To know Mary Ellen (Gill) Meyer was to love her. Her infectious smile, warm hugs and sweet spirit will be dearly missed as she flew to her Heavenly home on Nov. 3, 2017 in Edmond, Okla. after a brief illness.
Mary was born June 13, 1929 in Norman, Okla. to Horace Henry and Charlotte Emma (Barbour) Gill. Mary met Al Meyer in 1943 when he came to the former Adair school to pick up ball players and take them to Falls school for a game. They began dating soon after and were married Aug. 24, 1946 in Gainesville, Texas.
Al and Mary's home was the center of family, extended family and friend activity year- round. Whether it was Christmas Eve, hunting eggs at Easter, churning homemade ice cream on July 4th, a catfish fry, gathering in the cellar during storm season, or Sunday dinners after church - all were welcome.
While Al repaired boats, moved homes, and other various jobs, Mary was a homemaker who stayed busy raising their daughter and three sons. You would always find a home cooked breakfast, dinner or supper along with fresh homemade bread, cinnamon rolls, oatmeal cookies or canned vegetables throughout the day. The winter time would find the family Elk hunting in Colorado or deer hunting closer to home and the summer was spent at Lake Eufaula or Lake Texhoma fishing and running trot lines.
After her children started school, Mary loved working for the Cleveland County Election Board on election day for over 25 years, in the nursery at Sooner Lanes Bowling Alley for 13 years, served as an active volunteer at Four Seasons Nursing Home and then at Rosewood Manor caring for her mother, brother and mother-in-law for 10 years, and worked part-time for Brockhaus Flowers and Gifts in Noble, Okla. Both Al and Mary also cared for their grandchildren and great-grandchildren in their home on regular occasion providing many fond memories of their beloved grandparents. She cherished every gift given to her no matter how big or small and was often brought to tears by the gesture.
Following Al's death in 2001, Mary lived closer to her children and became more active in her Sunday School class at Bethel Baptist Church, oversaw all the cooking each fall at the family deer camp, loved country and gospel music, collecting all things relating to a cardinal bird, loved flowers, traveled extensively with family and friends, cared for loved ones that were ill, and spent time with her brothers and sister's families. Despite the fact Mary never had a driver's license or drove a car, she always had a bevy of drivers at her call who were more than happy to spend time in her cheerful presence.
Mary was preceded in death by her husband Al; infant daughter Charlotte Ann; her parents; grandson Clinton Ray Meyer; grandson-in-law Michael Dickinson; brothers Merle and Duane Gill; and many other family and friends. She is survived by daughter Yvonne Hatfield and husband Dan of Edmond; sons Stanley and wife Debbie, Mark and wife Donna, and Paul and wife Lisa, all of Norman. Mary is also survived by grandchildren Lori Hatfield Black and husband Robert of Edmond; David Hatfield and wife Lori of Stillwater; Matt Meyer and wife Candice of Norman; Josh Meyer and wife Jessica of Norman; Lisa Carpenter and husband Justin of Lexington; Joe Meyer and wife Janae of Noble; Hannah Meyer and Ariel Meyer both of Norman. Great-grandchildren Grace, Samuel, Hanna and Jude of Edmond; Clay and Sarah of Stillwater; Katelyn, Henry and Luke of Norman; Jacob, Jack and Jace of Norman; Wyatt and Hailey of Lexington; Haden and Karson of Noble; and Mason of Norman.
In addition, Mary is survived by her sister Naomi Snowdon of Norman, brothers Harold Gill of Conway, Ark.(Formerly of Norman) and Wayne Gill of Noble, sister-in-laws Juanita Gill and Claire Meyer of Norman, life-long friend Pat Imhoff, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A celebration of Mary's life will be held at 1:30 p.m., Nov. 9, 2017 at Bethel Baptist Church in Norman. Visitation will be on Nov. 8th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at McMahan's Funeral Home in Noble.
Published on November 7, 2017