On Monday, March 13, 2023, Kannetta Joyce Meadows, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, passed away at the age of 89. Kannetta was born July 18, 1933 in Aberdeen, Idaho to Kenneth Anderson and Elva (Westover) Anderson. Kannetta grew up in several towns in Idaho until her parents moved the family back to Aberdeen, Idaho.
Kannetta met Richard V. Meadows (Dick) during her years in high school. They lived in neighboring towns. During her senior year Dick asked her to marry him and on June 8, 1951 they were sealed in the Idaho Falls Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Kannetta often said that she and Dick grew up together. They were a team in life and in spirit. She was a great support to Dick as he finished his education and started his career teaching in Shelley, Idaho. After 8 years of teaching and three children, they moved to Salt Lake City, Utah where Dick earned a masters degree. While there they learned of teaching opportunities in Western Samoa within the education system of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Dick applied for the position but hearing nothing back on the Western Samoa job, Kannetta and Dick accepted a teaching position in Sacramento, CA. Two years later, they were offered a position at the Church College of Western Samoa and moved their family of now 4 children to Pesaga, Apia, Western Samoa. After three years they returned to Sacramento in 1967 and remained there for the remainder of their lives.
Kannetta was a dedicated member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She held multiple positions in the church serving in the children’s and the women’s organizations. She was dedicated to her husband and her family. She said that Dick was the love of her life. She was always available to help family members when needed, flying to New York, Florida, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, or driving to Modesto, Fresno, or Utah and Idaho. She loved her family unconditionally and taught them the importance of being a mother, a wife, and grandmother. Kannetta taught her child the value of a good woman.
Kannetta was a very talented woman. She could sew, quilt, paint, cook, knit, crochet and many other handcrafts. She was constantly using these and other skills to create beautiful things. She was a loving and caring woman helping friends and family alike. Kannetta is survived by 2 daughters, Serelle and Leesa, son Shawn, 17 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren. Her husband Dick, her daughter Wendy, and her sister Myrna preceded her in death.
A viewing will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2023, at 9:00 am at the Ashton Park Ward building of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints followed by her funeral service at 10:00 am. Friends are invited to attend.
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