In Loving Memory of Mattie Marsella Laughlin
October 25, 1928 – April 18, 2021
Last updated 4/27/2021 at 2:19pm
Mattie Marsella Laughlin, 92, beloved mother and a grand matriarch, was called to her eternal resting place on April 18, 2021. She entered this world on October 25, 1928, in Vicksburg, Miss., born to Wilson Phenix and Johnnie Givens-Phenix. She is preceded in death by her husband Charles, son Gregory and eight siblings; survived by brother Clifton Washington, her daughters Norma Forrest and Debra Curtis, sons Gerald, Dwaine, Ronald, Rance, Derrick and a host of grand, great-grand and great-great-grandchildren.
In her early years, Mattie was called upon by her grandmother Mattie Givens to manage the family's farm and lumber business while also assisting her mother in raising her nine other siblings. She met Charles Laughlin and soon after on June 12, 1955, they married. Seven children followed, and in October 1966, Mattie and Charles put their permanent stakes down in Security, Colorado. Mattie became a tireless leader, union officer and civil service worker at Fort Carson while Charles was stationed elsewhere many times as they raised their family. After 21 years of devotion and service to this country, both retired from civil service in the early 1990s, becoming doting grandparents to flocks of children.
Mattie was a lover of dogs, an avid reader and puzzle solver, dedicated follower of historic TV series - Knight Rider, Mannix, Mission Impossible, Hawaii Five-O and CSI, among others; her love for music spanned from southern rock to country music with greats like Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR John Fogerty) and the man in black, Johnny Cash.
Jesus was her savior. A devout Roman Catholic in her early years and as a mother taking her kids to church on Sundays and midnight masses through the years, she continued to practice her faith bed ridden in her final years. Her loving resilience and strong will continues to inspire her children and their offspring to persevere in life; she truly was a phenomenal woman.
A viewing is scheduled for Wednesday, April 28, from 3-6 p.m. at Angelus Chapel Funeral Directors & Crematory, 1104 S. Circle Drive in Colorado Springs.
Church services will be held at St. Dominic Catholic Church, 5354 S. Hwy 85, in old Security, Monday, May 3, at 11 a.m. Internment follows at Pikes Peak National Cemetery, 10545 Drennan Road southeast of Colorado Springs.