Frances G. Meitz

Published 5:53 pm Sunday, October 6, 2019

ZUNI — Frances June Garnett Meitz departed this life on Oct. 3, 2019.

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June was born at MCV on July 21, 1946, to Everett Fray and Madge Bache Garnett.

She spent her early years on ‘the farm’ in True Blue, Virginia, watching and helping her parents raise cattle, pigs and chickens, as well as the crops for feed. During those years she attended Palmyra United Methodist Church and developed an unshakable faith in Jesus Christ that guided her life.

June graduated Orange County High School in 1964, and was a member of the National Honor Society. Soon after she moved to Richmond, attended Smithdeal-Massey and, upon graduation, began working at the State Water Control Board.

On Dec. 17, 1967, she joined Paul Meitz for a Harlem Globetrotters game and they set forth together on a journey that would span the next 50 years; they married on March 28, 1969, and Mark, Scott and Jeff soon brightened their days.

In 1980, the family moved to Zuni. June became a fixture at Bethany Church, teaching youth Sunday school classes, attending Circle meetings and ‘making a joyful noise’ through song from her pew seat. Few things made her happier than a special music program followed by a covered-dish supper. She eventually moved her church membership and proudly called Bethany home until the end.

Outside of her relationship with Christ, June was most proud of her sons. She lived the role of ‘mom’ every day and shared pictures and stories at restaurants, grocery stores, doctors’ offices and all places in between. Among her most fond memories were Saturday afternoons at Mark’s Hampden-Sydney football games, visits to the aquarium and NIH with Scott and trips to North Carolina to see Jeff, Anna and Grayson (embracing her new role as Grandma).

Throughout her life June saw struggles as opportunities to share her faith and bear witness to God’s love. At no point was that more evident than the dark days as caretaker for Scott during his long-term battle with 4H Syndrome, where she met each day with praise and thanksgiving. Even as her own health declined she praised her Lord through word and song. Upon seeing Christ’s face on Thursday morning, June ran into the arms of her savior and joined her parents, Scott, Paul and the heavenly angels that guarded her earthly voyage.

June is survived by sons, Mark and Jeff (Evie); grandchildren, Anna and Grayson; brother, Wayne Garnett (Susan); brother-in-law, Joel Meitz (Dianne); nephews, Reeves, Harry and Joey; nieces, Angela and Hope as well as cousins, extended family and devoted friends.

The service celebrating June’s life will be at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at Bethany Church in Zuni.

In lieu of flowers, direct memorial donations to Bethany Church.

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