Mary “Lou” (Exline) Meyer, 84, of Charles City, peacefully passed away Friday, March 4, 2022 at the 11th Street Chautauqua Guest Home in Charles City with her loving family by her side.
A funeral service for Lou Meyer will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, March 7, 2022 at Hauser Weishaar Funeral Home in Charles City with Pastor Dennis Bachman officiating. Burial will be at Sunnyside Memory Gardens in rural Charles City.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. before the funeral service on Monday.
Mary “Lou” (Exline) Meyer was born January 31, 1938 in Osage to parents Everett and Dorothy (Bush) Exline. She was raised on a farm in Floyd and attended a country school across the road from their home. Some of her fondest childhood memories were ice-skating with her sisters, Bev and Trish, in their pasture and raising and training her horse, Dago. Lou attended and played basketball at Floyd High School, graduating in 1952. Lou and her sister, Bev, met and fell in love with brothers, Butch and Wayne Meyer.
Butch and Lou were united in marriage on May 18, 1957 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. Lou was the office manager at the Family Community Credit Union in Charles City for 37 years. She was one of the hardest working individuals there was and she loved everything about country living. Her perfect day was often spent waking up very early to go on a horseback ride on country roads with her kids, followed by doing the animal chores with Butch, and spending hours keeping their acreage beautiful.
Lou had a deep love for all animals. Her family enjoyed raising German Shorthairs and competing with them in field trials. Horses were also a huge passion her entire life. Lou loved horseback riding, especially on Susie, watching her horses graze in the pastures on their acreage, wagon rides with Butch and Gomer, seeing her children raise horses, and watching her grandchildren and great grandchildren compete in the county fair.
Lou absolutely loved Iowa Hawkeye Basketball and Football and never missed watching a game. Her grandchildren distinctly remember needing to “listen” when the Hawkeye games were on. After retiring, Lou enjoyed spending her days volunteering at several nursing homes in Charles City, followed by visits to many friends in the community, and of course, spending quality time with her family. She loved hosting holidays at her home, especially Christmas and Easter.
Lou is survived by her children: Rowdy Meyer, Charles City, Iowa; Kelly (Jackie) Meyer, Ionia, Iowa; and Pam (Kurt) Roose, Bristow, Iowa. She was blessed with seven wonderful grandchildren: Ashley (Christopher) Jacobi, Dusty (Cody) Schmitt, Kyle (Katie) Roose, Danielle (Brent) Staker, Cody (Sarah) Meyer, Cassidy (Tyler) Larson, and Ivory Meyer. Lou was also blessed with 14 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Trish Hockenson, brother-in-law Wayne Meyer, sisters-in-law Cathy (Joe) Peach and Jackie (Joe) Piper, and many nieces and nephews.
Lou was preceded in death by her husband, Laverne “Butch” Meyer in 2003, whom she loved more than anything, a grandson Jamie Laverne Roose, a sister Beverly Meyer, and parents Everett and Dorothy Exline.