Former Jackson resident Beth Overcast Matney died unexpectedly from natural causes May 19. She was 82. Her family provided the following.
To know Beth was to know an adventurous soul who lived each day to its fullest. She came from humble beginnings, growing up with her parents, Drew and Leona Sayer, and two brothers in Salmon, Idaho, where her father farmed potatoes.
She graduated from Salmon High School, then began college, studying interior decorating and raising her children with her husband Dick Overcast. She had an amazing talent for making everything she touched beautiful using her positive attitude and eye for color.
Opportunity took the family to Las Vegas. Even though Beth was far from her hometown in the mountains, she flourished, building many lifelong friendships. The family moved from the chaos and turmoil of Las Vegas to the Teton Mountains of Jackson in 1971.
Beth traded her sun bonnet for a ski hat and threw herself into the role of “ski team mom” for a rowdy bunch of kids that brought her much joy and many laughs. After her family grew up, Beth turned her attention to her passion for art and beauty. She built Center Street Gallery from the ground up and managed the gallery as a successful independent businesswoman on Town Square. She was an advocate for the arts and was instrumental in the creation of the Fall Arts Festival in Jackson. She served on the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce and the board of First Interstate Bank.
In her free time Beth was an avid outdoorswoman. She loved hiking, skiing and scuba diving and dove into any new adventure headfirst with energy and enthusiasm. She enjoyed playing bridge, sipping a scotch and water and entertaining friends and family. Some of her best laughs came from her beloved bridge group, the Trumpettes.
Beth retired and moved back to Idaho, where she met her “Idaho farm boy,” Bill Matney. Beth and Bill had a passion for travel and adventure. They split their time between Boise and Mesa, Arizona. They could often be found traveling in their motor home exploring America.
Beth rejoined the Lord after the heart that we loved so much gave out.
Beth was preceded in death by her parents, Drew and Leona Sayer, and her brother Steve Sayer.
Beth is survived by her husband Bill Matney (and family); her brother Ron Sayer (and family); her children Dru (Brian) Graham, Susan Overcast, Jami Overcast and Mike (Jennifer) Overcast; grandchildren Kristin Knowles, Taylor Graham, Jordan Graham and Lily Overcast; and great-grand child Marli Knowles.
A celebration of life will be held at noon June 15 in the Grandview Room at Teton Pines. A light lunch and beverages will be provided. RSVP to email@example.com.