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Martha Aretta Rich Meeks
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Birth: May 18, 1917
Cherokee County
Georgia, USA
Death: Mar. 1, 2012
Hall County
Georgia, USA

Mrs. Meeks' full name was Martha Aretta (Rich) Wilkie Canup Meeks.

Martha was born to Elias D. and Ora Washington Kay Rich in Cherokee County, Georgia on May 18, 1917. She married Ernest Wilkie in 1931. Following Mr. Wilkie's death she married Samuel Edward Canup in 1947. Mr. Canup passed away in 1950, and in 1957 she married Doug Meeks.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her three brothers (Don, Jep, and L.D. Rich,) five sisters (Winnie Roland, Willene Pirkle, Ruth Holland, Eloise Gilleland, Ora Mae Hardage,) her stepson Wayne Canup and her son-in-law, J. Bussey Smith.

Mrs. Meeks is survived by her husband of 56 years, R. Doug Meeks, and by two daughters, Mary Frances Wilkie Smith and Nancy Annora Canup (Mrs. Robert 'Bobby') Gravitt, as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and several great-great-grandchildren.

According to her obituary, "She was a very generous person while in the restaurant business where she provided many meals for hungry travelers [who] were short on cash and would even provide a ride to the bus station and bus fare on a cold or rainy night. She took care of and mothered many people that walked through the doors of her restaurants. She provided jobs for many members of family at her restaurants helping them get their start in life. Her doors at the business as well as at home were always open to any family member that needed a job or a place to stay.

"Funeral services [were held] Monday, March 5, 2012 at 2:00 pm in the Chapel of Memorial Park Funeral Home with interment follow[ing] in Memorial Park Cemetery. Reverend Barry Barron officiate[d]."

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  Elias Decalve Rich (1871 - 1953)
  Ora Washington Kay Taylor Rich (1888 - 1978)
  Ernest Edward Wilkie (1912 - 1940)
  Roger Dough Meeks (1929 - 2013)*
  Donald Decalve Rich (1912 - 1995)*
  Martha Aretta Rich Meeks (1917 - 2012)
  Elias Decalve Rich (1925 - 1956)*
  Eloise Frances Rich Gilleland (1933 - 2004)*
*Calculated relationship
Memorial Park Cemetery and Columbarium
Hall County
Georgia, USA
Maintained by: Donald Rich
Originally Created by: Ellen Hamby
Record added: Mar 10, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 86560482
Martha Aretta <i>Rich</i> Meeks
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Martha Aretta <i>Rich</i> Meeks
Added by: Sonya Bayles
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- Ellen Hamby
 Added: Mar. 10, 2012

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