NORMAL — Lavinia “Lynn” R. Meyer, 81, formerly of Normal, passed away Monday (Nov. 18, 2013) at LeRoy Manor, LeRoy.

Lavinia was born May 24, 1932, in Colchester, daughter of John and Delta Kimbrough Rundle. She graduated from Gem City Business College in Quincy before marrying John W. Meyer on June 5, 1955. Her family moved to Bloomington-Normal in 1956.

Throughout her long career, Lynn was employed at State Farm Insurance Cos., Steak ‘n Shake corporate offices, and appointed executive secretary for the Illinois American Legion Auxiliary. In her nine-year tenure with the ALA Department of Illinois, she was responsible for relocating the organization to its current facilities in Bloomington. Lynn was also a bookkeeper, tax preparation specialist and payroll clerk, working in various firms in the community until her retirement in 2006.

Lynn was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Harold Rundle; and John, her husband of nearly 51 years.

Surviving her are her aunt, Mary K. Webb, Lincoln; daughter, Patti, Normal; daughter, Marie (Scott) Kesterson, Dallas, Texas, and Wood River; granddaughter, Kristi (Kirk Cange) Fox; and great-granddaughter, Dominique. She also leaves behind family as dear as her own, Melody and Charles Palm of Normal.

Lynn loved the piano and organ, often playing for congregations and meetings as a volunteer. She was devoted to the care of veterans through active membership in various patriotic organizations. She was famous for knitting beautiful sweaters, and in her later years, she traveled with John all across the country as a passionate “groupie” at Bill Gaither and Friends festivals and concerts.

Memorials honoring Lynn may be made to Alzheimer’s Research or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington. Her daughter, the Rev. Patti Meyer, will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at the memorial home. Private interment will be at Camp Butler National Cemetery, Springfield.

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