A family mourns the lost of their beloved “Meemaw” after losing her to floodwaters

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MONROE, La. — (4/15/19)  A very choked up Karl Meeks, knew Patsy Meeks best as mom.

“She was truly after the lords heart.” 

He and his four siblings and many grandchildren, are devastated losing their 80-year-old Meemaw.  Saturday as severe weather swept the ArkLaMiss, Meeks explained that his tenacious mother was just trying to make it home. 

“Not entirely surprised she put her safety at risk to achieve something that she thought was important to her, serving,” he said.

Patsy meeks took her chances with troubled waters, so she could make it back to church on Sunday, not only to serve her Lord and Savior, but the children of North Monroe Baptist.

Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Deputies indicated that Meeks was traveling on Golson Road, south of I-20 in Calhoun, when she went around the barricades and unfortunately got carried away. She drowned inside of her car.

Determined to make it to church, this is the very nature of their “Pat,” Pastor of North Monroe Baptist Church, Bill Dye revealed.

“To live is christ and to die is gain, we’re glad that she’s not hurting and suffering,” he said.

Dye mentioned that the church family grieves her loss, but believe that Pat would want everyone to remember this, “It’s about doing life together, it’s about journeying through difficult times, going through loss together, holding each other up, holding each other accoutnable. Pat did all that stuff and I’m sure that’s what she would encourage other people to do,” he said.

As the Meeks family holds on tight to their dear memories, they still struggle with their newest reality.

“We lost a great woman, a great leader, a great Christian,” said Meeks.

Patsy’s funeral services will be Thursday April 18 at 2pm with visitation will be at 1pm. She will then be buried Saturday outside of St. Louis Missouri where she grew up.

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