerville, where she became good friends with many of the Precious Blood Society priests and joined the Precious Blood Companions. She was a Communion minister and a lector. Joan participated in church choirs throughout her life and loved to sing!

In 2010, Joan moved to Council Bluffs, Iowa, to be closer to family.

Joan was preceded in death by her husband, George Mattingly, and her sons Phillip Mattingly and Jeffrey Mattingly. She is survived by seven of her children; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; her brother, Michael Loney, her sisters-in-law, Luci Loney, Joan Mattingly and Jane Cataldo, and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Centerville, Iowa.

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