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After tragic death of mother, account set up to send son to college


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Family said Heather Matteson fiercely loved her son Titus, and that her biggest dream was to see him graduate college. Follow this link to donate to help send Titus to college. 


Amy Sassman describes her sister as strong - a tiger mom. A passionate, loving wife – but Pickens resident Heather Matteson’s life was cut short after her unexpected death earlier this month. 

Now her family is reaching out to the community to help to send her and her husband’s 17-year-old son to college.

“Heather’s biggest dream, goal, was to see Titus graduate high school and move on to college and graduate,” Sassman said. “Heather worked diligently to get scholarships for Titus to get him started in the fall. She was so excited. So, so excited. She loved her son with every bit of her being. She loved her husband Adam with passion like no other. They were her world and she was their world.”

  Matteson, just 41, passed away on February 7 after struggling with autoimmune hepatitis, when the body’s immune system attacks the liver, and sclerosing cholangitis, a disease that damages bile ducts. Her death followed an Endoscopic 

Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ENRC) procedure the day before. 

“I am shocked to my core,” her husband Adam wrote on Facebook just before funeral arrangements were announced. “She was a woman of honor. Help me honor her and say goodbye.”

In addition to owning A and M Rain Gutters together, Heather and Adam enjoyed hobbies as a couple as well. The Mattesons appeared in reality television shows Redneck Rehab and The Marriage Ref together, as well as in Fast & Furious 5. Heather had a role in Drop Dead Diva and Double Divas, as well as the TLC show Pooh Bear. They were married 19 years. 

“My sister was a special woman,” Sassman said. “We will forever miss her. Her entire family misses her. We hold fast knowing we are going to see her again one day….From here we will pick up and use what she taught all of us and never quit. The passing of my gorgeous and brave sister has been shocking and difficult to so many people. We will honor her legacy and see her wishes are done.” 

In his posts on social media, Adam also said his wife’s dearest wish was to see their son through college. Titus has been accepted to Reinhardt University where he will begin in the fall and has already earned a $5,000 scholarship. He wants to become a veterinarian. The family has set up a GoFundMe account to raise money for additional college expenses.  

“Let's honor her memory by helping her to achieve his dreams,” the family writes on the fundraising site. “She was a light in a dark room for all her family and friends. So, if you can, please donate. All funds go directly to Titus.”

If you would like to donate, you can find the “Help Send Titus to College” page on