Margaret Teresa Mates, 1929 ~ 2012

Margaret Teresa Salmon Mates died peacefully April 26, 2012 after a long illness.

She was born Jan. 18, 1929 in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Marguerite Agnes McLane Salmon and John J. (Jack) Salmon. She graduated from South High School in 1947.

Teresa met Robert R. (Bob) Mates at the University of Utah Newman Club and they married on July 7, 1948. Teresa and Bob moved around to various small mining towns in the first years of their marriage, and began raising a family. They settled in Moab, Utah, for four years during the 1950s, and eventually returned to Salt Lake City in 1960, where their family grew to six children. Teresa was active in St. Ambrose Catholic Church and her children’s school, social, recreation and sports activities. When her children grew bigger, Teresa returned to work as a secretary, including 14 years at the U of U Eccles Health Sciences Library.

Teresa loved babies and children, flower gardening, the beauty of her Wasatch Mountains and occasional travel adventures. She was proud of her Irish heritage and ancestry. We will remember her most for her easy smile, her ready laugh, her kindness and her ability to appreciate the best in the people she met. And did we mention she really loved children and babies?

She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Catherine; and her husband, Bob Mates. She is survived by her children, Dan Mates, Betsy (Grover) Thompson, Char Mates, Ben Mates (Silvana Contreras), Marty (Alejandra) Mates, and Andy Mates; her grandchildren, Matt (Rachel) Kitterer, Kelley Kitterer (Dave Myers), Ashley (Shawn) Pitts, Trevor Mates, Katherine Thompson, Ariane Mates, Phillip Mates, Alec Mates, Lucas Mates and Camila Mates; and great-grandchildren, Julia Kitterer, Emily Kitterer, Estella Myers, Leo Court and Madison Pitts.

Our deep gratitude goes to the staff of St. Joseph Villa and Care Source Hospice for their outstanding care and service.

A funeral mass was celebrated on Monday, April 30 at St. Ambrose Catholic Church. A vigil service was held Sunday, April 29 at Neil O’Donnell and Sons Mortuary. Committal was at Mt. Calvary Catholic Cemetery, 4th Avenue and T Street.

Email condolences to [email protected]

Donations in Teresa’s memory can be made to organizations that support Alzheimer’s research, children’s literacy or world peace.