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Lyris "Lee" Meints

December 27, 1938July 21, 2018
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The Life of Lyris K. Meints

Lyris Kay Meints was born in Plymouth, Nebraska on December 27th, 1938. She was the youngest of 4 children of Arthur and Grace (Sykes) Germer. Lyris graduated from Plymouth High School in 1956. She married Harlan Meints on December 27th 1956 on her 18th Birthday. Harlan and Lyris created a loving home together and raised 4 boys - Dennis, Tim, Joel, and Steve. She left this world with 6 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild. She is proceeded in death by her brother Robert, her father, her mother and her husband.

Lyris passed on to heaven peacefully this last Saturday, July 21, 2018, surrounded by her loving family.

Lyris was a vibrant, and charismatic soul who was always there to support and love so many throughout her life. She carried on her hearty pioneer spirit, soft caring heart, and Midwestern values to her family. She will be dearly missed by the family and friends she left behind.

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  • Memorial Service Saturday, July 28, 2018
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Biography

Life of Lyris K. Meints

Lyris Kay Meints was born December 27, 1938, in Plymouth, Nebraska. She was the youngest of four children born to Arthur and Grace (Sykes) Germer. Lyris was raised in rural Plymouth on the 3rd generation family farm and graduated from Plymouth High School in 1956, with a graduating class of 13. She attended college and earned her teaching degree in Fairbury, Nebraska. She taught in a 1 room school house.

When Lyris was 17, she was out on the town in the City of Beatrice, Nebraska with a few girlfriends, when they encountered a group of boys driving down the street that wanted to take them for a ride. Well let’s just say they didn't object. This was the beginning of a lifelong love affair between her and her later-to-be husband Harlan Meints. All throughout life, she loved to joke that Harlan picked her up on a street corner.

When Lyris told her parents, she wanted to marry Harlan, they wouldn't approve until she was 18 years old. Harlan proposed, and they married on her 18th Birthday, December 27th 1956. Harlan and Lyris began a loving life together and later raised 4 boys; Dennis, Tim, Joel, and Steve.

The Family spent a brief time in Nebraska before moving to Colorado, then to California and then returned to Colorado. Through the years Harlan built a successful business in the Kitchen & bath industry; and while times where tough in the early years Lyris learned to sew and took in alternations to make ends meet. Through these years she would become an incredible seamstress and later in life would sew elaborate dresses and costumes.

Lyris also contributed to the household by turning her home into a daycare, watching neighborhood kids. She loved taking care of young children and especially loved looking after babies.

Lyris was an eccentric woman and took up and master several hobbies throughout her life. Whatever her passion at the time, she would bring a dedication and intensity to any task that not many people could fathom. Many of her hobbies centered around her thrifty nature and love of a good bargain.

Some of these hobbies included canning food, refurbishing Ethan Allen furniture, Estate Sales, and making homemade gluten free breads.

Both Lyris and Harlan enjoyed square dancing together, traveling to Laughlin, Nevada, and hosting dinners with family and friends at their home. Lyris loved to cook a great meal and always had an open door to anyone who needed a meal or a place to stay. Her last day here on earth she insisted we throw a Potluck as soon as her son Steve got into town. She has an award winning, pot roast, pumpkin pie, fried chicken, and meatloaf. Her families most cherished recipe was her famous peaches: peeled, sliced, covered in a secret white granular ingredient. These were rightfully named "Grandma's Peaches".

From her 4 boys, Lyris would have 7 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild. Lyris was devoted to her family throughout her whole life. She loved bragging about her family and all their accomplishments. She constantly thought of her grandchildren and loved surprising them with small gifts. When her grandkids where small she would stand in front of the closet spin around three times and pull out a small toy from her hands. Her mystified grandchildren called this the "Magic Closet".


Together, Lyris and Harlan built an incredible life and family; and when Harlan passed of lung cancer in 2006 the family was devastated; however, Lyris was a pillar of strength because she had a true and undying belief that they would meet again in heaven and Harlan would always walk through life with her. This knowledge gave her the courage to begin her life without him. She began square dancing again. Estate sales became her renewed hobby, and she worked several years as a sample lady at Costco. Lyris passed on to heaven on Saturday, July 21, 2018, surrounded by her loving family.

Lyris was a vibrant, and charismatic soul who was there to support and love so many throughout her life. She passed along her hearty pioneer spirit, caring heart, and Midwest values to her family. She will be dearly missed by the family and friends she left behind.