MENOMONIE, Wis. - Anne Kathleen (Carey) Meyers, 88, of Menomonie, passed away Thursday, May 1, 2014, in her own home.
Anne was born in Kingsford in 1926 to Charles and Lula (Wright) Carey. As a young woman Anne worked as a secretary in Michigan, Washington D.C., and Great Lakes, Ill. While interested in drawing as a young child, her adult interest in art was originated by a Rembrandt exhibit at the National Gallery during her time in D.C. In 1949, she and her sister Jean traveled to Ireland, their father's homeland.
On Sept. 2, 1950, Anne married DJ (Jim) Meyers in Kingsford. They had four children.
Jim's job took the growing family to Italy and Switzerland, allowing summers home with family in Northern Michigan. While in Europe, Anne gave herself and her children a wonderful education in art from the many museums she visited.
Following the death of her husband, Anne and her cat Misty moved from her long-time home in Pennsylvania to Menomonie so that she could be closer to family. She designed her home with an art studio on the second floor so that she was able to pursue her interest in oil and acrylic painting and in quilting. Her backyard was home to a great variety of birds and other wildlife of which Anne passionately cared for and appreciated.
In the 1980s and '90s, Anne and her sister Frances went several more times to Ireland. After Misty's death in 2007, Anne opened her home to a stray kitty, Tawny, who had adopted Anne. As time went on, Anne's health declined so Anne and daughter Kathleen joined households.
For the few days Anne chose to be home on hospice, she was able to hold her kitty, drink really good coffee, and see a plethora of birds. The warbler, who makes its appearance for only a few days each spring, came the day before she died. She passed peacefully. Anne Kathleen Carey Meyers is another vivid example of a life well-lived.
Anne was preceded in death by her husband, DJ Meyers; her son, Richard Carey Meyers; and her brother, Charles Carey.
She is survived by her children, Michael Meyers of Centerville, Va., Kathleen Meyers-Welsch of Menomonie, and Daniel Meyers of Tucson, Ariz.; grandchildren, Colleen Cather of Virginia, David (Kristy) Meyers of Cottonwood, Ariz., Anne Meyers-Welsch of Minneapolis; great-granddaughters, Fiona and Porter Cather of Virginia; sisters, Jean (Bernie) Zeitz of Iron Mountain, and Frances (Buzz) Elliott of Milwaukee; and many loving cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, May 5, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Menomonie. Rev. Thomas Krieg will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church on Monday.
Inurnment will be at a later date in Northern Michigan.
Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Menomonie is serving the family.
Condolences may be made online at www.rhielfuneralhome.com.