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Doris Arlene ‘Blondie’ (Vieselmeyer) Meredith

Posted: Friday, Oct 18th, 2013


Dec. 28, 1921-Sept. 30, 2013

CARMICHAEL, Calif. – “Blondie” passed away peacefully, with family at her side, in Carmichael, where she had lived for over 60 years.

She was born in Deshler, Neb., the second daughter to Clara (Richardson) Vieselmeyer and Wilhelm “Bill” Vieselmeyer. In 1929, Clara, with her three children, Velma, Doris and Billy, moved from Deshler to her parents’ (Charles and Doris Richardson) farm in Goshen Hole, which is located a few miles west of Veteran.

Blondie attended second and third grades in Lingle while living with her Aunt Elsie and Uncle Alfred Richling. For the remainder of her education, Blondie attended school in Veteran. She would have graduated with the class of ‘39, but she met the love of her life, Alvin “Pug” Meredith, and they were married in the summer of 1938.

Soon after, they migrated to Los Angeles, Calif., where they lived and worked until 1948. That year, Pug bought a Wynn Oil (automotive chemical) franchise and moved the family back to Wheatland. For four years, Pug and Blondie operated their business, which covered Wyoming and part of Montana.

In 1952, they sold the business to Ray and Ethel Lamborn of Wheatland and moved to Northern California. There, they continued in the Wynn’s business for 15 more years, and, at the same time, started Meredith Developments Inc., a real estate and land development company.

The land they subdivided was located in South Lake Tahoe and was called Angora Highlands. This adventure kept them busy long into their retirement years. They had been married for 60 years when Pug passed away in 1999.

Blondie is survived by her daughter, Gloria Alexander of Carmichael; her son, Bruce (Debbie) Meredith of Shingle Springs, Calif.; grandsons, Kyle (Erika) Meredith of Maui, Hawaii and Jared (Jennifer) Meredith of Shingle Springs; and five great grandsons: Tyler, Samuel, Evan, Ezekiel and Joshua Meredith.

Blondie, who was also known as “Dosie” by many of her family and friends, loved Wyoming. Even though she lived in Goshen Hole during the toughest of times, the ‘20s and ‘30s, she always had wonderful stories to share, and she would always start them out with, “Let me tell you a story about wild and wonderful Wyoming.”

Blondie was laid to rest in the Fair Oaks Cemetery next to her beloved Pug. The family will host a Celebration of Life event sometime in the spring.

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