ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Irene Meeker. We will remember her forever. Please feel free to add your stories, memories, feelings, thoughts, or photos of Irene so we can remember her life together.
Posted by Brian Meeker on June 16, 2021
I did not get to see Aunt Irene (and Uncle Neil) as often as I would have liked, but it was always a treat when I did! I feel blessed that Yancey and I were able to have a wonderful visit with them in Palestine back in 2016. (I’ve posted several photos from that trip. The “Pilgrimage to Palestine” I called it!) As always, they were generous and accommodating (as were Colleen, Molly and the entire family: No doubt traits passed down by their Mom/Grandma) and it’s a time I will always treasure.

Seeing Irene after any period of time was always a joy: That big smile and a huge hug and then the greeting of “well, hello, handsome!” (I’m going to believe she only saved that line for me…Haha!)

She was a wonderful woman and I will miss her greatly. Love to you all…Cousin Brian
Posted by Jim Meeker on June 16, 2021
Memories of my Mom:
  My Mom loved the Lord, she loved her family, she loved nature, and she loved music :—)
Back in the early 1960‘s my parents already had four children and the births took a toll on my mom, so her doctor warned her to not have any more children . . . but my parents took a chance and went ahead and had me . . . by God’s grace we both survived ! !  As a child there was nothing more wonderful than hugs from my Mom.
  I was blessed to grow up with a brother and three sisters. They were the ones who helped me remember what Mom & Dad wanted and expected of the five of us. I remember Mom sharing her Catholic faith with us and teaching us how to pray when we were young. In my early teens my brother Wes led me to a deeper, more personal, saving knowledge of Jesus. I couldn’t ask for a more precious family, especially since we all came to share the same faith !
  My Mom loved all kinds of music—while I was growing up I remember that very frequently music was being played on the radio, on the record player, or by one of us children. Mom gave me my first instruments: a recorder and a banjo ukulele. She was invaluable in helping me tune guitars as her sense of pitch was much better than mine.
  A little later in life my Mom was there to see me head off into the United States Air Force. While in the service my parents were able to come visit me in Germany after the birth of my first child—what a blessing to share family and Europe with my parents ! And later on in my career they blessed me while I was at school in Texas by loaning me their car so I could get around and see them on the weekends. It was such a great experience to have them there when I graduated from that course !!
  I remember introducing my girlfriend ( and later my bride ) Melinda to my Mom & Dad—they made that visit so memorable as they welcomed my Mel with love and acceptance. We played their favorite card games and they were so patient with us learning / re-learning how to play. That was the only time we got to be together with both of them and I’m so glad that our visit was so incredible !
  When I think of Mom, I mostly think of Dad & Mom, and not usually separate as “just Mom” or “just Dad.” It makes perfect sense for me to think of them as one. In the two of them I see God’s word in action—His word that says the two become one ( “one flesh”/ “like one body” ). I can only imagine what my Dad is going through with this physical separation . . . ( Lord God, please bless and comfort my Dad as well as all those grieving our loss of Mom / Irene ) . . .
But. We. Have. This. Hope !!! This amazing, glorious, love and faith and hope in the One who created us all, yes, we know that we will see Mom again ! ! !
Posted by Adam Seal on June 10, 2021
What can I really say about my Grandma who I haven't even seen or talked to for more than half my life?... The words are hard to come by. However, remembering growing up when she was around, might not have been about how much everyone ran to her for comfort, as much as who to look up to when you needed the right path to follow.  She was the person that would never back down out of fear of the unknown. She was the person you thought about when you needed to stand strong and push head on into the hardest parts of life. Our family wouldn't be what it is today without her. Thank you Grandma for showing all of us how to be who we want to be and how we should be. We all love you forever.
Posted by Christine Burzinski on May 28, 2021
YOUR TROUBLES WILL END SOON❣️❣️❣️
“Whom HE justified HE also glorified❣️” 
Romans 8:30

Here is a precious truth for you, believer. You may be poor or suffering or unknown, but for your encouragement take a moment to review your calling and the consequences that flow from it, and especially the blessed result spoken of here. As surely as you are God’s child today, so surely will all your trials soon come to an end, and you shall be rich to an extent that is hard to imagine.

