June 10, 1927 ~ October 5, 2012
Surrounded by family, as she always wanted to be, Betty Lou Meyer slipped softly into eternity on October 4th, following her husband Don almost a year to the day later. Her five children, their spouses and a granddaughter were with her at the end of her three year battle with a blood disorder and Alzheimer's disease. She was born in Minnesota, eldest of four sisters and a brother, attended high school in St. James where she met and later married Don in 1947. As a Navy family, they lived all over the USA, settling finally in Irvington where they resided for over a half century. She enjoyed adventure and after children were grown, she and Don trekked extensively in their motor home.
She leaves behind a huge extended family, ten grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Family was the whole world to her, especially babies and children. She loved Disneyland and Christmas, sang 'Happy Birthday' to everyone and never forgot. She was the true 'heart' of family life, the filter of information and the dynamic 'command center' of organization. She made hosting big gatherings seem effortless because she worked so hard and cared so much. She was petite, vivacious and sparkly, always fun to be around. She loved unconditionally and was the best of mothers, soccer mom, band mom, gymnastics mom, neighborhood hostess, and friend. She and Don always provided a generous and warm welcome to the Meyer's house.
She would want us to remember her for the example she lived: that a smile should be your first attire of every day, that kindness is contagious, that we are all responsible for each other, and that we can choose to be happy. Though so many deeply mourn her loss, the shining light that she was will never dim.
Betty's friends are invited to an informal gathering with her family to recall good times and fond memories during the hours of 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 11 at Berge-Pappas-Smith Chapel of Angels on Fremont Blvd. in Irvington. Don's ashes will be placed with her at a later private entombment at Irvington Memorial Cemetery. If heaven is for the pure in spirit, she has surely joined him there and they will rest together forever in the loving arms of God.
Gifts may be made in her name to the Alzheimer's Association of Northern California and Nevada, 1060 La Avenida St., Mountain View 94043.
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Sympathy to all, wish we could be there with you at this time, but will be there in thoughts and prayers. She was a very special lady and we will have to hold onto the fond memories of our visits together. She was not only a sister to Jack, Katy,Bev,Pat,Judy but became my sister too.
Love to you all,
Jack & Lenora
I have many memories of my Aunt Betty and all of them are good. She never had a harsh word to say about anyone. I admire that about her. I will never forget camping with all of you in Yosemite and Betty made the most delicious pancakes ever. There are many other good times. She will be missed.
Miss you, save me a place next to you in the Gold Mine in the sky we talked about and you wouldn’t let me sing it to you. Love you both BEV
Betty will be remembered as the lady with a heart of “GOLD”. She was like the mother hen that would open her feathers and swoop you up under her wings (like an angel) into her nest. She always made you feel as if you were one of her own and she also always had a smile on her face. We will miss both her and beloved Don most dearly. With heavy hearts, our deepest sympathy goes out to the Meyer family.
Cousin Scott & wife Karin
Will miss you. You were a great sister. Save me a place too, I want to be with you guys. Love you forever Rick
Dear Meyer Family. So sorry to hear of Betty’s passing. I didn’t read about it until this evening so missed attending the services. I admired Betty, she was such a wonderful soccer mom team mother. My sincere condolence to you and your family for this loss.