“Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.”
After a long and full life, Dorothy “Dot” Meyer is now safe in the presence of her Savior, Jesus Christ. Dot went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, June 5th, 2018 in the comfort of her home and surrounded by loved ones. She was 93.
Dorothy LaMargaret Buoch was born in East Point, Georgia in 1924, to George Joseph Buoch, Sr. and Eva Jane (Parker) Buoch. The youngest of four children, she dearly loved her sister Louise and brothers George Jr. and Billy and shared many happy memories of her years growing up.
At Russell High School in East Point she met her sweetheart, Edwin F. “Eddie” Meyer, Jr. Their classmates gave them the yearbook superlatives “Cutest Boy” and “Cutest Girl” and the two became engaged in late 1941, planning to be married in early 1942 and begin life as a military couple. Eddie had just signed on with the Army Air Corp and on the night of December 7, 1941, as news of the attack on Pearl Harbor spread, they knew he would be shipped out quickly. With her parents’ hasty permission, they drove out in the middle of the night to find a justice of the peace who would marry them. It was in the wee hours that the ceremony was complete, so their anniversary always served as a reminder of that turning point in history: December 8, 1941.
Dot was a career Air Force wife, serving with her husband, who rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, in locations ranging from post-World War II Germany to Anchorage, Alaska to the Pentagon in Washington DC. She and Eddie raised two sons: Edwin, born in 1943, and Larry, born in 1949. Their last assignment was to Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City, where they retired to enjoy sunshine, golf, life on the water and regular visits with family.
During their time in Washington DC, Edwin met and married Victoria “Vickie” Blaney, who Dot loved and welcomed as the daughter that she’d always wanted. Her extended family in Georgia had also grown and “Aunt Dot” delighted in keeping up with the lives of her many nieces and nephews - Jerry, Carol, Gail, Georganna, Valerie, Bud, Brenda, Steve, David and Mark - as well as their children and grandchildren.
She became “Memaw” in 1968 when Ed and Vickie’s first daughter, Laura, was born - followed not long after by Rachel, Matthew and Seth. These four were the treasures of her life and she and Eddie, now “Papaw,” generously and creatively loved each one, investing their time to make lifetime memories. Just a few of the things that are most remembered: boating and fishing, beach walks, crabbing and bayou floating, back porch swinging, craft and wood working, putt-putting, backyard croquet, card playing, and the aroma of scrumptious home cooking that met her family each time they arrived for a visit . . . along with the promise of a “Co-cola” over crushed ice!
Showing hospitality, not only to family but to neighbors and friends, was one of Dot’s great joys and gifts. There are many who vividly recall her delicious southern cooking - pot roast, fried okra, mashed potatoes, meringues, 7-Up Pound Cake, and Lime Jello Fluff. She and Papaw also shared a lifelong passion for a card game called Liverpool Rummy. Playing one or two rounds a night was just part of the routine, and the laughter, snacking, camaraderie and competition that ensued around their dining room table became a treasured part of our family heritage.
Dot lost Eddie, the love of her life, in 2006 after 64 years of marriage. She made the decision to move closer to family in Cocoa Beach and has so enjoyed having the opportunity to see more of her grandchildren, their spouses and her eight great-grandchildren.
Dot is preceded in death by her husband Edwin F. Meyer, Jr., her son Larry Meyer, her siblings George Buoch, Louise (Buoch) Sherrer, and Billy Buoch and many dear friends and extended family members. She is survived by her son, Edwin F. Meyer III, her four grandchildren (Laura, Rachel, Matthew and Seth) and their families: Brett and Laura Caruso and their daughter and son-in-law Ryan and Kaylyn Gyuris of Jacksonville, FL; Greg and Rachel Wikan and their children, Audrey and William Wikan of Eustis, FL; Matthew and Toni Meyer and their three boys, Anthony, Andrew and Aidan Meyer of Orlando, FL; and Seth and Traci Meyer and their twins, Merrick and Marley Meyer of Jacksonville, FL.
While Dot prized her family, she loved Jesus Christ and treasured her relationship with Him above all. She openly shared that faith with her family who are all incredibly grateful for her encouragement and example. While they will miss her greatly, they rejoice in her going home, knowing that she is in the firm embrace of her Creator and the Lover of her Soul.
Arrangements are under the care of Beckman Williamson Funeral Home in Cocoa Beach. Online condolences can be given at www.beckmanwilliamson.com and, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to CITA (Christ Is The Answer) Rescue Mission at www.citarescuemission.org or 2330 Johnny Ellison Drive Melbourne, FL 32901.
“…and He walks with me, and He talks with me, and He tells me I am His own.
And the joy we share as we tarry there, none other has ever known.”