Elizabeth Meyer

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Elizabeth Ann Meyer, nee Miller, 82, of Belleville, IL, born February 19, 1938, in Belleville, IL, peacefully passed away on Wednesday, April 15, 2020, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL.

Also known as Grandma Libby, Elizabeth was a loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. As a stay at home mom for many years, she raised three children with Wendell, her husband of 62 years.  She held a variety of jobs over the years such as: a cafeteria server at Roosevelt Elementary School, office worker at Belleville Shoe and a sales associate at Famous Barr/Macy’s for over 17 years.

Elizabeth was a kind and loyal friend who took pleasure in going to water aerobics at the Y as well as playing cards at Westhaven Pool every summer. She enjoyed working side by side with Wendell at the craft shows and their store, Meyer’s Woodcraft.  They had exciting adventures traveling cross-country together with Wendell as the driver and Elizabeth as the navigator. Her favorite place to go was the beach where she delighted in the warmth of the sun, the ocean breeze and laughter with her friends and family.

Elizabeth was a woman who cared about creating an inviting and loving home for her family and friends. She valued independence and education, encouraging their children to “get a college degree”.  Mark, Sandy, and Lisa made her proud when they graduated from college as well as all seven grandchildren, something she was never able to do.  Her love of dogs and cats was instilled into her children and grandchildren.

No family/friend gathering was complete without her broccoli rice casserole loved by so many.  All her family are wondering what Alice, her mother, has said to her when she arrived in Heaven without her famous dish in hand.

Elizabeth was preceded in death by her parents, Claude and Alice, nee Frary, Miller.

Surviving are her husband, Wendell A. Meyer, whom she married on June 15, 1957;
a son, Mark (Boonlak Gairat) Meyer of Belleville, IL;
two daughters, Sandra (Kevin) Richter of Belleville, IL, and Rev. Lisa (Frank) Vineyard of Roanoke, IL;
seven grandchildren, Lindsee (Ben) Welle, Mackenzie Meyer, Madison Meyer, Kyle (Tessa) Richter, Chad Richter, Kimberly (Ryan) Holsapple, and Bryce Richter;
and two great-grandchildren, Rhett and Willa Richter.

Memorials may be made to the Belleville Area Humane Society or to the charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

 Funeral: A private funeral services was held for the family. A celebration of life will be held in the future.


12 Comments on Elizabeth Meyer

Debra Kritis said : Guest Report May 21, 2020 at 10:53 AM

I worked with Elizabeth at Famous Bare\Macy's for years.She was my friend and I will miss her, I still put up the little Christmas tree she gave me every year. Happy journeys Elizabeth

  • Edwardsville
  • Ill
Joyce and Bob Dintelmann said : Guest Report May 03, 2020 at 12:32 PM

Our sympathy to Wendall and all the family. Joyce remembers your Mom from Roosevelt when our kids were there. Blessings.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Karen and Allen Buchheit said : Guest Report May 03, 2020 at 11:35 AM

Sandy, We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Shiloh
  • Illinois
Jana Herndon said : Guest Report Apr 30, 2020 at 11:45 AM

Sandy, Kevin and Family - so sorry to hear about your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Take care! Jana and Rick Herndon

  • Belleville
  • IL
Jim & Pat Ross said : Guest Report Apr 27, 2020 at 10:42 AM

Wendell, Sandy & family, we were sorry to read of Elizabeth passing. For years we enjoyed her friendship at the YMCA, she was a sweet lady! Pease know you are in our thoughts & prayers at this sad time.

  • Belleville
  • Il
Jama (Richardson) Burch said : Guest Report Apr 27, 2020 at 9:30 AM

I will miss bumping into Mrs. Meyer and keeping up with all the family news. Such a sweet and caring woman! As a child I remember many fun sleepovers at the Meyer’s house and playing in the most fantastic playhouse ever. She was a calming motherly comfort to me in the Roosevelt cafeteria during my early years there. Later in life I kept up with her at craft fairs where my parents were also vendors. And then at Westhaven pool when my children were young. I even remember being in some of those YMCA water aerobic classes with her. My prayers are with you Lisa, Sandy, Mark, and Wendell. So happy you have the comfort that she’s waiting in heaven for you. She was an incredible woman. — Jama

  • Belleville
  • IL
Tammy and Dean Gramlich said : Guest Report Apr 22, 2020 at 9:31 AM

We have fond memories of Elizabeth. You are all in our prayers during this difficult time.

  • Swansea
  • Illinois
Lana Brede said : Guest Report Apr 21, 2020 at 6:14 PM

My Deepest Sympathy to the Richter Family! My prayers are with you during this sadden time!

  • Belleville
  • Il.
Kimberly Yoch Seiber said : Guest Report Apr 21, 2020 at 8:54 AM

Dear Wendell, Mark and Family, Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss. Elizabeth was such a big part of my childhood at Roosevelt and Central Jr. High. She was a Great Room Mother and worked with my own Mother for many years this way. We had so much fun together. I loved to visit her at Famous Barr/ Macy's. It was always great to reminisce with her. May you find comfort in the celebration of her life. God Bless You All.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Bill and Pat Biehl said : Guest Report Apr 20, 2020 at 9:04 AM

We were saddened to here of your loss. Please, accept our deepest sympathies.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Irene Going said : Guest Report Apr 19, 2020 at 11:37 AM

So sorry to hear about your loss. I have manyfond memories of the family

  • Okawville
  • IL
Jane Bomaldi said : Guest Report Apr 18, 2020 at 10:56 PM

Got to know Elizabeth at Famous Barr/Macy’s where we both retired from. She in China/Bridal and I in Domestics. Always enjoyed the Camaraderie there with fellow employees including Elizabeth. I am sorry for your Loss.

  • Belleville
  • ILM

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