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Barbara J. Meats

29 November, 2008 by troy glidden

Mrs. Barbara Jean Meats, 80, of McPherson, Kansas, entered eternal rest at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, November 29th, 2008 while in the company of all her family members at Memorial Hospital, McPherson, Kansas.

Barbara Jean Meats, the daughter of Ralph L. and Floris Audene (Lusher) Jones, was born November 17, 1928 at McPherson, Kansas. She was one of three daughters born to this union, Barbara Jean, Patricia Ann “Pat”, and Merna Sue. She attended a country school for a few years and Roosevelt grade school. Barbara graduated from McPherson Junior High and McPherson High School in 1947.

On February 8, 1948, Barbara was united in marriage to Marvin W. Meats at McPherson, Kansas where the young couple established their first home together. This union was blessed with the birth of three loving children, a son and two daughters: Ronald “Ron”, Marva, and Melissa “Missy”. The family became members of the First Christian Church where they attended regularly. Barbara was a member of the Christian Women’s Fellowship and served her church in many capacities through the years. Barbara enjoyed and took great pride in providing for her family as a homemaker. Once the children were in school, Barbara began working for Green’s Service as a bookkeeper and later as office manager. She worked for over 21 years prior to her retirement. Barbara was a member of the Progressive Homemakers EHU and the Garden Club for many years and enjoyed the many relationships and friends this group brought her. Barbara also worked as an election board worker for McPherson County for many years. Barbara volunteered and served on the boards of Meals on Wheels, Friendship Meals, McPherson Library, McPherson Opera House and McPherson Senior Center.

Barbara was a devoted Christian, loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and a special friend to many. Her wise counsel, gentle guidance, and gracious smile will be missed by those who knew and loved her. She was very proud of her children and always wanted the best for them. Barbara was especially fond of her grandchildren and great-granddaughter, always looking forward to their visits and times they would share together. She enjoyed spending time reading, sewing, cooking, traveling, taking care of her plants and spending time with her family and many friends. She was always so appreciative to those who would help her and if you needed help, she was one you knew you could count on. She enjoyed and received great pleasure in other’s good fortunes and deeds. Barbara was very special to many.

Mrs. Barbara Jean Meats, 80, of McPherson, entered into eternal rest at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, November 29th, 2008 while in the company of all her family members at Memorial Hospital, McPherson, Kansas. Barbara was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Marvin; her son Ronald Eugene “Ron” Meats; and her sister, Merna Sue Pritchard.

Surviving members of her family include her loving children, Marva Meats of Wichita, Kansas, Melissa “Missy” McMurray and her husband Craig, of Denver, Colorado, and Karen Meats of McPherson, Kansas; her sister, Patricia Ann Gatz and her husband Fredrick “Fritz”, of McPherson; five grandchildren, Sara Vancil and her husband Brian of Lawrence, Kansas, Jennifer Fowler and her husband Kyle of Topeka, Kansas, Megan McMurray of Santa Monica, California, Sean McMurray of New York City, New York, and Caitlin McMurray of New Orleans, Louisiana; her great-granddaughter, Ava Fowler, of Topeka, Kansas; several nieces and nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Friends are invited to call on Monday, December 1, 2008 from 4 to 8 p.m. with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. at Glidden - Ediger Funeral Home, McPherson, Kansas.

The funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m., on Tuesday, December 2, 2008 at the First Christian Church, McPherson, Kansas. Special music “Amazing Grace“ and “Because He Lives“ will be sung by Morris Heitschmidt and accompanied by Emma Perera. “Joy Comes In The Morning” by Michelle King will be played.

The final resting place will be the McPherson Cemetery, McPherson, Kansas. A private family burial of cremains will take place at a later date. Memorials contributions are suggested to the First Christian Church, McPherson Public Library, or Meals on Wheels all of McPherson, Kansas and they can be sent in care of the Glidden -Ediger Funeral Home; 222 West Euclid Street; McPherson, Kansas 67460.

All her special friends too numerous to name

Ed Lewis Fred Roelfs

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Posted By SANDY HAPGOOD STAPLETON on 03 December, 2008
Dear Missy and Marva...it was so good to see you again after so many years, I'm just sorry that it had to be the passing of your wonderful mother to bring us together. Barb will certainly be missed. I could always count on a happy smile and upbeat disposition to make my day at the hospital. She certainly left a legacy, didn't she?? I will really miss her in the days to come. Bless you, Dear friends and former neighbors. Sandy Hapgood Stapleton and Debi Gosen Sporleder

Posted By William Snesrud on 02 December, 2008
I had the priviledge of knowing Barb Meats while working at Green's Service....I always considered her a friend who always guaranteed a smile, positive outlook and genuine affection for life.....my wife and I will miss seeing her out and about - and for sure will miss seeing her buzzing by in that vw bug.....her, Marvin and Ron are all together again....may God Bless her memory.....

Posted By Sheryl Pelnar (James) on 02 December, 2008
Dear Margo I was sorry to hear of your mother's passing. She was a wonderful woman. Our condolences are with your family.

Posted By Kathy Allison on 30 November, 2008
Barbara,I missed your smile and hug today at Church,you know how much I loved you! I will never forget you.I know your with Marvin now and you are together forever! God Bless you Both!

Posted By Jill Cameron Michel on 30 November, 2008
I was so sorry to hear about your mom's death. She and your dad are among my fond memories from my time as Associate Pastor at First Christian. I will always remember them fondly.

Posted By Julie Vogts on 30 November, 2008
Barbara was a wonderful woman and she was a fine example of a Christian lady. I feel blessed to have known her. My prayer are with her family.

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