Thelma (La Veta) Meier passed away on September 20, 2015 at the age of 95.
La Veta was born in Stafford on March 11, 1920 and moved to Newton in 1939 where she spent most of her life. She died in Hesston while in hospice care. Her parents were Monroe and Olive Turnbull.
She is survived by her beloved spouse Dale Meier. They were married in 2000.
She is survived by four sons; Doug from Denver, Lou from Denver, David from Seattle and Bob from Tulsa. She also is survived by five grandchildren; Jack Chrysler from Dallas, Nathan and Katie Richardson from Kansas City, Shana Nicole Nelson and Amy Holzhueter from Kansas City. She leaves four great grandchildren. From her marriage to Dale she is also survived by nine stepchildren, twenty five grandchildren, and 22 great grandchildren.
One brother and four sisters preceded her in death.
She was widely known in the Newton area as the manager of the Leonidas Restaurant during the 60’s and 70’s. At age 60 she attended Christ for the Nations in Dallas, learned to speak Hebrew, and went on to Jerusalem Israel where for several years she performed volunteer work for disabled children.
La Veta…..Christ, Family, and Humor 3 words that describe her life.
Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Friday, September 25, 2015 at Schowalter Villa Chapel with The Rev. Dr. George Mitchell presiding. Visitation will be 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday evening at Petersen Funeral Home with the family receiving friends from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery Newton, Kansas.
Memorials are suggested to Schowalter Villa or St. Luke Evangelical Church in care of Petersen Funeral Home.