Meek, Beverly Forrest Fischer Born on July 10, 1919 to Herman August Fischer and Georgia Forrest Brimer in Knoxville, Tennessee. In the words of one of her nieces, she grew to be "a truly genteel Southern lady," who chose to make her home and her family the center of her life. In a day when it was unusual for a woman to obtain a college degree, Beverly graduated from the University of Tennessee with a major in home economics and went on to teach at the school for the deaf in Knoxville until she married the love of her life, William (Billy) Meek, the campus football star she met while at the university. They celebrated their golden wedding anniversary, and beyond, before his passing in 1998. Bill Meek was a college football coach, and as the wife of a football coach, Beverly followed her husband to his coaching jobs in Maryland, Kansas, Houston, Dallas, West Point and Salt Lake City. It was not unusual for the entire coaching staff and their families and various players to be invited to their house for homemade lasagna, and she would tell the story with a smile of how many second and third helpings were served to the players, hungry for home-cooked food. The kitchen played a big part in the life of the Meek family, thanks to Beverly's love of cooking. Every Sunday evening for many years, the entire family gathered at her house for Sunday dinner. And later, grandchildren learned to cook with Mimi, as she was fondly known. Christmas was the occasion for making cookies and dough ornaments with Mimi. New Year's Eve, when she and Bill took care of the children in the family so the young parents could go out for a night on the town, was an occasion for making homemade suckers. But although her life was centered on home, it extended well beyond. She was always present at every grandchild's athletic and school events; she was a faithful member of the Altar Guild at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, and she enjoyed her Collector's Club, where guest speakers taught about antiques of all kinds. Every piece of furniture, china, silver and glassware in Mimi's house had a well-loved story to accompany it. Beverly's Christian faith was strong, exhibited in her great love for God, for her church and for her family and friends, and it was also inclusive. Family members of all denominations and faiths were equally loved. Beverly passed away peacefully on April 8 with her two daughters at her side. She is survived by her four children. Philip Adamson Meek and his wife, Elizabeth of Austin; Gary August Meek and his wife, Genevieve, of Granbury; Forrest Marie Petricca and her husband, John, of Granbury; and Christina Meridas Nakhoda and her husband, Zak, of Dallas. She is also survived by nine grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews who considered her their 'special' aunt. Services for Beverly Meek will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 11 in the chapel at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Dallas with burial at 3 p.m. at Restland Memorial Park. As an alternative to flowers, donations are being accepted to the Alzheimers Foundation. On Saturday, April 12, at noon a 'Celebration of Mimi's Life' will be held in the Club House at Waterview, 101 Watermark Blvd., in Granbury. Family, friends, and her amazing family of caregivers are welcome.
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Published in Dallas Morning News on Apr. 11, 2014
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