Obituary of Mary Decker Meadows |

Obituary of Mary Decker Meadows

Mary Decker Meadows passed away on July 8, 2015 at her home in Nevada City, in the presence of her children.

She was born in Biola, Calif., on Sept. 17, 1923, a fourth generation Californian. She graduated from Santa Cruz High School, and after attending a trade school, she was employed by Bethlehem Shipyard Corp. as a marine draftsman. During WWII, she served as a Corporal in the Woman’s Army Corps, where she continued as a Draftsman for the Army Air Force. In 1959 she moved to San Jose with her children. She was employed by Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company and retired 29 years later. In 1995 she relocated from San Jose to Nevada City.

Mary, always devoted to her family, also loved gardening, home projects, photography, reading, camping, the beach, the river and the mountains. She attended Twin Cities Church where she enjoyed the Community Groups she was connected with. She was loved and admired by those that knew her and we were blessed to have her in our lives.

Mary, always passionate about her family, is survived by her son Michael G. Meadows; daughter Shelley Desmond; son-in-law Marc; granddaughters, Rebecca (Ryan) Paterson, Kristin (Matt) Brown; great-grandchildren, Ashlyn, Caleb, Eli and Adeline Paterson, Landon and Ethan Brown; her sister Jayne McKinney; as well as many nieces, nephews and wonderful friends.

She was preceded in death by her mother Dorothy Crawford; father Leo Decker; sisters, Binnie Welborn Templin and Niki McIntyre; brother Bud Decker; and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of her life will be held at 3 p.m. on Aug. 10 at Twin Cities Church in Grass Valley.

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