Jean Kathleen (Frye) Meixell

Jean Meixell
Jean Meixell

Jean Kathleen (Frye) Meixell age 93 of Princeton died Thursday, May 30, 2013 at the Princeton Elim Home.  Jean was born November 24, 1919 in Lewisville, MN, the daughter of David Alfred and Ida May (Leigh) Frye. She grew up in Blue Earth, Watonwan and Martin Counties in Minnesota. On December 24, 1937 she married Leonard Joseph Meixell in Algona, IA.

Leonard and Jean farmed near Granada, MN until 1947 when they purchased a farm in Spencer Brook and Baldwin Townships near Princeton, MN. Leonard preceded her in death on December 25, 1987. Together they raised seven children.

Jean was very active as a band and choir mother and was a regular fan at football and basketball games and wrestling matches from the mid-1950’s to the mid-1960’s. She also served one term as President of the Princeton PTA. In addition, she was a 4-H leader in both Sherburne and Isanti Counties. For many years she was an active quilter at the Princeton United Methodist Church. She worked with Spencer Brook historical group and put together a historical record for the community. She is also a life member of the Minnesota Territorial Pioneers. In 1999 she received an honorary high school diploma from Granada-Huntley-East Chain having been recognized by the school board for her life work achievements.

Jean was an avid gardener and for many years was well known in the area for her Iris garden. In addition, she sewed and took great pleasure in making Christmas gifts for her grandchildren and many of her great grandchildren.

Jean is survived by her seven children, Mavis Holter of Milaca, Clarice (Darald) Harman of Princeton, Gary (Carol) Meixell of Milaca, Lenice (Larry) Daudt of San Antonio, TX, Cedric (Donna Comtois) Meixell of Swan River, Glenda Meixell of Coon Rapids and Steven (Sandy) Meixell of Milaca. She is also survived by 20 grandchildren, 45 great grandchildren and 12 great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Leonard; and all six of her brothers and sisters, Frank, Edward, Alfred, Mary Meyers, Blanch Spencer and Ida Swartz.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, July 1, 2013 at Freshwaters United Methodist Church- River Campus in Princeton with visitation one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday.  Rev. Loren Ferch will officiate and interment will be in Baldwin Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to the Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Princeton, MN.

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