Lolaine Meeker Rodes
June 23, 1925 -
September 3, 2023

Visitation

September 7, 2023
5pm to 7pm

Service 

September 8, 2023
11am

Interment

September 8, 2023
Obituary

A funeral service for Mrs. Lolaine (Lainey) Meeker Rodes of Fayetteville, TN will be held at 11am on Friday, September 8, 2023, at Higgins Funeral Home with Dee Edwards officiating. Burial will follow in Old Orchard Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be held from 5pm until 7pm on Thursday, September 7, 2023, at Higgins.

Mrs. Rodes was born June 23, 1925, to Walter Lane Meeker and Lola Elaine Howard Meeker in Perry, IA (north of Des Moines). She passed away September 3, 2023, in Vanderbilt-Tullahoma Harton Hospital, a proud 98 years old.

By 1931 the family had moved from Perry to Mitchell, SD where Lainey started first grade. Sister, Veeta Kay Meeker was born in Mitchell where their father worked for Standard Brands. Mr. Meeker opened and operated Egg Breaking Plants.

Standard Brands moved the family to Goff, and then Horton, KS where Lainey finished the first grade. She attended Sylvan Park Elementary School in Nashville from 1933 to 1936. Their home from that time still stands in Nashville today.

The family moved to Petersburg in 1936 where her father and an associate opened a Cheese Plant, MarLin Dairies on Richmond Highway just at the north edge of town. Lainey started sixth grade at the old Elizabeth College building. Many of her sixth-grade classmates also graduated from Morgan School together in 1943. Lainey attended Junior High School in Nashville before returning to Petersburg in 1939. At Morgan School, Lainey met and dated Doug Rodes.

After Doug’s three years in the Navy, they married on September 1, 1946. Lainey had trained with the Cadet Nurses Corps at The University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA until then. Doug enrolled in Tennessee Technological University and graduated with an Electrical Engineering degree in 1950.

After moving to Iowa to be near Lainey’s parents, Doug was hired by Collins Radio (later Rockwell and finally Boeing) in Cedar Rapids. He worked there for 37 years designing and building communications equipment for the military.

Upon retiring, the family moved back South and lived for 35 years in Fayetteville. Both Doug and Lainey worked diligently to organize the Morgan/Petersburg Reunions for many years. Lainey was involved with Lincoln County Genealogical Society even serving as its Treasurer for a time, until 2005.

It was Lainey’s delight to mail real letters to family and friends all over the country. And if she knew your birthday, watch for your card from her!

Survivors include her daughters, Eva Gail Dahm (Mary Zadrozny) and Rebecca Rodes Dietrich (Roe); grandchildren, Aubrey Dietrich Generose and Doug Dietrich (Kim Terrell); great-granddaughter, Raina Generose; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Douglas Rodes, and her sister, Veeta Kay Ramsey.

Higgins Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Mrs. Lolaine Meeker Rodes.

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6 Comments

  1. Julie

    Dearest Eva,

    You made it possible to give your mother the greatest gift, ever. The gift of being able to live her final years in her own home with dignity and respect, surrounded with love and laughter.

    Our condolences to you, Zee, and your
    family.
    Julie and Ellen

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  2. Anita S Johnson

    How blessed I was to become friends with Mrs. Lainey. I loved her beautiful smile and her kindness. I especially liked to watch her and Mr. Doug at Bailey Manor. Her love for her just emanated from all of her. I know she was blessed by all the love and care you gave her, Eva Gail and Mary gave her. I will sure miss her Christmas cards and happy wishes. Love to all of you in this hard time.

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  3. Cyd

    Eva, Although I didn’t know your mother, I know you and Zee. I know your mother was blessed to have you both in her life. I know she was caring and kind because you are caring and kind. Losing your mother is a life changing sorrow. The connection you had and the love you shared continues forever. Love, Cyd

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  4. Sheila Murphy

    Bev Carver and I relished our friendship with Lainey. We knew her from our dear Connie Meeker, and after we lost Connie, the correspondence and friendship with Laney continued. Eva Gail and other family members, I offer sincere condolences on the loss of a wonderful light in our lives. Laney now joins Bev above. Know that my loving wishes will remain with you always.

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  5. Sherry Murray

    So many great memories with Lainey & you girls. I will miss her lovely letters and pictures that we shared over all the years. She taught me so many things as my neighbor on Douglas court about raising my 3 boys and sewing together. Thank all of your family for her care so she was able to stay in her own home always.

    My prayers and Love,

    Sherry

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  6. Susan Picascia

    I will always remember Lainey for her kindness and her attitude toward life and people as the perfect blend between optimism and realism. She was straightforward and both people and book smart. And she was remarkable at appearing when needed the most…..a true friend.
    Her daughters have my respect and awe at their devotion and love for their mother.
    She will be missed.

    Reply

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6 Comments

  1. Julie

    Dearest Eva,

    You made it possible to give your mother the greatest gift, ever. The gift of being able to live her final years in her own home with dignity and respect, surrounded with love and laughter.

    Our condolences to you, Zee, and your
    family.
    Julie and Ellen

    Reply
  2. Anita S Johnson

    How blessed I was to become friends with Mrs. Lainey. I loved her beautiful smile and her kindness. I especially liked to watch her and Mr. Doug at Bailey Manor. Her love for her just emanated from all of her. I know she was blessed by all the love and care you gave her, Eva Gail and Mary gave her. I will sure miss her Christmas cards and happy wishes. Love to all of you in this hard time.

    Reply
  3. Cyd

    Eva, Although I didn’t know your mother, I know you and Zee. I know your mother was blessed to have you both in her life. I know she was caring and kind because you are caring and kind. Losing your mother is a life changing sorrow. The connection you had and the love you shared continues forever. Love, Cyd

    Reply
  4. Sheila Murphy

    Bev Carver and I relished our friendship with Lainey. We knew her from our dear Connie Meeker, and after we lost Connie, the correspondence and friendship with Laney continued. Eva Gail and other family members, I offer sincere condolences on the loss of a wonderful light in our lives. Laney now joins Bev above. Know that my loving wishes will remain with you always.

    Reply
  5. Sherry Murray

    So many great memories with Lainey & you girls. I will miss her lovely letters and pictures that we shared over all the years. She taught me so many things as my neighbor on Douglas court about raising my 3 boys and sewing together. Thank all of your family for her care so she was able to stay in her own home always.

    My prayers and Love,

    Sherry

    Reply
  6. Susan Picascia

    I will always remember Lainey for her kindness and her attitude toward life and people as the perfect blend between optimism and realism. She was straightforward and both people and book smart. And she was remarkable at appearing when needed the most…..a true friend.
    Her daughters have my respect and awe at their devotion and love for their mother.
    She will be missed.

    Reply

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