Wait awhile, and your weary head will wear the crown of glory, and the worker’s hand shall grasp the palm-branch of victory. Do not bemoan your troubles, but rather rejoice that before long you will be where no longer “shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain anymore.” The chariots of fire are at your door, and it will take only a moment to transport you to the glorified. The everlasting song is almost on your lip. The portals of heaven stand open for you.

Do not think that you can fail to enter into your rest. If He has called you, nothing can divide you from His love. Distress cannot sever the bond; the fire of persecution cannot burn the link; the hammer of hell cannot break the chain. You are secure; that voice which called you at first shall call you yet again from earth to heaven, from death’s dark gloom to immortality’s unuttered splendors. Rest assured, the heart of Him who has justified you beats with infinite love toward you. You will soon be with the glorified, where your portion is; you are only waiting here to be made ready for the inheritance, and with that done, the wings of angels shall carry you far away, to the mount of peace and joy and blessedness, where
far from a world of grief and sin, with God eternally shut in, you shall rest forever and ever❣️

TRUTH for Life
Allistar Begg

Posted by Colleen Strong on May 26, 2021
My Mom was an incredible worker. She cleaned our floors on her hands and knees. She taught us good work ethic. She made fantastic meals. Her pies were famous in our family. The cousins would ask if Auntie Irene if she would make them pumpkin pies. She made herself and is girls dresses and Dad and the boys matching shirts. She took in ironing to help pay the bills. She had a terrific green thumb. Her gardens were always near and tidy. She loved crossword puzzles and reading. She loved her dogs who miss her greatly. Mom was an amazing woman who loved the Lord. I miss her very much.
Posted by Wes Meeker on May 25, 2021
My Mom was a perfectionist. It always had to be the best was her work ethic. She taught us all to take great pride in our work. I remember her working all night long to get a sewing job done. She fasted sleep to clothe her kids. She sewed for a Bride once. That’s a great honor to sew a wedding dress. She did it for our neighbor. His Bride.
 She worked very hard to keep us clothed and fed. She definitely was a Proverbs 31 woman. She did yard duty just to be with us at school.
Posted by Christine Burzinski on May 25, 2021
Mom was definitely a Proverbs 31 Woman❣️ She worked with skillful hands sewing clothes for her whole household, even creations for our Barbie dolls❣️ She knew how to cook such amazing meals that there were no leftovers❣️We would come home from school to the smells of dinner cooking on the stove and fresh baked cookies to enjoy❣️She made our Birthday cakes and let us choose the menu❣️She taught us to respect her and to not ask for treats so that we were all able to enjoy many wonderful gifts for our Birthdays and Christmas❣️ We learned at an early age to do our part to keep the house clean. I remember helping with dishes while standing on a chair at the sink. I can still see her hanging out of one of our windows as she cleaned the outside with vinegar water and dried it with newspapers❣️The screens would be drying on the lawn❣️
“Strength and dignity are her clothing and she smiles at the future❣️She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness❣️Her children rise up and bless her❣️ Her husband also and he praises her, saying, “Many daughters have done nobly, but you excel them all❣️“ Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who reverences THE LORD, she shall be praised❣️“ Proverbs 31:25~30
Posted by Kitty Thompson on May 25, 2021
My Mom brought up us five kids to be independent, hard working, self reliant, and respectful adults. She took us to the library and encouraged reading. She was a great cook, and for our birthdays she’d make whatever we wanted for dinner. She was a bookkeeper for our church, a pharmacy tech, and a great mom. Mom and Dad encouraged us in our Christian lives and loved to share blessings. I love my Mom and will miss her and her great laughter and smiles. Every time I hear a Neil Diamond song, I always think of how much Mom loved music. She taught us girls to cook, all of us how to keep a clean clean house, how to sew and crochet, and how to pray. Her hugs were big, and her love was huge.
Posted by Molly Connell on May 24, 2021
Irene Ellen Meeker
December 8, 1937 - May 23, 2021

Irene Ellen Meeker, 83 years old, went home to our Lord on Sunday, May 23, 2021 in Palestine, TX. She was born in Santa Cruz, CA and raised in San Jose, CA before marrying the love of her life. She moved to Texas upon his retirement in 1993, where she lived until her passing.

