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Barbara M. Meives, 83

Barbara M. Meives, 83, of Sedalia, died Friday, May 10, 2013 at her home.

She was born January 8, 1930 in St. Louis, MO, the daughter of Howard Raymond Peacock and Gretchen Goldie Pyles Peacock. On December 12, 1947, she was married to Aloysius Meives, Jr., her husband of 61 years who preceded her in death.

Mrs. Meives was raised and educated in St. Louis. She and her husband Al moved to Sedalia from St. Louis, MO in 1962 to raise their young family in a more rural community. She was a hard working farm wife who enjoyed raising dairy goats. She was an active member of many local and national goat organizations, serving as president of the Missouri Goat Breeders Association, as well as being the superintendent of the dairy goat department at the Missouri State Fair for many years. Being a 4-H leader for the county, she enjoyed seeing her children and grandchildren grow up through the organization. She was also a Girl Scout leader. Barbara and Al also owned and operated Paradise Bakery in Marshall for 27 years. For over ten years she drove the OATS bus for Pettis and the surrounding counties. Barbara had many hobbies but her favorites were gardening, reading, working on genealogy and spending time with her family.

Surviving are three sons, Al Meives, III and wife Pat of Omaha, NE, Joseph Meives and wife Carol of Olathe, KS and Timothy Meives and wife Patty of Clarksville, TN; two daughters, Marie Snodgrass and husband Bob of Eugene, OR and Gretchen Sims and husband Tim of Nelson, MO; two sisters, Doris Johnston of St. Louis, MO and Virginia Dunnahoo of Phoenix, AZ; 17 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and her first great-great-grandchild is due in June. She was also preceded in death by her parents; a son, Stephen Joseph Meives; and two sisters, Shirley Lauck and Vivian Sandstedt.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Thursday, May 16, 2013 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with the Rev. Mark Miller officiating. Burial will be at 3 p.m. at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville. Pallbearers will be Robert Snodgrass, III, Matt Meives, Adam Meives, Al Meives, IV, Kent Meives, Kevin Meives, Benjamin Meives, Thomas Meives, Benjamin Sims and Justin Halberstadt. Honorary pallbearers will be Bruce Johnston, Mark Johnston and Craig Johnston. Prayers of the rosary will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday at McLaughlin Funeral Chapel, with visitation to follow until 8:30 p.m.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Sacred Heart Church or Sacred Heart School, in care of McLaughlin Funeral Chapel. Condolences may be offered online at

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