Obituary of Leona Meek (1936 – 2021) – Grand Junction, CO


Leona Pearl Sweet

June 19, 1936 – September 22, 2021

Leona Pearl (Heintz) Meek, a resident of Grand Junction, Colorado, passed away on September 22, 2021, at her home, of natural causes in the loving presence of family and friends.

Pearl was born on June 19, 1936 at her grandparents’ homestead in Great Divide, Colorado, the youngest daughter of George P. and Evelyn (Haltom) Heintz. She grew up in Craig, Colorado and attended school there, where she graduated in 1954. She began her career as an accountant in her father’s plumbing and heating business and at Meek Brother’s Trucking. , where she met her husband Roy C. Meek. She moved with him to Virginia when he enlisted in the United States Navy in the early 1960s and has always been a support and a successful partner during their many years together. She stayed home to raise their children, while helping run their trucking business and providing bookkeeping services to other small businesses. At one point in Cheyenne, Wyoming, she kept books for over 30 small businesses.

Creativity and caring for others always went hand in hand in everything she did. Her knitting needles and hooks delighted her daughter, nieces, granddaughter and many more as Barbie doll clothes, animals and fruits and vegetables started there. Knitted dolls came to life to bring smiles to friends, adults and children, all of her own creation – if she could see it in her mind, she could knit it. She loved to paint in oils and watercolors and her paintings won awards and were exhibited in businesses and homes. During her retirement years, she learned to play the dobro and spent many winters jamming with retired musicians in the desert near Yuma, Arizona.

Pearl is survived by her husband of 62 years, Roy C. Meek, of Grand Junction, Colorado; daughter, Rebecca (John) Stasko, and granddaughter Alena-Irina Stasko, from Ust-Ilimsk, Russia; sister, Fay (Almon) Durham, of Farmington, New Mexico, and nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her father, George P. Heintz; mother, Evelyn (Haltom) Heintz; sister, Georgia Roys; sons, George Paul and Claude Roy Meek, and five grandchildren.

A Celebration of the Life of Pearl will be held on October 9 at 1:00 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2949 Highway 50, Grand Junction, CO 81503.

Posted by The Daily Sentinel on October 3, 2021.

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