She is survived by her husband, Wesley Neil Meeker Sr, her brother Bud, her sister Joan, her five children: Colleen, Wes, Kitty, Christine, and Jim, 18 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren, and many cousins and extended family.

She loved to laugh and make others smile with her weird sense of humor. She looked forward to talking to her children on the phone. She loved her flowers and watching animals, especially birds and deer. She was well loved by her family and friends and she will be sincerely missed.

As per her final wishes no services will be held.

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Posted by Brian Meeker on June 16, 2021
I did not get to see Aunt Irene (and Uncle Neil) as often as I would have liked, but it was always a treat when I did! I feel blessed that Yancey and I were able to have a wonderful visit with them in Palestine back in 2016. (I’ve posted several photos from that trip. The “Pilgrimage to Palestine” I called it!) As always, they were generous and accommodating (as were Colleen, Molly and the entire family: No doubt traits passed down by their Mom/Grandma) and it’s a time I will always treasure.

Seeing Irene after any period of time was always a joy: That big smile and a huge hug and then the greeting of “well, hello, handsome!” (I’m going to believe she only saved that line for me…Haha!)

She was a wonderful woman and I will miss her greatly. Love to you all…Cousin Brian
Posted by Jim Meeker on June 16, 2021
Memories of my Mom:
  My Mom loved the Lord, she loved her family, she loved nature, and she loved music :—)
Back in the early 1960‘s my parents already had four children and the births took a toll on my mom, so her doctor warned her to not have any more children . . . but my parents took a chance and went ahead and had me . . . by God’s grace we both survived ! !  As a child there was nothing more wonderful than hugs from my Mom.
  I was blessed to grow up with a brother and three sisters. They were the ones who helped me remember what Mom & Dad wanted and expected of the five of us. I remember Mom sharing her Catholic faith with us and teaching us how to pray when we were young. In my early teens my brother Wes led me to a deeper, more personal, saving knowledge of Jesus. I couldn’t ask for a more precious family, especially since we all came to share the same faith !
  My Mom loved all kinds of music—while I was growing up I remember that very frequently music was being played on the radio, on the record player, or by one of us children. Mom gave me my first instruments: a recorder and a banjo ukulele. She was invaluable in helping me tune guitars as her sense of pitch was much better than mine.
  A little later in life my Mom was there to see me head off into the United States Air Force. While in the service my parents were able to come visit me in Germany after the birth of my first child—what a blessing to share family and Europe with my parents ! And later on in my career they blessed me while I was at school in Texas by loaning me their car so I could get around and see them on the weekends. It was such a great experience to have them there when I graduated from that course !!
  I remember introducing my girlfriend ( and later my bride ) Melinda to my Mom & Dad—they made that visit so memorable as they welcomed my Mel with love and acceptance. We played their favorite card games and they were so patient with us learning / re-learning how to play. That was the only time we got to be together with both of them and I’m so glad that our visit was so incredible !
  When I think of Mom, I mostly think of Dad & Mom, and not usually separate as “just Mom” or “just Dad.” It makes perfect sense for me to think of them as one. In the two of them I see God’s word in action—His word that says the two become one ( “one flesh”/ “like one body” ). I can only imagine what my Dad is going through with this physical separation . . . ( Lord God, please bless and comfort my Dad as well as all those grieving our loss of Mom / Irene ) . . .
But. We. Have. This. Hope !!! This amazing, glorious, love and faith and hope in the One who created us all, yes, we know that we will see Mom again ! ! !
Posted by Adam Seal on June 10, 2021
What can I really say about my Grandma who I haven't even seen or talked to for more than half my life?... The words are hard to come by. However, remembering growing up when she was around, might not have been about how much everyone ran to her for comfort, as much as who to look up to when you needed the right path to follow.  She was the person that would never back down out of fear of the unknown. She was the person you thought about when you needed to stand strong and push head on into the hardest parts of life. Our family wouldn't be what it is today without her. Thank you Grandma for showing all of us how to be who we want to be and how we should be. We all love you forever.
her Life

