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 Thursday, April 24, the 114th day of 2014. There are 251 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.