Georgia Anna Bartlett Meisner died on Sunday, October 27, 2019 at Legacy House, in Ogden, Utah. On September 5, 1930, Georgia Meisner was born, to Grayce L Russell and Dr. George O. Bartlett, on a kitchen table, really close to the intersection of 26th and Monroe, the house has been torn down for years and replaced with a Family Dollar, but she would point it out every time she rode by. Georgia graduated from Ogden High School in 1948. She married her best friend Wayne Meisner on September 15, 1950 in Santa Ana, CA. Together they raised three children Kathy, Melissa and Della, next to the Presbyterian Church she was baptized in as a child on 24th and Adams, the same church that later became the American Foreign Legion and played country music in the 1970’s and turned into Kamakazi’s playing death metal in the 1990’s. Somehow she and Wayne slept through years of an ever changing pallet of loud guitar and drums from the next door bar.
Georgia was born, raised and died in the same town. She didn’t drive, so her husband was both chauffeur, companion and best friend. Wayne shuffled her and the kids between First United Methodist Church, the Ogden Masonic Temple, PEO meetings all over the state, the grocery store, and with age the doctor. She was active in several organizations and gave freely of her time and talents, cooking fundraiser dinners for 800 people and not batting an eye, hosting tea parties with whatever group of ladies she was in charge of from year to year, raising money for scholarships, accompanying a soloist or putting together a quartet for a girls choir competition were all just normal occurrences for her. She was a troop leader for Girl Scouts, a Majority Member and Past Honored Queen of Bethel #2 Ogden Utah, a former member of OES, Past President of PEO Chapter M and Past State President of the State of Utah for PEO. She sang in a trio called the Joyful Sound and played the piano, organ and conducted the First United Methodist Church and Glory to God Church choirs. She was a secretary at United Way Family Counseling Center until she retired.
She was a terrible cookie baker, but a delicious homemade bread and apricot jam maker. She always had a pot of soup or something delicious on the stove and a load of laundry in the drier with the back door open. Thanksgiving and Christmas brought all 14 family members to her home for dinner and dessert. A fuse or two would always blow as the dishwasher, radio, all of the lights and microwave were run at the same time. Someone always had to get on their hands and knees to get from the living room to the kitchen under the dining room table or through the secret closet door, but as a family we wouldn’t of had it any other way. Reader’s Digest were a staple next to the toilet, and half finished needle work next to her lazy boy chair would entertain the many cats that she loved and talked to. You knew you were family if you had to watch TV through a twelve foot bouncing coiled telephone cord strung across the living room. As the world transitioned from records to 8 track, to tapes to CD’s her dining room filled with different contraptions for listening and grandkids were often called, to explain why the CD player or remote didn’t work. She loved her two week vacations in the trailer with her family. She enjoyed walking on a beach, with bathing suit or hoodie, and the seafood that came along with it or sitting in a forest, on an old aluminum lawn chair, next to her trailer and a babbling brook with a bourbon and water listening to squirrels and birds outside of a national park.
Georgia and Wayne could have bought just one squash when they went to the grocery store, but there was a sale so they bought seven. Always keeping friends and family aware of the deals at Harmon’s and Socco’s, they managed to can all of the fruits and vegetables grown from Hooper to Brigham City. She loved cats, and single handedly fed every feral cat in Ogden. She loved camping and took her grandkids on vacation in a trailer from Devil’s Tower to the Oregon Coast to Disneyland. She made her grandkids go down dirt trails, out to deep sea fish with Wayne, to Junior Ranger programs, to the beach with a bucket, swim in Warm River (hint: it wasn’t warm), play Spoons and Russian Bank, get her a Bourbon and water in a small plastic cup, carry a heavy Dutch oven, to piano lessons, and down the stairs into the basement for a jar of home canned pickles. She made casseroles for sick folks, bread every Sunday and could feed any group large or small that appeared at her door. She was often found on a Monday morning sitting at the piano choosing new music for her choir, with Wayne in his lazy boy watching golf on mute. She loved old movies, musicals, Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune and Lucy Ball.
Her life was good. Her Christmas tree was Ogden famous. Her love for music was unmatched. Her family was cared for and loved. Her heart was full.
She is preceded in death by her husband Wayne Meisner. She is survived by her daughter Kathy (John) Kinney, grandchildren Sarah Phillips and Rachel Kinney, daughter Melissa (Kim) Nelson, grandchildren Rainy Straber, David Nelson and Dustin Nelson, and daughter Della Elton, grandchild Bonnie O’Brien.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to a PEO scholarship at: https://donations.peointernation.org/peo-donation-foundation or feed a feral cat in your neighborhood.
Services will be held at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 – 36th St., Ogden, UT on Friday, November 1, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. with a visitation prior to the service from 12:45 – 1:45 p.m.
Interment at Leavitt’s Aultorest Memorial Park.
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