Grandma

For the past few years grandma and I have gotten closer then we had been the the previous 30 years. She loved to laugh and make others laugh. She loved to pick on people and tease them. I love music and we recently fixed the radio in her car so that we could listen to music as we went to her many doctors appointments. One of my favorite recent memories with her was sitting in the car driving home and her telling me different musicians she liked to listen to. I would find songs by those musicians and play them only the radio via my phone. She just sat there singing along with Don Francisco, The Monkees, Frank Sinatra, Rich Mullens, Alabama, and more. Her artists were very wide ranged and she had so much fun. I loved to see her laugh and smile. I will miss her very much.
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Auntie Irene...We love you and will miss you!

Shared by Brian Meeker on June 16, 2021
I did not get to see Aunt Irene (and Uncle Neil) as often as I would have liked, but it was always a treat when I did! I feel blessed that Yancey and I were able to have a wonderful visit with them in Palestine back in 2016. (I’ve posted several photos from that trip. The “Pilgrimage to Palestine” I called it!) As always, they were generous and accommodating (as were Colleen, Molly and the entire family: No doubt traits passed down by their Mom/Grandma) and it’s a time I will always treasure.

Seeing Irene after any period of time was always a joy: That big smile and a huge hug and then the greeting of “well, hello, handsome!” (I’m going to believe she only saved that line for me…Haha!)

She was a wonderful woman and I will miss her greatly.
Love to you all…
Cousin Brian

Nephew David remembering his Aunt Irene

Shared by Big Dave on June 7, 2021
To my Uncle Neil, his children, and their families,

Please accept my heartfelt condolences over the loss of an amazing lady.  Irene was Neil’s perfect life partner, and she was an incredible mother of my cousins Colleen, Kitty, Wesley, Jimmy and Christine.  Irene’s departure is tearful, yet so many of the tears represent thankfulness, appreciation, and cherished memories.  She had a spirit of love and laughter throughout her lifelong journey with Neil.  Anyone having the fortune to know Irene can attest to her natural likability.

Most of my memories predate their relocation to Texas.  Irene always seemed jolly, even through toughest of times raising a family, making ends meet, and surviving get-togethers involving the Zizzo family.  While Irene and Neil were working hard to raise my cousins to be virtuous and respectful, I was being, let’s say “rambunctious” with my cousins.  Those were times I could see a look of “don’t do that” in Irene’s eyes, but her heart and forgiveness always came to my rescue - even when I went searching for another serving of her desserts.  I know it sounds peculiar, but I had my own thoughts of “don’t do that” whenever I saw Aunt Irene smoking.  She certainly wasn’t the only Meeker-Zizzo family member that ever smoked.  I just found it a little surprising that she smoked.  Although many years passed by, I still felt a bit down about Irene and Neil moving “far away” to Texas.  Based on pictures, feedback from others, Neil’s past Facebook postings, my late father’s visit in 1998, and visiting with Irene and Neil in San Jose at my father’s 70th surprise birthday party, I am happy for their fulfillment and extended family that came thereafter.

It is comforting to know Irene is indeed at peace.

Auntie Irene

Shared by Kevin Meeker on June 1, 2021
Auntie Irene was a beautiful person. Her smile, friendliness and laugh were infectious. She always made you feel at home. The perfect Thanksgiving Always included her pies. The perfect pie. She was loved by all and you knew you were loved by her. I’m thankful that she was a part of my life. Love and hugs to everyone who was part of her life and especially to you Uncle Neil.