JOANNE MEYERS(1927 - 2013)

Heaven called November 3, 2013, and instructed Joanne Meyers to "hustle back." She was 86. A fixture for many years behind the checkout stands of grocery stores in Waldo, fun-loving, poker- faced Joanne's signature goodbye to customers was "hustle back!" Her sense of humor, work ethic, strong character and devotion to her family and her job helped Joanne raise nine good kids after she was widowed at the age of 41. Those seven girls and two boys in turn sustained and entertained her in her later years with their near daily phone calls, and regular visits and family gatherings. What else can the family say but "Lordy Bee, we're sure going to miss her!" Joanne was born July 13, 1927, to Peter and Lelah Faye Searle Haake, and grew up in Kansas City's old Dutch Hill neighborhood. She attended St. Vincent's Elementary and High School at 31st and Paseo and had fond memories of working as a teenager in the old Meiner's Market on Holmes Street. She graduated from St. Mary High (then a girls' boarding school) in Leavenworth in 1944. She married George Washington Meyers on April 12, 1947, and together they raised and expanded their brood in Ruskin Heights (their house was damaged in the big tornado of 1957) before moving to Waldo. After some 30 years at the checkout stand, Joanne worked for many years keeping the books, answering the phones and sneaking in games of solitaire on the computer at O'Neill Marketing & Event Management in Westport. A quiet and pragmatic Catholic, Joanne was a member of St. Elizabeth's Parish for many years and later attended regular Mass at Queen of the Holy Rosary in Overland Park. Joanne was preceded in death by her parents, Peter and Lelah Faye, her brother Jack, and her beloved husband, George. She leaves behind to cherish her memory, daughters, Maxine (Paul) Rodriguez; Diane (Mac) Dressler; Kathy (Chuck) Kral; Julie (Pat) O'Neill; Robin Cochran; Beth Ann Symmonds; Lori (Chris) Vines; sons Steve (Paula) Meyers and John "J.T." (Lisa) Meyers; 27 grandchildren and 40 great grandchildren. A Catholic wake will be held Thursday from half past kissing time, time to kiss again (5 p.m. Rosary followed by visitation until 7 p.m.) at Queen of the Holy Rosary, 71st and Metcalf, Overland Park, Kan. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Friday, at the Church. Interment will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to Kansas City Hospice. Condolences may be expressed to the family at Muehlebach Funeral Home & Cremations. Family Owned since 1954. 816.444.2060

Funeral Home

6800 Troost Ave Kansas City, MO 64131
(816) 444-2060

Published in Kansas City Star from Nov. 5 to Nov. 6, 2013