Andrea Jean (Straus) Mead|
Sept. 24, 1985-Sept. 1, 2013
Andrea Jean Mead, 27, of Granby, Colorado, passed away at her home on Sunday, September 1, 2013, surrounded by her loving family, friends, and neighbors, after a courageous six-month battle with Melanoma. She grew up in Beal City, Michigan, graduating high school in 2003. Andrea attended Delta College and later transferred to Ferris State University, where she graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Recreational Management. She then moved to Granby, Colorado after accepting a position at Snow Mountain Ranch, YMCA of the Rockies, where she was loved by hundreds of staff and volunteers. This is also where she met her husband, William (Billy) Mead. They married in 2009 and gave birth to their beautiful daughter, Brooke Jean, on May 14, 2012. Andrea was very dedicated to the continuous care and development of Baby Brooke and enjoyed the outdoors, sports, camping, family and cooking.
Andrea is survived by her husband, Billy, and their 15 month-old daughter, Brooke, of Granby; her parents, Allan and Sandra Straus of Beal City, Michigan; brother, Jeremy (Tiffany) Straus of Florence, South Carolina; brother, Jonathon (Sara) Straus and their son, Eli of Lake Isabella, Michigan; in-laws, William and Richie Mead of Kremmling, Colorado; and sister-in-law, Michelle (Paul) Romero also of Kremmling, Colorado. Preceding Andrea in death are maternal grandparents, Richard and Marion Cook; paternal grandparents, Gerald and Katherine Straus; maternal great grandparents, Orves and Gilda Cook; and uncle, Anthony (Tony) Straus.
A Memorial Service will be at St. Joseph the Worker Church in Beal City, Michigan on Sunday, September 8, 2013 at 4 p.m., with Pastor Michael Biedenbender officiating. Per Andrea's wishes, a Private Inurnment will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the "Hope and Courage" benefit fund set up for Baby Brooke, in care of Billy Mead P.O. Box 2411, Granby, CO 80446.
Published in The Morning Sun on Sept. 5, 2013