Sarah "Sadie" Elizabeth Wilson Meeks
25 December, 1933 – 10 May, 2018
Sarah Elizabeth Wilson Meeks
December 25, 1933 – May 10, 2018
Sarah Elizabeth Wilson Meeks, a native of Northern Ireland and longtime resident of Mobile, Alabama, went home to be with the Lord on May 10, 2018. She was 84. In addition to being a loving and devoted wife, mother, and sister, she served as a faithful member of Covenant Church of Mobile for over 40 years.
Sarah was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 58 years, William (Bill) Meeks; her daughter Sharon Leslie Meeks; parents William Wilson and Grace Calderwood Wilson; brothers Robert (Bobby) and William (Willie) Wiseman; sisters Marjorie Wiseman Campbell and Esther (Essie) Wilson Ashcroft; and her brother Leslie Wilson. She is survived by her brother Alexander (Alex) Wilson of Northern Ireland; daughters Colleen Meeks Dudeck (Kevin) of Mobile and Heather Meeks Hickox (Patrick) of Fairhope; son William Walden Meeks of New York; grandchildren Jacob Reilly Clover of New Orleans, Hunter Patrick Hickox of Athens, Georgia, Kaitlin Grace Clover of Charlotte, North Carolina, Savannah Elizabeth Hickox of Pensacola, Florida; sisters-in-law Patricia Wilson, Isobel Wilson, Dannie Rutherford, and Barbara Meeks; brother-in-law Lorenzo Meeks; and many nieces and nephews in the U.S. and abroad in England, Northern Ireland, and Scotland as well as many dear friends.
Sarah, known as “Sadie’ by family and friends alike, was born in Dromona (Cullybackey), County Antrim, Northern Ireland on Christmas Day, 1933. She graduated from the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children’s School of Nursing in 1956, and received her certification as a Registered Sick Children’s Nurse in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. She chose to travel to Berlin, Germany to serve as a pediatric nurse to children living in refugee camps in that war-torn city. While in Berlin Sarah gathered often with other fellow believers at a Christian boarding house called “The Fellowship House.” It was here that she met the love of her life and future husband, Bill Meeks, an American G.I from Sandersville, Georgia. After a whirlwind courtship of 3 weeks, the two were engaged. They married later the same year and remained devoted to each other in sickness and health throughout their entire marriage. Sarah worked as a registered nurse at the Children’s Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama when she and Bill moved to that city. She eventually retired from nursing to raise her family.
Sarah was raised in an Irish home that emphasized faith in God, hard work, perseverance, and close family ties. Her life clearly demonstrated these attributes. Her faith and trust in God were the most defining characteristics of her life, and her faith influenced every relationship she had. Her faith remained unwavering, even in the face of daunting circumstances, and her Bible was well-worn from constant use. She was also known for her rich and abiding prayer life. Prayer was more than something she did; it was how she lived. Whether in joy or sorrow, Sarah went to the Lord in prayer with everything. She also made it a practice to pray on behalf of others and was known as a “prayer warrior” to many. Her dear friend Linnie Gibbs shared her love of the Lord, and the two had a treasured friendship that lasted for decades.
Sarah was well known for her distinctively Irish personality. She was quick-witted and loved to laugh. Friends and family members alike knew her penchant for pranks. When faced with hardship, she
responded with faith, courage, and fierce determination. She overcame cancer, the loss of her daughter and the loss of her husband, and through it all she continued to trust the Lord.
Sarah Meeks leaves an incredible legacy of faith to her children, grandchildren, and all who were honored to know her. A memorial service will be held at Covenant Church of Mobile on May 19 from 11-12:00. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hidden Treasures Orphanage, in care of CSM, P.O. Box 850067, Mobile, Alabama, 36685-0067. (Please note gifts as Sarah Meeks’ Memorial.)
“Charm can be deceptive and beauty doesn’t last, but a woman who fears and reverences God shall be greatly praised.” Proverbs 31:30
- William Wilson and Grace Calderwood Wilson, Parents (deceased)
- Bill Meeks, Husband (deceased)
- Sharon Leslie Meeks, Daughter (deceased)
- Bobby Wiseman, Brother (deceased)
- Willie Wiseman, Brother (deceased)
- Marjorie Wiseman Campbell, Sister (deceased)
- Essie Wilson Ashcroft, Sister (deceased)
- Leslie Wilson, Brother (deceased)
- Alex Wilson, Brother
- Colleen and Kevin Dudeck, Daughter and Son-in-law
- Heather and Patrick Hickox, Daughter and Son-in-law
- William Walden Meeks, Son
- Jacob Reilly Clover, Grandson
- Hunter Patrick Hickox, Grandson
- Kaitlin Grace Clover, Granddaughter
- Savannah Elizabeth Hickox, Granddaughter
- Patricia Wilson, Sister-in-law
- Isobel Wilson, Sister-in-law
- Dannie Rutherford, Sister-in-law
- Barbara Meeks, Sister-in-law
- Lorenzo Meeks, Brother-in-law
- Sadie is also survived by many nieces and nephews in the U.S. and abroad in England, Northern Ireland, and Scotland as well as many dear friends.
