Carol M. Fossum


Carol M. (Matuska) Fossum, 82, passed away on Saturday, May 2, 2020, of natural causes.

Visitation will be 6 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 6, at Bell Mortuary, in Glasgow, Mont., with the Rosary being prayed at 7 p.m.

A funeral Mass will held 10 a.m., Thursday, May 7, at St. Raphael's Catholic Church. A private burial will be later in Highland Cemetery.

She was born to Ernest William and Angeline (Caba) Matuska on Dec. 20, 1937, in Tabor, S.D. She was the third youngest of seven children.

She attended school in Fort Peck, Mont., before transferring to Glasgow where she graduated from Glasgow Senior High School in 1955.

After graduation, she began working within the community. She spent most of her time working at The Glasgow Courier before meeting her husband, Orville Gayle Fossum. From there she was able to stay at home taking care of her children (Scott, Steve, and Julie) and helping with the family business; Fossum Ready Mix.

Carol's life was packed to the brim with activities. There was truly never a dull moment. She was an avid softball player and water skier in the summer. She proudly served as an election official for Valley County and the Glasgow School System. Garage sales were an absolute must that were strategically planned every weekend. Daily post office and mail runs occurred between episodes of "Days of Our Lives," waiting for grandkids to get done with school, and getting busy cleaning her house.

She was the biggest supporter of her grandkids; attending any and every event she possibly could. She loved to travel and toured many places with her sister, Judy. She enjoyed planting flowers in the spring. She enjoyed walking at the Civic Center followed by coffee at Flicks with her friends. She never went a day without picking up a Good Evening Glasgow (GEG) or a Wednesday without picking up a Courier. She never hesitated to speak her mind or give anyone some "much needed" advice.

Carol is preceded in death by her husband Orville Fossum; parents Ernest and Angeline Matuska; three sisters, Rita Nicol, Peggy (Margaret) Pederson and Ruth Matuska; and one brother, Jim Matuska.

She is survived by three children, Scott (Karleen) Fossum, Steve (Janel) Fossum and Julie (Mike) Fairclough, all of Glasgow; nine grandchildren, Ashley (Grant) Burgess, Shelby, Chase, Keely, Teagan and Kaden Fossum, Tavia, Britten and Lexten Fairclough; two great-grandkids, Kase and Tavin; one sister, Judy Matuska; one brother, Tom Matuska; and honorary grandkids Kristen and Sarah Waarvik.

The family would like to thank the staff at Valley View Home and Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital for all the care that they have given. Our family truly could not have gotten through it without each and everyone of you.

"Look out Orville, here she comes!"

In lieu of flowers or if you would like to make a donation in Carol's name, two of her loves were the Valley County HOPE Project or Friends of the Valley County Pool.

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