Mary-Lou Meiners
1928 - 2020
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Mary Louise Meiners, age 92, died December 18, 2020, at the Juneau Pioneer Home. She was born to Ira and Florence Wilkinson, January 4, 1928, in Kansas City, MO. She graduated from Saint Teresa's Academy in 1945 and from Avila College in 1949. She married Herman Meiners in 1951. They moved to Fairbanks, AK, in 1958, and Juneau in 1964.

Mary Lou was a hard worker. She was a kindergarten teacher and then served as Director for the State of Alaska Division of Elections. Volunteering in the community was important to Mary Lou. She served as President of the Juneau Education Association, Alaska Delegate at the Democratic National Convention, and numerous roles at the Cathedral of the Nativity. In 2013 she was crowned Queen Regent of Pioneers of Alaska - Juneau Igloo 6. She enjoyed coordinating Red Hat Lady teas, bridge parties, senior events, serving as a museum docent, and greeting visitors with the Juneau Convention and Visitor's Association. Mary Lou had a feisty spirit, enjoyed playing pull tabs, gambling in Las Vegas, and adventures in Ireland.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Tom, sister Georgeanne, and husband Herman. She is survived by children Mac (Donna), Dennis (Lisa), Melanie White (Larry), Dave (Mari), and Andy (Amy Jo); grandchildren Kevin, Don, Tom (Shea) Meiners, Kyle (Amy) White, Maggie, Gracie (Mark), and Abby Meiners.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to Catholic Community Services, 1803 Glacier Highway, Juneau, 99801. The family would like to recognize the outstanding care Mary Lou received at the Juneau Pioneer Home.

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Published in Juneau Empire from Jan. 17 to Feb. 16, 2021.
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February 10, 2021
Much love to each of you Meiners. Your mom was kind and wonderful.
Kate Boesser
Friend
February 9, 2021
Always loved seeing her. She always had a smile and so friendly.
Pat Bock
Friend
January 30, 2021
Mrs. Meiners was my kindergarten teacher at Harborview Elementary back in the 70's. I will never forget her dressing up as a witch for Halloween. I don't remember many other teachers but I have always remembered her. So sorry to hear about her passing. She was a great one!
Kim Bertholl
Student
January 23, 2021
Awww Mrs. Meiners, my very first teacher, Kindergarten 1973. RIP Mrs. Meiners, so many fond memories of you...thank you ♥
Shelley
January 20, 2021
Mary Lou was a wonderful person & a great teacher. She was kind & gentle. I loved working with her for so many years at Harborview School. She loved her husband & children. She will be greatly missed. My thoughts & prayers are with her family & friends... Marti
Marti Ward Bernardez
Friend
January 18, 2021
Great lady. Feisty spirit and a love of life. She will be missed.
Scott Jinright
Friend
January 18, 2021
Condolences to the family. Mrs. Meiners was my kindergarten teacher at Harborview Elementary in 1966-1967. She was a great teacher and always encouraged her students.
Dianne (Eldemar) Smith
Student
January 17, 2021
I know how close Mari was to her Mom! I’m sorry for your loss, Mari but it seems heaven received a new angel!
Ann Ross
Friend
January 17, 2021
Captain Mac, Mary Lou was to genuine "keeper" I enjoyed her spirit and friendship and will keep her memory close to my heart. Looking for good weather and great fishing Take care brother,

Captain Greg O'Claray now living in Warrenton, Oregon.
gregory o'claray
Friend
January 17, 2021
Sorry to hear of the passing of Mary Lou. She was another great Juneau Pioneer & loved by many. My condolences to all of the Meiners, a long time Juneau family & much loved. Terry Baxter
Terry Baxter
January 17, 2021
May God’s loving kindness and comfort help you and your family through this very difficult time. Matthew 5:4
L L
January 17, 2021
We knew Mary Lou well enough to know that another fun and warm person has left this earth. Our sincere condolences to the entire Meiners family.
Sid and Peggy LaMonica
Acquaintance
January 16, 2021
My condolences to the family . May you find comfort in your treasured memories
and Gods promise to return our loved ones . 1st Thessalonians 4 : 13 & 14 .
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