Class of 1904

Hortense Irene (Gibbens) Meikle

December 25, 1887 – December 29, 1969

Mrs. Hortense (Gibbens) Meikle passed away December 29, 1969, after a long illness in Long Beach, California where she had made her home for the last fifteen years. She was a former resident of Bedford, Iowa.

Born December 25, 1887, in Oberlin, Kansas, to Edward Everett Gibbens, Sr. and Jessie Olive (Murphy) Gibbens, she came to Oklahoma shortly after the run of 1889, first living at Perry. She graduated from Perry high school in 1904.

She and John Meikle were married in March, 1906, in Bedford, Iowa. He predeceased her in 1948.

A Memorial Service beginning with a half-hour organ recital was conducted by her pastor, the Rev. Robert Prentice of the Geneva Presbyterian Church where Mrs. Meikle was a ruling elder and had been a participant in various activities, including chairman of the music committee and leader of Bible studies with women’s groups.

Attending the Memorial service were Mrs. Meikle’s three daughters and their husbands: Thelma and John Roller of Sun City, Arizona; Elaine and Wayne Nickel of Topeka, Kans.; Margaret and Taylor Reedy of Los Angeles. Also present were her only grandson and his wife, Jon and Anne Nickel and Mrs. Meikle’s only granddaughter, Mrs. Jane Dymit and two great grandchildren, Debi and John Dymit of Omaha, Nebr., Mrs. Vesper Hagan Maddy, Mrs. Chloe Wisdom and Gladys Collins, former Bedford residents and the three sons of the now deceased. Mrs. Agnes Meikle Shaw attended the Memorial Service in Long Beach.

Inurnment services were held at Fairview Cemetery in Bedford January 14. The brief service was conducted by Mrs. Meikle’s son-in-law, the Rev. Albert Wayne Nickel. Out of town relatives and friends attending the inurnment were Major General and Mrs. Homer Jensen of Maryville, Dr. James L. Daugherty, Des Moines, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wintermute, Guilford, Mo.

The family has requested that memorial contributions be made to the Presbyterian Church or to the American Cancer Society.