Elizabeth Jean Ann Heltemes Meyers, a resident of James City County since 1988, died July 2 after a long illness. In May, Jean and her husband, Harold Burton Meyers, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary with a gathering of family and friends.
A 20-year volunteer at Colonial Williamsburg's John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library, Mrs. Meyers also volunteered in the 1990s at Williamsburg Community Hospital (now Sentara) and the Rita Welsh Literacy Program at the College of William and Mary. An expert genealogist, she was a member of the Jamestown Society and the Nicolas Martiau Descendants Association. Martiau, a French Huguenot military engineer who arrived at Jamestown in 1620, was also an ancestor of George Washington and Robert E. Lee. Three of Mrs. Meyers's ancestors fought in the American Revolution, and she was briefly a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Mrs. Meyers was born Nov. 30, 1924, in Hutchinson, Kan., the daughter of Harry Slaughter Heltemes and Lucinda Alice Rubart, and grew up in Colorado Springs and Denver, Colo. A graduate of St. Mary's Academy in Denver, she attended the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she met and married her husband during World War II. Thereafter, she lived in Williston, N.D.; Lawrence, Kan.; Boulder, Hesperus, and Grand Junction, Colo.; Chicago, Ill.; Washington, D.C., and in Westchester County and Manhattan, N.Y.
Wherever she lived while her children were young, she was a popular neighborhood piano teacher, Cub Scout den mother, and active PTA member. She spent many evenings as first reader and manuscript typist for her husband, a writer. Later she worked as office manager of a fire-safety engineering firm in Westchester County, before buying and managing Campus/New York, a company that arranged Manhattan theater and fashion-industry tours for teacher-led groups of college students.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Meyers is survived by four sons and two daughters-in-law: Terry L. Meyers of Williamsburg and his wife, Sheila; John B. Meyers of Louisville, Ky.; Steven Key Meyers of Richmond, Ind.; and Peter S. Meyers of Portland, Ore., and his wife, Frances. Other survivors include five grandchildren: Deborah Boyle, Charleston, S.C.; Blake Meyers, Wilmington, Del.; John Speed Meyers, Princeton, N.J.; Austin Speed, Louisville; and Ellen Meyers, Portland; and three great-grandchildren, Lucinda and Maura Boyle of Charleston, and Camilla Meyers of Wilmington.
Services will be private, with a memorial reception to be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Avalon, PO Box 6805, Williamsburg, VA, 23185 (a refuge for battered women) or to a