Saturday, 19 May , 2018
Sarah "Sadie" Elizabeth Wilson Meeks
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19 May 2018
My first clear memory goes back to the wedding of Aunt Sadie & Uncle Bill. Kenneth Campbell & I were dressed in our smartest clothes. I presented Sadie with a token after the marriage service. Many years & thousands of miles conspired to keep us apart but 2012 saw a reversal of that when Jane, Jess 18, Will 14 & I visited the family in Mobile, staying with Aunt Sadie. Further visits in 2014 and for Jess and Will in 2015 cemented our love for an Aunt and Great Aunt. For me our family blood ties were instantly reaffirmed & our love of Christ were corner stones of our mutual love. This lady had an amazing impact on my family (as expressed by Liz) no more so than the sadness felt at her passing. This sadness is surpassed & conquered by the knowledge that Aunt Sadie now sees Him face to face not as through a glass darkly. We send our love & blessings to our beloved family, spread near & far. As you grieve her passing today remember her with gratitude and thank God for her life, love and witness. With love from Robert, Jane, Jess and Will.
16 May 2018
When I think of Sadie I can hear her distinctive laugh. Laughter and family were always around her. Although I am a distant "in-law," Sadie made me feel special. I will miss her, but I rejoice to know she is with her beloved LORD.
16 May 2018
Dearest Aunt Sadie............ such a lovely, beautiful kind hearted lady. She raised an amazing family and was very proud of all of them. Us over here in the UK loved to hear her stories and hear her laugh. My grandad will be pleased to see her i am sure. Thinking of you all with love. Love is something she shared with us all.
All this feels strange and untrue and we wont waste a minute without you..........
Elizabeth and Kathy Wiseman
Bobs grandaughter and Bobs wife.
15 May 2018
Auntie Sadie.........a wee woman with a great big heart. She was an inspiration to all who had the privilege of knowing her and I am so proud that I got to call her Auntie.
Auntie Sadie, for us you have been a tower of strength & comfort over the years, even when you had your own burdens to bear you were always there to offer your support, love & words of wisdom. Everything always seemed so much brighter after your phone calls. I'm going to miss hearing your wee voice. Although you're no longer with us I know that your memory will live on in the hearts of all who loved you.
The heavenly choir has gained a new member & all those old hymns & choruses will be getting sung out in heavenly praise. Safe in the arms of the Lord.
15 May 2018
Aunt Sadie was a force of nature.... She really was!! Determined, fiesty, compassionate and loving..... She was all of these things and and so much more.
She was my "Surrogate mother" when I first came to live in Mobile as a 14 year old back in 1984 and the advice, guidance (And spiritual guidance) she gave me has stayed with me ever since.
Yes she was bossy but boy did she need to be to control a young fella from Northern Ireland who had a pauchant for skipping school!!
I will never forget you Aunt Sadie. You influenced my life more than you will ever know and for that I will be forever grateful.
Rest easy now sweet lady and please tell my dad that I think about him often and love him dearly.
14 May 2018
I am so proud to have had an Aunt such as Aunt Sadie , She was a pillar of strength and a stalwart for her family , as a young man of 17 , She welcomed me, with her late husband , Uncle Bill to her home in Mobile and treated me as a son . Sadie had a lively sense of humour and there were never dull moments when She was around , her Christian values were impeccable and spirituality always shone through . My family will never forget wee Aunt Sadie who has left an everlasting impression on us all , the wee woman from Dromona will be greatly missed , Heaven has gained another angel
12 May 2018
Colleen , Heather, and Will -
Your mom, my Aunt Sadie, was one of the greatest women in my life and made a deep impact upon our family that has influenced countless other people as well. Her love for Christ Jesus was undeniable and she was passionate about her faith, her loved ones, and her husband...their souls are together once again.
You are in our prayers this Mother's Day and in the days to come. May you each walk in her ways and continue her great legacy for the Lord as that was her prayer for you and your children. I cherish the time that we had together, she was so sweet and kind to the five of us and will remain alive in our hearts until we meet again in Heaven. (Proverbs 31:10-31)
Love to you all - planning to see you soon.