BARBARA CLAUDINE MEEKER (BURGESS) Barbara Claudine Meeker (Burgess) went to be with our Lord June 10, 2013, at her home in Chico, California with family at her side, she was 91. Barbara was born August 12, 1921 to Anna Pearl and Chauncey T. Burgess, Jr. in Dunsmuir, California. Barbara was descended from early settlers of Tehama County dating back to the 1850's. Barbara attended Red Bluff schools and graduated from Red Bluff Union High School, midterm, in 1939. She married Jack Ramsey of Susanville in February 1940. Son, Robert Roy "Bobby" Ramsey was born on December 28, 1940, Jack and Barbara were later divorced. Barbara worked for PG&E during the 1940's where she met and married Donald P. Meeker of Fall River Mills, California. Daughter and "life long best pal", Donna was born August 16,1951 in Redding, California. Barbara loved gardening and possessed a "green thumb". She created vibrant and inviting landscapes wherever she and Don lived during his PG&E career. From Redding to Corning, Red Bluff, Jackson, Stockton and finally back to Red Bluff after Don retired. Barbara worked part-time as a secretary in all those locations and established many enduring friendships along the way, largely a result of her natural charm, grace and keen sense of humor. Barbara also enjoyed golfing; she and Don were members of Wilcox Oaks Golf Club. Barbara was a member of Sacred Heart Church in Red Bluff. Family and friends will miss her as she remains with love and fond remembrance in our hearts forever. Barbara is survived by her son, Robert R. (Christine) Ramsey of Red Bluff; daughter, Donna D. Klepper of Chico; brother, Jack W. (Diana) Burgess of Red Bluff; grandson, Ray D. Klepper of Paradise; granddaughter, Noele K. Klepper of Chico; great granddaughters, Payton and Paisley Klepper; nephews, Jack Burgess Jr. of Ketchum, ID and Bradley Burgess of Red Bluff and niece, Patricia Hess of Red Bluff. Barbara was preceded in death by her beloved husband of forty-eight years, Don P. Meeker, in 1995. A Rosary and Funeral Mass will be held at ll:00am on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at Sacred Heart Church in Red Bluff. A graveside service will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family had requested that memorial donations be made in Barbara's name to the
, in care of Affordable Mortuary who are handling the arrangements. You may send condolences online at www.affordablemortuary.net.
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Published in Daily News on June 18, 2013