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Isabel Carolina (Gallego) Mathieson
November 20, 1940 ~ December 17, 2023 (age 83) 83 Years Old
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Isabel Carolina Mathieson, affectionately known as Chacha, passed away on December 17, 2023, at the age of 83, in Cornville, Arizona. She was born on November 20, 1940, in Jerome, Arizona to her parents Isabel M. Gallego and Francisco R. Gallego. Chacha was a third-generation Arizonan and cherished her roots in the Verde Valley.
Chacha had a remarkable life filled with various accomplishments and passions. She embarked on a successful career in city and county government. Alongside her professional endeavors, Chacha devoted herself to raising her family and exploring her artistic inclinations. Three years before retiring, she finally pursued her lifelong desire to learn about stained glass art. This introduction led her to discover fused glass, also known as kiln-formed glass, which ignited her true passion.
Upon retirement, Chacha's children having grown, she returned to her roots in the Verde Valley. She transformed a section of her garage into a glass art studio, where she continued to educate herself by attending numerous workshops, honing her skills, and exploring new techniques. Chacha developed her own distinctive style and began to include metal clays to accent her glass art jewelry, which she showcased as a member of the Jerome Artists Cooperative, where she sold her artwork. Her dedication to her craft remained strong until a couple of months before her passing.
Chacha's memory will forever be cherished by her children, Jeanette, and Russ, as well as her beloved grandchildren, Isabella and Rowan. She leaves behind a legacy of creativity and artistic expression that will continue to inspire.
To honor Chacha's remarkable life, her family is planning a celebration of her life in early spring 2024. Details regarding the date and location will be shared once they are secured. The family warmly invites anyone who knew Chacha to attend and share their stories, memories, and experiences in remembrance of her vibrant spirit.
Chacha's presence in the lives of those who knew her will be deeply missed, but her artistic legacy and the memories she created will endure for generations to come.