Marian M. Meeker
August 24, 1923 – November 7, 2013
Marian Miller Meeker, 90, passed away peacefully Nov. 7, 2013. Born in Erie, Kansas to Henry Jeffries Miller and Cora Woodworth Miller, she graduated with a BA in Music Education from Kansas University in 1946 and was a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority. She married Robert L. Meeker in Erie on May 28, 1946 and relocated to Jacksonville in 1956 where they opened their first Dairy Queen on Main St. and 26th Street. In 1960, she received her MA in Music Education from the University of Florida. Mrs. Meeker taught Music at the elementary school level rotating at various times between Garden City, Hogan Spring Glen, Southside Estates, Love Grove, Darnell Cookman and Seabreeze Elementary schools. At the end of her career, she was teaching at Sandalwood Jr. & Sr. High School. Her love of music and the fellowship of the church led her to become Choir Director for the Arlington Congregational Church from 1964-2001. Marian loved life and everyone she came in contact with. Her excitement for life's experiences created a multitude of friendships that have lasted a lifetime. She had a great journey with many friends and relatives who loved her. Since retirement, she loved travel, musical performances, spending time with her friends, and her family. We will miss her always positive outlook on life, her humor and especially her love. Marian experienced gradually debilitating dementia which eventually became Alzheimer's, which was followed by a stroke. Since 2007, she was a resident in the Atrium, Harbor Chase Assisted Living and Memory Care and finally Southlake Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert L. Meeker on Dec. 10, 1997; daughter, Marcia Kimball Lawrence in May 2003 and grandson, Luke Kimball in Oct. 2010. Surviving Mrs. Meeker is her son, Tom Meeker of Jacksonville; granddaughters, Jill Meeker Germer of Panama City Beach, FL; Amanda Ring Palmer of Live Oak, FL; Sarah Lawrence of Newport, New Hampshire; and grandson, Don Kimball of Sligo, PA; and great-grandchildren: Aylssa, Kendall, Mia, Daniel, Logan, and Sophie. The family will receive friends for a time of fellowship Fri., Nov. 22nd from 5-7 p.m. at HARDAGE-GIDDENS FUNERAL HOME, 1701 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach, FL. A celebration of her life will be held 11 a.m., Sat. Nov. 23rd at Arlington Congregational Church, 431 University Blvd. North Jacksonville, FL 32211. For those who prefer, memorial contributions may be made to the church in her memory.
- Memorial Service Saturday, November 23, 2013
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Patrina Johnson Seay
December 14, 2013
Mrs. Meeker always comes to my mind when I hear patriotic songs, Christmas carols, or silly kids' songs like b-i-n-g-o, because I learned them all in her class. I was lucky enough to have attended Seabreeze Elementary school from '81-'85, where Mrs. Meeker taught music. I remember her showing such happiness, passion and enthusiasm. She always played the piano and sang along with us. I Googled Mrs. Meeker on a whim last night, after a Christmas tune brought me back (in my mind) to Seabreeze. I'm saddened to hear of her passing. My sincere condolences to her family and friends.
November 24, 2013
Sincere condolences to Mrs. Meeker family. She was my 1st music teacher @ Hogan Spring Glenn. Upon her arrival @ designated day, there was such anticipation. We looked forward to her visit, like a special field trip out of school. The instrument which she played in the classroom was a string instrument (may have been a lap harp) & boy did she strum! She was full of joy and shared her gift freely. God Speed Mrs. Meeker, you were one special teacher. Sincerely, Bonnie Moore
November 23, 2013
Mrs. Meeker was my choir director for two years at Southside Junior High
in Jacksonville, Florida. She was a major influence on my performing and teaching career. I decided to teach elementary music and shall retire as she did
with Duval County School Board. She was an excellent pianist and director.
On of her favorite songs was "Falling Leaves," as we performed in concert.
It was one of my first choir experiences and I can still hear her bombastic
piano accompaniment. May you rest in peace and keep singing with the angels.
God bless your family. Mrs. Gay Lynn Montgomery Lynch
November 19, 2013
Marian touched everyone she came in to contact with. She was a beautiful lady. She reached young and old through her music and her love for life. May she rest in peace. Katherine Cromley, Jacksonville Beach, Florida
November 18, 2013
Marian was a pillar of strength. I admired the fact she always knew who she was and where she was going. She was a talented lady and touched so many lives with her talent. I will miss her! Bobbie Correa, Jennings, Florida
November 18, 2013
You were such an inspiration for me, and I'll always remember you as a lady with grace and strength.
November 18, 2013
Dear Tom and Family, Marian was an inspiration to so many people in her life. I was fortunate to know her through her many years of teaching Music in the Duval County Schools and have great admiration for her work with young people. She will be remembered as a vibrant, dedicated teacher that was deeply loved by all that knew her. The photo presentation of her life was a wonderful tribute to her memory. I am keeping each one of you in my thoughts and prayers. Be strong through God's Love.
November 16, 2013
You taught me so much, most importantly how to always strive to be the best. I will miss you and love you forever.-Don
November 12, 2013
Dear Tom & family,
We are praying for you and hoping the wonderful family times together will bring loving memories to ease your loss. Marian was always delightful to be around. I would have loved to have sung in her choirs, or performed in her drama productions. You have a great photo album of memories. I especially enjoyed seeing her as a young woman, and with her family. Love to you all.