Mary Alice Rader Meyer, 89, of Magnolia, Arkansas passed away peacefully on Monday, May 15, 2023, at the Grand Village of Clear Creek, in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
She was born August 26, 1933, in Foard County, Texas to the late Joseph Powell and Ota Marie (Randolph) Rader. She graduated from Crowell High School and, at 17, moved to Wichita Falls to attend Secretarial School. She soon met the love of her life, the late Robert E. "Bob" Meyer on a blind date. They were engaged within eight days and married within six months. Her family finds comfort that they have been reunited.
Mary was a lifelong and faithful parishioner at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church as well as a member of PEO, Chapter AN, in Magnolia. She was a staunch supporter of several local organizations, and a member of the SAU Foundation Lifetime Giving Society. Along with Bob, they proposed and constructed the first section of the SAU Walking Trail. Mary's lifelong vocation was motherhood. She devoted her life to her six children and was affectionately known as Gran Mary by her grandchildren.
Mary is preceded in death by her parents, her beloved spouse, and her oldest child, Mary Virginia "Gini" Oden. She is survived by five children, Mike Meyer and wife Kay of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Linda Powell of White Oak, Texas, Tony Meyer and wife Melissa of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Elizabeth Clement and husband Richard of Yantis, Texas, and Carl Meyer and his wife Susan of Bossier City, Louisiana; seventeen grandchildren, Eric Graham, Aaron Graham, Sara Janis, Zachary Meyer, Jill Edwards, Travis McElroy, Stephanie Powell, Cole Meyer, Cassie Apruzzese, Will Meyer, Adam Williams, Alex Williams, Lindsey Salters, Brian Clement, Blake Meyer, Cliff Meyer and McKinley Meyer, 20 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.
Visitation with the family will begin at 1:30 p.m. on today, May 18, 2023, at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church with Father Michael Johns officiating with a funeral service to follow at 2:30 pm. A private burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Lewis Funeral Home of Magnolia. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church Building Fund, 2114 North Jackson Street, Magnolia, Arkansas 71753, the Southern Arkansas University Foundation Walking Trail in care of SAU Foundation, PO Box 9174, Magnolia, Arkansas 71754, or the Stew Pot, in care of First United Methodist Church Magnolia, 320 West Main Street, Magnolia, Arkansas 71753 or any charity of your choice.
Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Beatrice Godbolt, 94, of Buckner, passed away Friday, May 5, 2023, at Wentworth Place in Magnolia.
Celebration of Life services will be held Saturday, May 20, 2023, at 11 a.m., at R.L. Reed Funeral Home Chapel in Magnolia, with burial to follow at Kendrick Chapel Cemetery in Waldo. Rev. Fred Jackson, Eulogist.
Visitation will be Friday, May 19, from 1–4 p.m., at R.L. Reed Funeral Home.
LONNIE BROOKS JR.
Lonnie (Lil-C) Brooks Jr., 39, of Magnolia, passed away Saturday, May 13, 2023, in Stephens.
Celebration of Life services will be held Saturday, May 20, 2023, at 3 p.m., at St. Stephens Baptist Church in Stephens, with burial to follow at Macedonia Cemetery in McNeil. Rev. Roy Jones Jr., Eulogist.
Visitation will be Friday, May 19, from 1–4 p.m., at R.L. Reed Funeral Home in Magnolia.