Dorothy Meier, 87, Scottsbluff

Dorothy Meier, 87, of Scottsbluff, passed away Monday, September 23, 2013 at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff.

Services will be Friday, September 27, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Scottsbluff Seventh Day Adventist Church, in Scottsbluff with Pastor Ken Maldonado officiating. Please join the family for a dinner and time of sharing memories and fellowship immediately following the service. A private family interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Scottsbluff Seventh Day Adventist Church in Dorothy's name. Friends may call at Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel between 9:00 a.m. – 8 :00 p.m. Thursday with the family present between 4-7:00 p.m. Tributes of sympathy may be left at www.dugankramer.com

"Mrs. Meier!! Mrs. Meier!!" How many children exclaimed that as they played on the playground or sat in a classroom? Dorothy L. Neuharth-Meier retired a beloved teacher, comrade and friend as a result of the many classroom hours she spent in education.

Dorothy was born to Lydia (Mehrer) and Dave Neuharth on June 16, 1926. She was the oldest of three children, followed by Donald and Marvin.

Dorothy's early years were spent in the "big yellow house" east of Lake Minatare. Her parents along with Fred and Katie Neuharth, raised their children together as one family. Dorothy's cousin Selma taught her to read, and soon at the young age of 16 Dorothy obtained a teaching certificate. Her dream of being a school teacher became a reality!

Dorothy's fondest memory was that of July 4, 1944 when Dave D. Meier bought her homemade peach pie. Their eyes twinkled, and on November 5, 1944 they were married.

Along with many challenges of the war years, working on the farm, and making a life together, three children completed the family circle: Steven D. Meier, Deborah Christine and Kristal.

Dorothy was very proud of her children's accomplishments, especially when it came to her grandchildren: Hollie Sutton, Jason and Danny Meier and Travis and Jennifer John.

Dorothy taught in the Bridgeport School System for 9 years, then moved to the Sunflower School and retired from the Mitchell School System in 1993. Dorothy never quit teaching or thinking "about school". Every August she spoke of "school starting".

As time passed, life changed as it does with every season. Dave was laid to rest on May 27, 1988. Dorothy continued to maintain her home and yard on 5th Avenue. She loved trimming back the ivy vines, gleaning the blackberries and hosting numerous picnics and dinners.

2005 brought yet another change when Dorothy became a resident of The Village at RWMC. She continued her love of people, and then her favorite pastime became writing and mailing greeting cards. Her favorite people were EVERYONE! It didn't matter if you lived at The Village or across the world, she had just that special card for you!

Dorothy was a faithful Seventh Day Adventist. She served the Lord of the Sabbath with uprightness and dignity. She was a shining example to all who knew her. Her legacy of Adventism will precede her.

Mourning Dorothy's passing are children Steven D. and Opal Meier of Payette, ID, Deborah Christine Russell and Bill Chamberlain of Denver, CO and Kristal and James John of Mitchell, NE. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren: Joe and Holli (Sutton) Benkelman - Lindsey, Nicole and Kaitlyn of Denver, CO and Travis and Linnea (John), Foster and Jaxie of Gering, NE; Brandon and Jennifer (John) Brock - Kinsley, RAF Lakenheath England, grandsons, Danny and Jason Meier, California. Her brother Marv and Jeri Neuharth of Chadron, NE, cousins, Selma Bird and Lillian Hagen-Roll, special friends Cathy and Steve Erdman , numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Her husband Dave Meier, brother Don Neuharth and her parents preceded her in death.

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