Vivian Theresa (Terry) Mattson

Vivian Theresa (Terry) Mattson

Terry Mattson, 81, died November 12, 2020 at her home in Calera, Al.

Terry was a clinical therapist who specialized in child and family counseling.   She was the co-founder of the first Children’s Advocacy Center in Huntsville, Alabama (which has now been established nationwide).  After retirement, she loved traveling worldwide and working as a cast member at Disney World’s Animal Kingdom for four years.

Terry was a proud member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.  She was an accomplished pianist and organist.  She enjoyed quilting, sewing, gardening, music, and history.  Terry loved every moment with each of her grandchildren.

Terry was born February 6, 1939 in Latrobe, PA.  She was preceded in death by her parents, John M Cusick and Vivian A. Hauger; and her sister Marsha Chambers. Terry is survived by her husband Robert J. Mattson, married January 1,1984 and her sisters Mary Helen LaGreca (John), Johanna Beall (Jack), Jacquelyn Cusick; and her first husband Robert McGraw. She is also survived by her daughters Dianna Colligan (Robert), Mary Scales (Kelly), Aniko Snyder (Darin) and her sons Eugene McGraw (Janeth), Timothy McGraw (Gisele), Patrick McGraw (Kathyrn), Robert A. Mattson; and grandchildren Laura, Ethan, Emily, Maximillian, Hayden, Lauren, Saoirse, Oliver and Julian.

A graveside service will be held on Monday November 16th 10:15 at the Alabama National Cemetery.


  1. Norm & Pam Joy on November 14, 2020 at 11:09 am

    We are so sorry to hear of Terry’s passing. As a former neighbor for 15 years, you could always count on Terry’s friendship and help if needed.

  2. Linda Sinkula on November 15, 2020 at 9:05 am

    So sorry for your loss. Terry was always friendly to all she met. She spoke her mind when she needed to. A very lovely lady. Prayers to the family at this difficult time.

  3. Jacquelyn S Cusick on November 16, 2020 at 7:25 am

    Dear, Terry, there are so many memories I plan to hold precious in my mind: listening to you playing the piano, we girls laughing and dancing in the living room, your wonderful holiday meals, our trip to El Paso, and listening to you talk about your love for history. I’m sure you are enjoying heaven, obtaining answers to all of your history questions, and seeing the sites. Enjoy, Scotland! You made a difference for many families through your counseling practice. Love you, big sister! Jacque

    • Judy Fiske on December 1, 2020 at 3:53 pm

      So very sorry for your loss. Love Judy Fiske

  4. RICHARD WANAT on November 29, 2020 at 11:44 am

    Terry was a dear friend from our Huntsville years (1968-1972). Deepest sympathy to Robert and her children and grandchildren. I recall Terry’s spirited rendition of “Malagueña” on my piano.