Patricia Van Meter

Patricia Jane Van Meter (Howell)

Friday, July 12th, 1940 - Thursday, March 5th, 2020
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Patricia Jane Van Meter, age 79, passed away at 7:20 a.m. Thursday, March 5, 2020, at Herrin Hospital in Herrin, Illinois.

Patricia was born on July 12, 1940, in Murphysboro, Illinois, to Dennis Howell and Revil (Shadowens) Howell.

She was a housewife and had worked as a cook at Cindy B's and other restaurants in the area. She had also worked at the Glove Factory.

Mrs. Van Meter had been attending First Christian Church in Murphysboro.

She enjoyed family gatherings and laughing and telling stories about the "good ole days". She loved spending her time with her dog Lobo and sitting on the porch with her sisters.

Patricia had a great love for her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She married Howard Dale Van Meter on March 5, 1965, in Varna, Illinois, and he preceded her in death on November 11, 1990.

Patricia is survived by three children Ron Van Meter and his wife Jennifer Van Meter of Carbondale, Rick Ellis of Murphysboro, and Tina Feldman and her husband Scott Feldman of Lone Tree, Iowa;

one step son Tony (Lisa) Van Meter of Cahokia, Illinois;

eleven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren;

one sister Helen Howell and one brother Alvis Howell, both of Murphysboro.

She was preceded in death by one daughter Melody Ellis, by two sister Mary Wright and Rose Worthen, five brothers John, Herman, Lymon, Bud, and Jim Howell, and her parents.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 7, 2020, at the First Christian Church in Murphysboro and burial will be at Buchanan Cemetery near Rockwood. Visitation will be from 12 noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the church. For more information, please visit
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, March 7th, 2020 | 12:00pm - 2:00pm
    Saturday, March 7th, 2020 12:00pm - 2:00pm
    First Christian Church
    1501 Pine Street
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  • Service

    Saturday, March 7th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, March 7th, 2020 2:00pm
    First Christian Church
    1501 Pine Street
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rick Sutton
  • Interment

    Buchanan Cemetery
  • Reception

    First Christian Church
    1501 Pine Street
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Nick & Bobbie VanMeter

Posted at 08:09pm
With Deepest Sympathy
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Posted at 04:14pm
We are so sorry for your loss. Stay strong. Grammeter will be missed
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Debbie Rohlfing

Posted at 11:05am
Hugs and prayers to the family! Pat was our neighbor on Hog Hill. She was such a great friend and best neighbor I have ever had! Debbie Rohlfing

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Posted at 10:42am
Misty and family: Prayers and thoughts for you during this time.
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