“Life’s a beach, and I’m just playing in the sand.” ~ Marina Mattison

Marina Kay Mattison, 27, earned her angel wings on June 21, 2022, at home surrounded by family and friends. She fought a courageous battle with cancer for several weeks after giving birth to her beautiful baby girl, Mila Kay.

Marina was born March 30, 1995, to Jon and Peggy (Brown) Mattison and was the big sister to Jana. She graduated from Chippewa Falls Senior High School in 2013 and received her Bachelor of Science in Vocational Rehabilitation, Independent Living from the University of Wisconsin – Stout in 2017.

In her younger years, she spent time with her sister running around with the neighborhood kids, playing games like Kick the Can. Then she’d sneak away to her grandparents’ house, which was just next door. It was her second home, and she enjoyed their compassion and care, and getting spoiled by them.

Marina enjoyed being part of a team, playing softball for 13 years, basketball for 8 years, and throwing for track and field during high school. She stayed active as part of Stout’s University Recreation refereeing staff and participated in several bar leagues for volleyball and softball. During the summer, she’d often find herself floating down the river or enjoying a leisurely cruise on the pontoon.

Music was a critical part of Marina’s life. Whether she was singing at the dining room table, enjoying a live concert or music festival, or just sitting around a bonfire, music was always close by. She especially treasured her dad’s guitar music and singing.

Time with family and friends was something Marina loved. And just like her mom, Marina liked to shop and chat with friends. She’d stop by for visits just to say hi, inquire how everyone was doing, and pay special attention to their pets. When she could, she enjoyed traveling to different locales, especially the beach.

When Marina had free time, she would spend it with friends at the bar dancing and singing. In the fall, she would go into the woods to hunt deer, often with her dad. She also had a wild side that led to the purchase of a motorcycle, which her dad encouraged.

Many friends and family will miss her witty and sassy sense of humor, including: parents Jon and Peggy (Brown) Mattison; sister Jana (Quinton); daughter Mila; boyfriend Layne McRoberts; grandfather Dennis Brown; aunts and uncles Dean and Sandy Mattison (godparents), Mike and Lynn Mattison, Vicki Mattison, Dan and Jill Mattison, Scott Mattison (Brian), Susie Brown; 14 cousins; 19 second cousins; and countless friends.

Several loved ones were awaiting her Heavenly arrival, especially: grandparents Harland and Audrey Mattison, and Mary Brown; cousins Bryan Mattison and Garrett Tio.

Marina was an inspiration to a lot of people, and this is how they described her: loving, kind, amazing, inclusive, courageous, empathetic, strong, a beautiful light in the world, sarcastic, selfless, wild, carefree, fun, supportive, funny, genuine, sweet, sassy, feisty, spunky, witty, and an individual that wanted to make the world simply a better place. And of course, who could forget her laugh – or snort!?

Marina lived a life full of love, friendship, and cherished memories. Her kind soul welcomed everyone and encouraged those she met to live life to the fullest and a half. Marina’s light and legacy will live on through her baby girl.

The visitation will be held from 4pm to 7pm on Wednesday, June 29, 2022, at Central Lutheran Church, 28 E. Columbia Street, Chippewa Falls.

The tropical* Celebration of Life will be held at 12pm on Thursday, June 30, 2022, at Central Lutheran Church, 28 E. Columbia Street, Chippewa Falls, with a visitation beginning at 11am. The private interment will be at Forest Hill Cemetery, 514 E. Columbia, Chippewa Falls.

*Tropical attire requested. Marina loved being at the beach.


  1. We are so sorry for your loss. Please know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. May her beautiful spirit live on through Mila.

  2. Sending all my love – I never met Marina, but I know she was incredible the way Peggy talked about her. Her spirit will for sure live on through Mila. 🖤

  3. I am so very sorry for your loss. My mother (Valoris Johnson-Nichols) and Harland were cousins. May God wrap his loving arms around those left behind and give them peace and comfort during this very sad time. I will have yous in my prayers. God Bless from family from Shell Lake, then Chicago and now Michigan.

  4. Jon, Peggy, Jana, Layne and families…I am so heartbroken to hear of Marina’s cancer struggle and passing. There are not words that come to mind that may make you feel better, but hopefully the memories, hugs and messages of support share the love we all feel for you. Baby Mila Kay is such a blessing and watching her grow will bring sunshine in your life as you see bits of Marina in her.

    May God hold you so close in his loving arms and give you the strength to carry on during this challenging time.


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