Jacqueline A. "Ann" Meier, 65, of Moline, died Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, in her home. Services are 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Celebration of Life Chapel at Trimble Funeral and Cremation Center, Moline. Visitation is one hour before the services. Memorials may be made to the Animal Aid Humane Society, Moline. The former Jacqueline Ann Williams was born Aug. 13, 1947, in Queens, N.Y. She was adopted by Raymond and Aletha Carter Williams at an early age. She graduated from Centerville High School, Centerville, Iowa, in 1965. She married Marion "Tom" Hayes and later married Jeffrey Dean Meier on Dec. 14, 1986, in Centerville. She lived and worked in Muscatine, Iowa, for many years and had a lengthy career in sales and operations management in the recycling and waste management industry before retiring a few years ago. She loved music, having played keyboards and sung in bands for many years, and enjoyed cooking. Ann is survived by her husband, Jeff; a daughter and son-in-law, Deidre "Dee" and Donald Thomas, and a granddaughter, Savannah Thomas, all of Dallas, Texas; and stepchildren, Angi Meier, of Mahomet, Ill., and Christopher Meier, of Mattoon, Ill. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Tom Williams. Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at www.TrimbleFuneralHomes.com.
Today is Wednesday, Aug. 20, the 232nd day of 2014. There are 133 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana. 1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.