LINCOLN, Calif. - Longtime Copper Country educator and columnist, Cyrilla Mary "Cy" Meier, 87, passed away peacefully on September 7, 2013, at her home in Lincoln, Calif. after a brief illness.
Cy was born in Clinton, Iowa, on September 22, 1925, to the late Leo and Cyrilla Humes Doering. She graduated from Rock Island High School in 1943, then received her Home Economics education degree from Western Illinois University at Macomb in 1947. It was at Western she met the love of her life, Maurice "Doc" Meier, when the two were chemistry lab partners.
They were married on September 21, 1946, and celebrated their 60th anniversary in 2006 before Doc passed away in January 2007.
Cy taught in Chicago while Doc attended medical school, then in Detroit as he completed his residency. Their daughters Candy and Vicky were born during this time.
In 1958, the family moved to Calumet where Doc set up his practice. Cy began a volunteer career that would last the rest of her life, with the Calumet Public Hospital Auxiliary, the Calumet Ingot Women's Club, Business and Professional Women, the Calumet Methodist Church, Michigamme Methodist Institute and Eastern Star to name a few.
In 1965, her family expanded when she began teaching Home Ec at Dollar Bay High School. She spent the next 25 years with people and in a community she loved before retiring in 1989. Cy was known for her gingerbread houses her classes made every year, the dinners she put on for community organizations, the cookies and other goodies prepared for school open houses and the Christmas food baskets prepared for families in the community.
Cy never met a stranger and that was never more evident than in her public life. In 1974, she began writing a weekly food column for The Copper Nugget, continuing on with The Daily Mining Gazette after the Nugget became part of the paper. Cy continued to write the popular column well into her retirement. She wrote or edited a number of cookbooks and served as a judge for the Houghton County Fair and Chassell Strawberry Festival for more than 20 years. Her kitchen always buzzed with activity, from beautifully decorated cakes to homemade applesauce from Redridge wild apples to jam, jellies and pickles and she always had a cup of coffee ready for friends.
After retirement, Doc and Cy spent many weekends skiing. In 1993, they began wintering in Apache Junction, Ariz., where Cy was again involved with volunteer activities. In 2003, they moved fulltime to Apache Junction, living there until 2006 when they moved to daughter Candy's home in Lincoln, Calif., Cy enjoyed many happy hours there in the garden and spent the last four months at home under care of Sutter Roseville Hospice.
She is survived by daughters, Candy (Michael) Goulette of Lincoln, Calif. and Vicky (Dennis) Buchanan of Pensacola, Fla.; grandchildren, Aaron (Emily Kircher) Veenstra of Carbondale, Ill. and Sarah Veenstra of Lincoln, Calif.; brother, Bob Doering of Rock Island, Ill.; special longtime friend, Maiken Ehlers of Springfield, S.C.; and many other friends across the country.
At Cy's request cremation has taken place.
She will be coming home in summer 2014 for a family ceremony to scatter her ashes over the places she loved. If Cy touched your life in any way, please honor her by giving someone you love a hug - it was always her answer to any problem.