News and Tribune

October 1, 2013

Alma Mae Rowe Meek, 90; Jeffersonville

A celebration of life service for Alma Mae Rowe Meek, 90, Jeffersonville, will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 4,  at E.M. Coots’ Sons Funeral Home, Jeffersonville, with entombment in Kraft-Graceland Memorial Park, New Albany. She died going to her heavenly home, Monday, Sept. 30, 2013.

She was born July 19, 1923, in Jeffersonville and was the oldest of Larry M. Rowe and Birdie Richards Rowe’s two children. She grew up in Jeffersonville and attended Jeffersonville High School. She met her husband Earl Meek while working at J.J. Newberry’s Five and Dime; they were married in 1947 and lived together 41 blissful years until his death in June 1988. 

She was the oldest living member of First Baptist Church, Jeffersonville, where she was a lifelong member. She was a member of the Koinonia Sunday School Class and had some of her favorite memories with the Joyriders and Hilltoppers. She taught Sunday School for many years and her family has enjoyed her countless stories from these experiences. She was a gifted artist and loved to paint beautiful masterpieces. Alma was a member of the Clark County Association of Arts and Crafts, she enjoyed teaching art classses at the church, and leading arts and crafts for the kids at yearly Vacation Bible School events. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren loved to have art time with Grandma as well. 

The Meeks were the proud parents of two children, Linda Snelling, and her husband J.E. “Ed” Snelling, Edwardsville, and Larry Meek, Jeffersonville. They had four grandchildren whom they loved dearly, John B. Snelling, and his wife, Kristina, Phoenix, Eric C. Summers, and his wife, Rachel, Indianapolis, Amanda Harvey and her husband, Jason, Charlestown, and Cpt. Douglas E. Snelling, U.S. Army, Lawton, Okla. Six great-grandchildren also survive their Grandma Meek, Brandon Snelling, Reagan Harvey, Justin Snelling, Natalie Summers, Julia Harvey, and Kaylee Summers. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Iona Ettel, brother-in-law, Dave Wilburn, and numerous nieces and nephews.  

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and her sister, Ruby Katherine “Kate” Wilburn. 

Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday, and after 10  a.m. Friday, at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy can be made in the form of a donation to First Baptist Church. 

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