Joanne Elaine Rainford Meador – “Mick” to family. Our Mom was born on April 17, 1930, to Lloyd “Kelly” and Marie Rainford in Everson, Washington. She gently left us on September 16, 2017.
Mom was a beautiful, amazing, strong-willed, creative Christian woman who faced life head-on, no matter the challenge. She grew up out in the country, playing, growing, thriving in the outdoors.
She met and married our Dad, Oscar Meador in 1945. After Dad was discharged from the Coast Guard they moved to Gulfport, Mississippi, Dad’s hometown. Mom went to beauty school there, and her firstborn daughter, Marie, was born in 1947. In 1948 Mom and Dad returned to the Bellingham/Lynden area where Marvin, Marsha and Jim were born. In October, 1952 the family moved to Snoqualmie where Mom busily raised and cared for her family.
A committed wife, mother, grandmother and friend to many, Mom lived life to the fullest. She was an excellent cook, baker, cake decorater, crafter, housekeeper, gardener, employee at hardings store, Bible study leader, volunteer, friend, comforter, caretaker, advisor, organizer, and active lady. She had a way of making good come from bad things thrown her way in life, and there were some tough things along the way. We could not have asked for a better mother! She was devoted to taking good care of Dad for 62 years. She lovingly cared for her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She loved/spoiled those babies!
Mom was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Bill, husband, Oscar, and son, Jim. She was blessed to have had many loving family and friends along the way who were, I’m sure, eagerly awaiting her arrival in heaven.
She is survived by her childern: Marie (Lowell), Marvin (Cheri) and Marsha; grandchildren: David (Andrea), Kelly (Don), Eric (Peggy), Stacy (Dan), Jamey (Chad), Sean (Stacie), Don (Melanie) Dennis (Kim) and 17 great-grandchildren: Ashley, Ross, Courtney, James, Charley, Sara, Alex, Jessica, Andrew, Bryce, Sierra, Grayce, Hayle, Cole, Michael, Kevin and Dustin – all whom she adored. Best g-ma ever!
To all who have been her friends and caregivers and encouragers in the last few difficult years, we thank you for making this journey with mom a bit easier.