Jan. 8, 1934 – July 6, 2022
Thursday, July 14, 2022

Evelyn L. (Bricker) Meares, 88, died at Tender Nest in Billings, Mont. on July 6, 2022, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Evelyn was born at the Thompson family homestead on Whitebird Creek Road just outside of Columbus, Mont. on January 8, 1934, to Willard and Grace (Thompson) Bricker. At a young age her family moved to California during the depression for work where she was raised with her three sisters Iola (Ralph) Smith, Ellen (Jim) Veik and Arlene (Ray) Veik.

As a teenager she spent time with her Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles and cousins on the Thompson (Columbus) and George (Roscoe) ranches in Montana. The Montana visits continued each year after she married and had children.

She met the love of her life, Forrest Meares, while attending 4-H camp California. They were married on June 20, 1954 in Riverside, Calif. After several years living in San Luis O bispo, where Forrest received his degree in Poultry Husbandry and a year of teaching the same, they started a family.

They raised three children: Forrest Randall (Chris) of Modesto, Calif., Bruce (Lisa) of Santa Barba ra, Calif. and Sue (Mark Pederson) of Columbus, Mont.

Evelyn (Evie) enjoyed being outside gardening or helping with ranch duties (even moving hand pipe), genealogy, quilting, upholstery, getting together with her three sisters and all 13 kids. She attended her children’s sports and 4-H meetings and horses hows. Evelyn spent time as a dental assistant, before a long career as a librarian and then a teacher’s aide. Mom cleaned a lot of fish over the years after introducing Dad to fishing on the Stillwater.

In 1987, Evie & Forrest bought a small house on the Stillwater River from Evie’s uncle, Wally Thompson, and began spending the entire summers there after retiring in 1995. Evie enjoyed the many visitors from friends and family.

She is survived by her husband, their children and spouses, grandchildren Mayson, Justine, Rebeca Meares; Shane & Savannah Meares; Paul (Emily)& Katie (Drew) Pederson Wajer and 4 great grandchildren.

A Celebration Of Life will be held Sunday, July 17 at 2 p.m. at the Absarokee Congregational Church.