Shirley J. Meldrim

Shirley J. Meldrim, 86, beloved wife of Richard (Dick)
Meldrim, passed away early Wednesday morning,
November 17, 2021 at their Oppenheim home after an
extended hospital stay due to complications from surgery.
She was born on February 11, 1935 in Edwards, New
York and was the daughter of the late Nelson McIntosh
and Mildred (Dawley) Pascoe. Shirley was a
graduate of the Edwards Central School and graduated
with the Class of 1953.
On September 4, 1954, Shirley was united in marriage
to her high school sweet heart, Richard L. Meldrim, in
Gouverneur, New York by the Rev. Wm. Wood at the
Methodist Parsonage. This was a love affair spanning
70 plus years that began in high school which culminated
into a 67 year marriage and four loving children.
Shirley was formerly employed by Allegro Shoe in
Little Falls, NY and Daniel Green Shoe in Dolgeville,
NY where she was a sewing machine operator. She
was a long-time employee of Daniel Green until their
final closure in 1998. In her younger years, Shirley
worked at the Five & Dime Stores in Gouverneur and
Watertown (J.J. Newberry & Woolworth). She also
worked for a short time at a dress factory in Little
Falls, NY.
She was a faithful member of the Oppenheim United
Methodist Church and was a cherished member of
the Auskerada-Maques-Rock City Chapter 204, Order
of the Eastern Star located at the Dolgeville Masonic
Temple. Shirley enjoyed ceramics, flower gardens
and quilting. She took great pride in caring for her
husband, children, and home. A loving wife, mother,
grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, Shirley
will be deeply missed by her family, church family and
community.
Shirley is survived by her heart-broken husband,
Richard (Dick) L. Meldrim at home; loving children,
Bruce Meldrim and his wife, Margaret of Central
Square, NY, Michael Meldrim and his wife, Connie of
Chapin, SC, Jamie Meldrim and his wife, Robbin of
Orr, MN, and Mary Meldrim and her companion, Ron
of Fairport, NY; cherished grandchildren, Christopher
Meldrim and his wife, Malisa of Lexington, SC, Kimberly
Rhoton and her husband, Matt of Summerville,
SC, Sheena Meldrim of Lake City, MN, Jenna Meldrim
of Wabasha, MN, Lee Meldrim and his wife, Samantha
of Zumbro Falls, MN, Shyra Fogelson and her husband,
Ryan of Byron, MN and Shawna Meldrim of Red
Wing, MN; 15 great-grandchildren and one due this
month; two sisters, Brenda Matthie of Massena, NY
and Sharon Trimm and her companion, Al of Nicholville,
NY; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Greta
and Greg Aldridge of San Tan Valley, AZ; several nieces,
nephews, friends and neighbors who are like family
to Dick and Shirley.
She was predeceased by her parents, father Nelson
McIntosh (Josie) and mother Mildred Pascoe (Alfred),
and two brothers, Barry Pascoe and Alfred Pascoe.
A graveside memorial service will be held on Tuesday,
November 23, 2021 at 12 p.m. (noon) at Fairview
Cemetery, Hall Rd., Edwards, NY 13635. All are welcome
to attend. Arrangements are with Miller-Plonka
Funeral Home, 30 Wolf St., Dolgeville, New York 13329
(315)-429-7123.
To honor the memory of Shirley, please consider a
memorial contribution for a charity or organization of
your choice and please note, “In Memory of Shirley J.
Meldrim” in the memo so that the contribution can be
acknowledged by the family.
To leave a message of sympathy for the Meldrim
Family, please visit www.millerplonkafuneralhome.
com and sign the tribute wall.

By Leader-Herald

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