Cecilia Meyer

Nov 11th, 1936 - Jun 3rd, 2018


Our Redemer Lutheran Church

Wed, Jun. 6th, 2018 5pm-8pm


Our Redeemer Lutheran Church

Thu, Jun. 7th, 2018 12pm

Cecilia Meyer

Cecilia A. Meyer, 81, of Marion passed away peacefully Sunday morning, June 3 at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale. Either by holding a phone to her ear or being able to sit by her side holding her hand, each of her four children were able to have a little “mom” time before she passed.

Funeral services will be at 12pm on Thursday, June 7, 2018 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Marion with Rev. Dan Whitfield officiating. Visitation will be from 5:00pm -8:00pm, Wednesday, June 6 at the church.  Blue Funeral Home will be assisting the family with the services.  Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery in Marion.  Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church and will be accepted at the church or the funeral home.

Cecilia was born on November 11, 1936 in Pipestone County, Minnesota. She was the daughter of Bert and Leona Kinney and the middle sister of Stacy Miller and Ruth Ann Greathouse.  She married her sweetheart, Stan Meyer, on December 4, 1955.  Together they were blessed with 54 years of marriage before he passed away in September of 2009.

She is survived by her five children, Robert Meyer and Brenda Grant of Marion, Lori and Randy Hancock of Indianapolis, Leslie and Jeff Somers of Marion, Jeffrey Meyer of Marion and Scott Meyer of Herrin.   Cecilia is Gramma Cec to her grandchildren Christina Meyer, Jenny Hanks, Brittany Richardson, Caitlin Delk, Kelsie Carey, Rani Somers and Zachery Meyer.  She is lovingly known as Gigi to her great-grandchildren Addison, Aiden, Ameadeaus, Braden, Dakota, Brockton, Briley, Evan, Jack and Molly.  She is also survived by her two sisters, Stacy and Ruth, a brother-in-law Forrest Duckworth and her sister-in-law Carol Meyer of Minnesota.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Stan; her parents Bert and Leona Kinney; a great-grandson, Landon Meyer; and her brothers-in-law Dennis Meyer and Gene Greathouse.

Cec was a stay-at-home mom for her five kids until the family moved to Marion, Illinois. By that time, all five children were enrolled in school; therefore, she accepted a receptionist position at Peoples Bank working directly under Gerald Feezor.  Mom and Gerald were the only two employees at that time, thus becoming the start of a 30 year career in banking which she loved.  She saw Peoples Bank transition to Central Bank and then to US Bank what it remains as today.  During that tenure, she became lifelong friends with not only many of the customers that came through the door, but also with fellow employees.  Three of those friends, known simply as “the girls” forged a bond that only became stronger as the years went on.  They’ve been with her in every situation of her life from retirement to the death of her husband through every health scare she incurred.  They’ve transported her, cooked for her, sat with her, prayed for her and gave her an endless amount of hugs and I love you’s.  Yvonne, Janet, Mary Jane and Denise were an extension of our family.  Our heartfelt thanks to these strong ladies.

Cec had always enjoyed many hobbies such as baking, sewing, crocheting and floral arranging. After the loss of her husband, a neighbor friend invited mom to come with her painting one Tuesday morning.  She hadn’t picked up a paint brush in over 40 years.  She fell back in love with painting and her artistic side showed through.  Every Tuesday, she joined a group of ladies nicknamed “the art ladies” and painted, ate and gabbed.  It was the highlight of every week.  She quickly forged new friendships with these ladies.  She always found it funny that at the age of 73 she would find this new group of friends. She and her bestie, Betty, would head out about once a week in search of the perfect place to eat only to settle on pizza and a cold beer.  Night after night, she’d paint for hours.  All her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and many friends have been blessed with one or more of her paintings.  She was gifted beyond measure.  She was always humbled when one of her paintings earned her a ribbon.   We’d like to thank one of these art ladies, Karen, for taking her and bringing her home on these Tuesdays for the last year or two when she was unable to drive herself.  She was always so appreciative of this.

We’ve been blessed by the unconditional love our mother has given each us since our first breaths. She was sentimental about everything; always trying to teach us where this or that had come from in the family tree.  She would always remind us that family came first.  She loved her Lord with all her heart.  She started and ended everyday with her prayers.  She was a devoted member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church since the beginning.  Oh how she loved her church family.  They’ve been faithful prayer partners to her.  Our mom dealt daily with numerous health problems.  In 2016 it became apparent that some at home help was necessary.  Sabrina then entered her life.  She helped care for mom three days a week doing anything and everything to help her continue to live independently.  Mom relied on her and always looked forward to her Sabrina days.  Simply put, she loved her.  Thank you, Sabrina, for being there for mom when we couldn’t.  Mom faced these health issues with a lot of faith and prayer and a dash of sassy.  There were days she couldn’t handle it which brought out the crankiness in her, only to turn it around and fight through it giving thanks to God for helping her through it.  She was blessed with several wonderful physicians through the years. We’d like to thank Dr. Panchamukhi and the heart cath team at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale for their expertise and compassion during our hospital stay these last few days.  The 3rd floor nurses were extraordinary.  A special thank you to our nurse, Tammy, who was with mom and us in the final hours.  Thank you for showing compassion and grace as we sat with mom waiting for her to take her last breath.  Thank you for giving us uninterrupted time afterwards to grieve.  You are truly an angel.  Our mother had the biggest heart and in the end, it was that organ that died first.  Heaven has her now.

