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Obituary: Patricia Semans Meier '52

Berea, KY: Patricia S. Meier, a long-time Berea resident and volunteer, passed away at age 80, May 12, 2011, in The Terrace in Berea, Ky.

Pat was a beloved mother, grandmother and dear friend to many people around the world. Pat was born August 17, 1930, in Columbus, Ohio, to parents Frank M. Semans and Catherine B. Semans. She attended Canfield High School in Ohio graduating as valedictorian. She received her BA in Psychology from Antioch College, graduating co-valedictorian with her only sibling Ruth M. Wood.

After college she married Louis H. Meier of Cincinnati, Ohio. Pat and Lou moved to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., in 1958 where they raised two children. When Pat retired at age 55, after a 19-year career with the Florida State Employment Service as office supervisor, she began a long period of volunteer work.

Pat was a member of the Bahai Faith, which stresses social equality and universal brotherhood. She served at the Bahai World Center in Haifa, Israel for 5 years as an office supervisor. After returning to the U.S. she lived in south Florida and served for three years as a VISTA volunteer and taught English to immigrants. Pat then continued on to Poland with the Peace Corps teaching ESL to high school children for three years.

After Pat relocated to Berea, Ky., she quickly became immersed in her local community. She actively volunteered for the Berea Health Ministry and the Friends of the Madison County Public Library before becoming a hospital volunteer. For a time she was auxiliary board President and auxiliary committee member which sponsors special projects. “Volunteer work keeps me positive,” Pat said. “I know my work is of benefit to the hospital, its patients and visitors, but it’s valuable to me as well. When you are helping others, you are not focused on yourself.” Pat also served on the board of The Berea Housing Authority as a resident member.

An avid reader and a lover of nature Pat had the ability to see beauty and simplicity in all things. Her generous spirit and years of selfless service to humanity continued until her passing. She was, through the years, so often alone, yet she was never lonely; she exemplified that phrase from one of the Bahaii prayers, “A Love for Thee is my companion.”

Pat is survived by: her son, David P. Meier of Lexington, Ky.; daughter, Cathe M. Emlaw of Camas, Wash.; and five grandchildren. Services were conducted May 13, 2011, in Berea Cemetery. A memorial service will take place at 5 p.m. May 28, 2011, at the Union Church in the Cowan Chapel, 200 Prospect Street, Berea. Davis & Powell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.