Theodora (Dora) Geertruida Meekes (nee Zieverink)
January 23, 1930 ~ January 12, 2012
Theodora (Dora) Geertruida Meekes (nee Zieverink) passed away on January 12, 2012 at the Creston Valley Hospital at the age of 81 years, with family by her side.
Dora was born to Maria and Bernardus Zieverink on January 23, 1930 at Meddo, the Netherlands, and educated in Winterswijk, the Netherlands. She married John Meekes on March 27, 1951 in Holland and immigrated to Rossland, BC in May of 1951. Dora and John were dairy farmers in Rossland, Trail and Lister, BC for the following fifty years. They began their family in 1952 and are survived by eleven of twelve children.
Dora was an active member of the Holy Cross Catholic Church and the Catholic Women’s League. She enjoyed dancing, playing cards, bowling, knitting and cooking, especially for family and friends.
She was predeceased by her infant son Stephen Meekes in April, 1959. Dora will be dearly missed by her husband of 61 years John, children Marie (Albert) Sommerfeld, Bernie (Sharon), Bernadette (Gary) Doll, Paul (Debbie), Frank, Mike (Jennifer) Carol (Geoff) Donnelly, Patricia (Peter) Eigeard, Irene (Mark) Sanders, Stephanie (Rob) Bjarnason and Connie; twenty grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Prayers were held on Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 7:00 pm at Holy Cross Catholic Church.
A Mass of Christian Burial took place on Monday, January 16, 2012 at 11:00 am at Holy Cross Catholic Church with Father Aaron DeDois celebrant.
A private family interment of ashes was held following the service at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Erickson, BC.
Friends wishing to make a memorial contribution in Dora’s name may do so to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of BC, 4 -1551 Sutherland Ave., Kelowna, BC V1Y 9M9 or to the charity of the donor’s choice.