14 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Judi Hite

    From: Harlingen Tx 78552, Texas

    Date: June 4, 2018

    A sweet sweet lady who will be missed by many people.
    You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Guest: Lori Askew Allen

    From: OFallon, Missouri

    Date: June 4, 2018

    May God bless your broken hearts. Your sweet Mother will always watch over you. You will get a sign when you need it most.

  • Guest: Curtis Hayes

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: June 5, 2018

    Cec was a wonderful ORL family member I will miss her weekly hug and kiss. My prayer of condolence goes out to all the extended family. She will be missed and all the good times remembered.

  • Guest: Ray Hancock

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: June 5, 2018

    A special lady to all she met. I’ll always remember the great meals she brought to our house when we were able to return to Marion after Ruth’s heart attack in Virginia. She will rest as one of God’s special angels. Ray and Ruth Hancock

  • Guest: Kim Watson

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: June 5, 2018

    I am sorry for your loss. I worked with CEC at Peoples Bank. She was a great lady.

  • Guest: Clarke and Jeane Deacon

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: June 5, 2018

    Cec was such a sweet lady. We saw her several times at the KC fish fry this past spring. Always had a smile. We had known mom and dad for years. Prayers to the whole family.

  • Guest: Kelly Baker

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: June 5, 2018

    Such a sweet lady!My heart breaks for all of you that loved her so.

  • Guest: The Art Room / Betty Jesse

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: June 5, 2018

    Cec was our friend and fellow artist. We enjoyed her spunky and joyful company every Tuesday in The Art Room. Her chair was empty today but our hearts were full of happy memories we shared. Cec created many wonderful paintings which remain as lasting tribute to our little friend who fought so hard to live life fully. We send our sympathy and love to her family members and friends. Artist members of the Art Room: Karen, Lana, Ann Marie, Peggy, Frank, Linda C, Linda M, Linda W, Anne, Mary Jane, Violet, Colleen, Barbara, Gail and Betty.

  • Guest: Julie Neuner

    From: Freeburg, Illinois

    Date: June 5, 2018

    May God rest her soul and hold you all in the palm of His hand as you let her go to her eternal home. She will always live on in your hearts and will be with you in a new special way.

    Sending prayers for your family!

  • Guest: Lea Shedlock

    From: New Brighton, Minnesota

    Date: June 5, 2018

    My Dear Cousins:
    I am so very sorry for your loss. Aunt Cec will be missed dearly. Her wonderful poise, smile, laugh and beauty. In every definition of the word she was a “LADY”. I love her and your dad very much. God Bless You All!!!!

  • Guest: Brenda Calliss

    From: Swansea, Illinois

    Date: June 6, 2018

    Sorry for your loss! I have fond memories of us all playing cards.
    You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Guest: Lynn Bruns

    From: Lino Lakes, Minnesota

    Date: June 6, 2018

    Cec was a very special person. I looked forward to seeing her when she would come to the cities for a visit with Stacy & Forrest. I also enjoyed seeing her at the family reunions in Waterloo. She was a warm, bright and spiritual soul. Her smile would light up the room. She enjoyed good conversation and sharing her artwork with others. We enjoyed receiving her Christmas cards during the holidays. I will miss her.
    To her family, may all of the beautiful memories give you comfort. God Bless all of you and know that Heaven has gained another beautiful angel.
    (Cousin) Lynn (Grubich) Bruns, Jon Bruns & Ava Bruns

  • Guest: Terry davis

    From: Palo, Iowa

    Date: June 8, 2018

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss.our symphathy to all of you.She was a sweet person.The first time Aunt Ruth introduced her we had good laughs and enjoyed seeing her.So sorry we love you..

  • Guest: DON & MARGE NANCE

    From: CLINTON, Iowa

    Date: June 8, 2018

    Well it seams like we have known you for about 40 years. when we really never met you until May 24th 2014. The day your Sister Ruth brought you and Stacy into the ceramic shop!!!Ruth is our honorary Sister and spoke of both of her sisters about everyday. We had a super fun day that day .
    I will never forget how we laughed. I am so happy that we got to know you .
    Thank You for being such a wonderful sister to Ruth and Stacy for all these years. And for being a great mother and wife as well!! God bless you & yours