Rita May Meyer, age 89, of John Day passed away November 26, 2020 at her residence with her family by her side. A private family graveside service will be held at the Canyon City Cemetery with a memorial service for the public to be announced at a later date.
She was born Rita May Howard on December 29, 1930 at a mid-wife's house in Stanley County, South Dakota. During the Great Depression, her family moved frequently and lived for several years in a sod house near Wanblee, South Dakota. She graduated from high school in Huron, South Dakota, where she met her husband Alfred (Al) Meyer in choir class. The two were married in Huron in February 1951 and remained together until his death in 2006.
Rita worked at Hughes Aircraft in Venice Beach, California while her husband Al was serving in the Navy during the Korean War. She worked at the Oregon State University Controller's Office and then at a Chiropractor's office until the birth of their first son.
The Meyer's lived in various towns in Oregon, during Al's career with the U.S. Forest Service, including Corvallis, La Grande, Enterprise, Unity, Joseph, and John Day, Oregon where she lived since 1971. She was an avid piano player and spent many years teaching and playing the piano at the Nazarene Church. She loved to sing and was a wonderful cook.
She is survived by her son David (Hope) Meyer of John Day, Oregon; daughter, Susan (Michael) Brannon of Portland, Oregon; and grandchildren, Trianna Brannon and Michael Brannon Jr.
She was preceded in death by her husband Alfred; son, Nathan; parents, Guy G. Howard and Esther T. Thorne of Huron, South Dakota; siblings, Vernita, Margaret, Barbara, James and Bernard.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Blue Mt. Hospice, Grant County Food Bank, American Alzheimer's Association, or the Carrie Young Memorial through Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, Oregon 97845.
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