Mildred M. “Millie” Meck, 91, of Girard, died Saturday, February 13, at her residence in Girard.
She was born August 28, 1918 in Girard, the daughter of Gerald and Gertrude Ellen (Crossland) Mills. She grew up and attended schools at Girard and Kansas City, Kansas, graduating from Girard High School in 1938.
She married Leo Louis Meck on June 7, 1942 in Girard. He preceded her in death on January 26, 1957.
She worked in Pittsburg teaching Braille and proof reading. She also worked at Topeka as a cafeteria manager in the state offices from 1973 to 1980.
She then worked in Wichita as cafeteria manager at the Wichita Clinic from 1980 to 1985. She retired and moved back to Girard in 1985.
She was a member of the First Christian Church of Girard, American Business Women, Kansas Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, American Council for the Blind, Girard Lions Club, and the Girard PTA and was a past president. She also served as a 4-H leader, teaching girls to knit and as a Girl Scout Assistant Leader.
In her retirement she worked at Envision in Pittsburg for a few years, served in the Hospital Auxiliary as a pink lady at the Girard Hospital, and was a volunteer “Grandma” at the Safe House in Pittsburg. She also participated in a study for the blind and visually impaired at Harvard Medical School from 1993 to 1996.
Mildred never let her blindness get in the way of or stop her from helping others or accomplishing the things that she wanted to do with her life. The way she lived life and her attitude was an inspiration to all and will certainly be missed by those whose lives that she had touched.
Survivors include sons, Nicholas Meck and Judie Cuprisin of Chicago, Illinois; Richard Meck and Vickie of Tecumseh, Kansas ; daughters, Jerri Dundee and Mike, of Manteca, Wilda Pentola of Farlington, Kansas and Peggy Marshall and Jerry of Girard; 14 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers, a sister, and a grandson.
Memorial services will be at 10 a.m., Friday, at the Smith-Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Girard with Rev. Doug Amend officiating. Burial will follow in the Girard Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 Thursday evening at Mildred’s home, 230 E. Prairie in Girard. Memorials are suggested to the Mildred Meck Education Scholarship Fund, Girard Medical Center Foundation, or the First Christian Church of Girard and these may be left at or mailed to the funeral home at 518 W. St. John Ave ., P.O. Box 258, Girard, KS 66743. Condolences may be left for the family at www.wallfuneralservices.com.
Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010