Peterson Funeral Chapel

     Lorene Elizabeth Meadows, 99, of Marionville, died at Mercy Hospital in Springfield on November 21, 2014.

     Lorene was born on High Street in Aurora, MO., February 3, 1915, the daughter of James Alexander and Agnes (Ward) Miller. Lorene was one of fewer  than ten people still living whose father fought in the Civil War, and the last on in Missouri.

     Lorene graduated high school in Aurora in the class of 1932. On December 15, 1932 she married Lester Meadows. He predeceased her on March 7, 1990. Lorene always lived in the Aurora area and was baptized in Honey Creek. She was a member of Elm Branch Christian Church in Aurora.

     Lester and Lorene were longtime residents of Barry Co., living on a farm south of Aurora near Leann. After Lester's death, Lorene continued to live there for sixteen years, moving to the Ozarks Methodist Manor in 2004 after sixty-three years on the same farm.

     Lorene was famous for her acquaintances  for her love of reading. Her mother persuaded the librarian at the Carnegie Library in Aurora to give Lorene her library card two years before the required age of six. This was in 1919, the year that Andrew Carnegie died. Lorene continued to be an ardent reader her whole life.

     Lorene is survived by her six children, Joyce Anne Sorbet of Maurice, LA., Shirley Branden of Newark, DE., Roger Meadows of Spartanburg, S.C., Mark Meadows of Cassville, MO.,  Denis Meadows of Springfield, MO. and John Meadows of Ashland, MO. Lorene left innumerable grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

     Preceding Lorene in death were her parents and one grandson, Jacob Meadows.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 29 at 10:00 a.m. in the Elm Branch Christian Church with pastor David Martin officiating under the care of Peterson Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in Maple Park Cemetery.

     Visitation will be held Friday from 6-8 p.m. in the funeral home.