Dolores Marie Fleming was born in Saint Marys, Pa on April 5, 1950 to Thomas George Fleming and Esther Viola Bilodeau. Dodie's sister, her beloved husband, her parents and brother all preceded her in death. Two brothers and a sister survive her. Dodie was baptized Catholic by her Godfather, Donald William Fleming, who loved and supported her throughout an extraordinary life and career.
Dodie grew up in St. Marys alongside her best friend Marijo "Auntie" Burden. As next-door neighbors, Marijo, three and Dodie, four, they spent much time together in their childhood and they eventually married brothers. Dolores Marie married Thomas Frank Meier, D.O. on June 10, 1972 at the Sacred Heart Church in Saint Marys, Pa. They had two children Julia Marie and Joseph Thomas Meier. Julia married and had two beautiful daughters Olivia Marie and Hannah Sue whom Dodie loved dearly.
Prior to achieving tenure as an Assistant Professor with Troy University, Dr. Meier received her Bachelor's of Science in Education from Clarion University of Pennsylvania (1972), a Master of Arts in Counseling and Educational Psychology from New Mexico State University (1987), and Ph.D. in Counseling and Educational Psychology from New Mexico State University (1993).
She was well published, having a profound effect in many areas including child and grief counseling, school psychology, geriatric therapy, and collegiate instruction. Her work included being on the board for the Alzheimer's Association, and serving as a Faculty Senator for Troy University. Dr. Meier's dedicated integrity, compassion and diligence throughout her career were said to be a remarkable accomplishment.
Dolores Fleming Meier, Ph.D. died on January 28, 2014 in the loving arms of her son just outside of Las Cruces in Doña Ana, New Mexico. The gentleness and compassion Joey provided for his mother is a reminder of his father's love and compassion for human life and loving care.
The rosary and funeral will be held at 2:00pm Tuesday, March 18, 2014 @ Saint Albert the Great Newman Center located at 2615 South Solano, Las Cruces, New Mexico 88001. There will be a reception following sponsored by La Posta de Mesilla and Picacho Coffee Roasters. In lieu of flowers donations are welcome to the Mesilla Valley Hospice located at 299 Montana Ave., Las Cruces, New Mexico 88005 or to the Mayo Clinic located at 13400 Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, Arizona 85259 in her name.
Arrangements are with Getz Funeral Home and Getz Family Crematory 1410 E. Bowman Ave, Las Cruces NM 88001. To sign the local online guest book visitwww.GetzCares.com