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Charlotte J. Meek, age 85, of Geneva, IL, passed away in the afternoon of Sunday, November 17, 2019, surrounded by the love and prayers of her family.
Charlotte was born in Glen Ellyn, IL, on August 3, 1934, to proud parents Walter and Grace Bankson.
When Charlotte was of a young age, they moved to Geneva, IL. Charlotte graduated from Geneva High School with the class of 1952. While there, she enjoyed playing basketball, shortstop on the girlsâ€™ softball team and was the president for the Girls Athletic Association. During high school, Charlotte worked at Mill Race Inn in Geneva, IL. Following her high school graduation, she was employed by the Howell Corporation in the accounts receivable department.
Through a community sporting event in Geneva, Charlotte met the one who would take her breath away, Stafford D. Meek. After Stafford returned from the war in Korea, they united in marriage on February 11, 1956. Soon after made their home in Elburn, IL, where they raised their three daughters, Jennifer, Anna Marie, and Mary Jane.
After the girls were a little older, Charlotte worked as the secretary for Elburn Grade School beginning in 1972 and retired from Wallace Computers in St. Charlies in 1999.
Charlotte was a member of a bowling league for many years. Throughout her life, Charlotte was very athletic; she participated in so many different sports. Charlotte played tennis, and biked as much as she could, and walked every day until a few years ago. As Charlotte got older, she started strength training with her niece, Melissa.
Other than making sure she stayed active, Charlotte also made sure she was there for her family and anyone who was in need. In her humbled and quiet way, Charlotte would bless people anonymously and quietly. She never spoke of her countless acts of kindness, but simply set an example by doing. She also enjoyed making baked goods to bless others with as well as shopping for gifts for family and friends to not only meet a need, but carefully chose something that expressed how special they were to her. Charlotteâ€™s acts of kindness and giving brought her great joy, and throughout her life she put others before herself.
Christmas was Charlotteâ€™s favorite time of year and she enjoyed every aspect of it. She loved Christmas music and it accompanied every family tradition from the tree trimming and decorating, to the making of her homemade fudge, Spritz cookies, cinnamon rolls, and more. Every year, each member of Charlotteâ€™s family received a brand new ornament for the tree until there was almost no more room. She had a special joy in setting the manger scene in place to honor our Savior, the true reason for the season, in preparation for Christmas Day dinner with extended family.
Charlotte appreciated the beauty in nature and had seen as many of the national parks as she could. Although she had loved the Grand Canyon and Alaska, the places she loved the most were the ones that had beaches. It was her happy place.
She was a loyal fan of the Chicago Bears and Chicago Bulls, but she especially loved to watch the Womenâ€™s Basketball League.
When her children had children of their own, there was a light that shined so bright in Charlotteâ€™s eyes as she welcomed each grandchild. Charlotte enjoyed sharing the latest Disney movies, creating Easter egg hunts for them, and often brought them a Beanie Baby or stickers for fun. Every single event that Charlotteâ€™s grandchildren were in, she made sure she attended.
Family was everything to Charlotte and she was everything to them with her opened arms and her smile that shined bright. You never heard a negative or judgmental comment from her, but only and always words of encouragement to everyone she saw each day. Her quiet strength was steadfast through the years as she relied on God knowing the words of her favorite poem, “Footprints in the Sand” were so true. As her grandchildren had said, “she was always so sweet and wonderful”. Charlotte will be forever missed, but never forgotten.
She is survived by her three daughters, Anna Marie Richards, Mary Jane (Lewis) Turk, and Jennifer (Roy) Pfingsten; her grandchildren, Edwin Turk, Eleanor Turk and Leah Richards; her sister, Patricia; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Charlotte is preceded in death by her husband, Stafford Meek; her parents; a best friend, Barb, and her grandson Johan Richards.
A visitation will be held on Monday, November 25, 2019, from 11:30- 12:30 p.m., at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL 60119, with a service at 12:30p.m. Visitation will continue following the services until 2:30 p.m. Interment will commence at 3:30 p.m., at Oak Hill Cemetery, Geneva, IL.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Charlotteâ€™s name. Checks may be made to the “Charlotte Meek Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com
A visitation will be held on Monday, November 25, 2019, from 11:30- 12:30 p.m., at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL 60119, with a service at 12:30p.m. Visitation will continue following the services until 2:30 p.m.
Interment will commence at 3:30 p.m., at Oak Hill Cemetery, Geneva, IL.