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 Sunday, Dec. 8, the 342nd day of 2013. There are 23 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: For the whole of last week we have been favored with the most delightful Indian summer weather, and mercury ranging from 40 to 65 above zero. The river is entirely clear of ice and looks as mild and soft as summer. 1888 -- 125 years ago: Albert Johnson was appointed a deputy in the circuit clerk's office. 1913 -- 100 years ago: 800 or more tons of earth in six landslides covered 38th Street for a distance of 200 feet near 7th Avenue and destroyed much property. 1938 -- 75 years ago: One of the 350-foot towers, which with a new transmitter will increase the power of WHBF to 1,000 watts day and night, has been completed on a 20-acre tract at 23rd Avenue and 51st Street, Moline. 1963 -- 50 years ago: In cooperation with The Associated Press, The Argus presents to its readers a complete, beginning-to-end account of one of the most tragic and dreadful chapters in American history, the assassination of President Kennedy, available in book form, and now in preparation. The book is entitled "The Torch is Passed." 1988 -- 25 years ago: Deere & Co. stockholders received good news of a boost in their quarterly dividends from 20 to 30 cents per share of common stock. The dividend, made to stockholders of record on Dec. 30, will be payable on Feb. 1, 1989.