Barbara H. Meeks


Barbara Meeks, 87, of Oneonta, passed peacefully from this life Monday, May 27, 2019 with her children at her side. Born in Syracuse, New York, May 19, 1932, she was the eldest child of John and Edna (Suarez) Horrocks.
During her childhood the family moved from Syracuse to South Buffalo and she received her Registered Nurse degree from Buffalo's Millard Fillmore School of Nursing in 1953. She worked as an RN at the Millard Fillmore Hospital and at Lockport Memorial Hospital.
June 9,1956 she married John W. "Jack" Meeks, Jr. of Newfane, NY.
Barb and Jack raised their four children in Newfane and, as her children began to leave home, Barb returned to nursing as a volunteer and eventually, after completing course work in sociology, as director of the Niagara County Migrant and Rural Health Clinic. In 1986 she was recognized as one of the Western New York Citizens of the Year for her work on behalf of migrant workers and the health needs of the rural poor.
After retirement she volunteered at the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge and when she and Jack relocated to Gilbertsville, NY, to be near family, she continued to volunteer at the Rogers Environmental Education Center in Sherburne, NY. She and Jack also joined the Unitarian Universalist Society of Oneonta where she particularly enjoyed working on the Mali Education Project, supporting education in Bamako, Mali, West Africa.
Barb is predeceased by Jack, her husband of 57 years; and survived by her brother, David (Martha) Horrocks; her children, Raymond (Ellen) Meeks, Jenny (Billy) Grimes, Marilyn (Jeffrey) Mutter, and Wendy (Jeffrey) Wood; grandchildren, Phoebe Weiler, Brendon, Daniel (Alexandra) and Brian Meeks, Kendra (Bryan) Chenowith, Gregory (Madelynn) Mutter, Ryan and Spencer Wood; and great-granddaughter, Corrine Chenowith.
A Celebration of Barb's life will be at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Oneonta, 12 Ford Ave., Oneonta, NY, Sunday, June 9 at 2:30 PM with a brief reception to follow.
In lieu of floral arrangements, please donate in Barb's memory to the Rogers Environmental Education Center (, to the Mali Project (UUSO, 16 Ford Ave, Oneonta, NY 13820, memo: Mali) or to a charity of your choice. Home grown or field flowers will be welcome on the table of rememberance.
Arrangements were made through Johnston's Funeral Home, 60 Broad St., Morris, NY.
Published on June 4, 2019
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Patricia Schultz
Jun 10, 2019
Barb and I were in the same Home Dem. unit in Newfane. I always enjoyed doing projects along side of her as she seemed to be so skilled and helpful.
She had a wonderful smile.
Lois Steblein
Jun 08, 2019
Seems like a lifetime ago when the Kenan Nature Club made up of the Meeks , Swigerts, Smiths & our family went on hikes and studied nature. That imprinted a love for nature that has carried on in our children and grandchildren. I so much enjoyed a lasting friendship with your parents and miss them. Love and prayers, Lois Steblein
Randy L. Phillipp
Jun 07, 2019
To my classmate Ray Meeks and your family. May your Mom R.I.P.. May you all find strength from her well being. God's Speed.