Atkinson — Zelma M. Meyer, 88, of Atkinson died peacefully Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020 at Faith Regional Hospital in Norfolk.

Visitation was held Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020 at Seger Funeral Home in Atkinson with a prayer service.

Private family services were held at Faith Wesleyan Church in Atkinson. Pastor R. J. Wolgemuth officiated.

Pallbearers were her grandsons Matthew Sperling, Jeffrey Meyer, Carl Meyer, Anthony Meyer, Benjamin Janssen, J. Simon Janssen and Will Janssen.

Honorary pallbearers were her granddaughters Karla Slaymaker, Jennifer Pinyan, Julie Meyer, Anna Meyer, Mia Janssen and Ayla Janssen.

Burial was in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Atkinson.

Memorials may be made to the family for future designation.

Zelma (Trigg) was born April 1, 1932 to Arzie and Lida Blevins Trigg in their home in rural Omaha, AR. When Zelma was two years old the young family moved to southern Missouri. 

At age five Zelma began school in Schooner School, a one room rural school. When the family purchased a small farm, Zelma started third grade in Reeds Spring Public School where she graduated high school in 1949. 

After graduation she enrolled in a Bible college in Waxahachie, Texas, later transferring to and graduating from Central Bible College in Springfield, MO where she met Ivan Meyer. 

Zelma and Ivan married on Sept. 10, 1955 and shortly after moved to Wayne where they planted the Assembly of God Church and started their family. 

In 1966 they moved their family to Atkinson where they raised their four children Karen, Keith, Fred and Janelle.

Zelma was a faithful member of Faith Wesleyan Church where she was involved in Wesleyan Women, taught Sunday School, organized youth events and hosted many prayer groups in her home over the years. Her faith was of utmost importance to her as was evident in the gracious way she lived her life.

Zelma had a love of books and reading and opened her bookstore, the Book Nook, in her home, later moving her business downtown. She loved sharing the love of books with her many customers and later became one of the most loyal patrons of the Atkinson Library. 

She also worked several years in the cafeteria at West Holt High School. She was a longtime member of the Celia Homemakers and authored a weekly column for The Atkinson Graphic for over 50 years.

Zelma had a love of flowers in her yard and in her home. She never missed an opportunity to share a bouquet from her yard with someone in the hospital or someone who just needed a little kindness. 

Zelma loved to love on her grandchildren. She shared with them experiences of baking, making jelly, sewing and shared lots of good advice about living in faith and growing in character. 

She was a wonderful example of how to live humbly and graciously and care for those around her. Her hands were always busy (unless she was reading), making quilts, homemade goodies or other special gifts. She was the living example of the verse handwritten on her nightstand: “Act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8.

Zelma is survived by her four children Karen (Scott) Sperling of Atkinson, Keith (Bonnie) Meyer of Lincoln, Fred (Sandra) Meyer of Atkinson and Janelle (Doug) Janssen of Columbus; 13 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren, and one brother Elmer Trigg of Phoenix, AZ. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Ivan and one sister Zelpha Randolph.     


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