June 29, 1920-Aug. 6, 2004

PENDLETON - A graveside service for former Umatilla County Health Department nurse and Main Street Sidesaddler, Reta June McPherson Meats, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 12, at Skyview Memorial Park, Highway 395, south of Pendleton.

Mrs. Meats, 84, of Beaverton, died Friday, Aug. 6, 2004, at Beaverton.

She was born June 29, 1920, at Greely, Neb., to William and Martha Caudill Prewitt. She grew up at Torrington, Wyo., and attended Torrington High School, later moving to Scotts Bluff, Neb. She received her nursing diploma in September 1944 from West Nebraska Methodist Hospital.

On Oct. 22, 1944, she married William McPherson at Scotts Bluff. They moved to Pendleton in 1960. The couple were parents of two sons, Randall and Kirby.

She was employed as a nurse in Pendleton, retiring from the Umatilla County Health Department.

She was a past member of Good Sams, Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary, Main Street Sidesaddlers, Pamona Grange, White Eagle Grange, Cold Spring Grange and Altrusa.

She was a collector of penguins.

Mr. McPherson died in 1998 and in November 1991, she married George F. Meats.

Survivors include her sons, Randall A. McPherson of Portland, and Kirby B. McPherson of Clackamas, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her first husband, William McPherson in 1998, and by her second husband, George Meats in 2002.

Memorial contributions may be made to Visiting Nurse Association Foundation-Hopewell House Hospice Center, P.O. Box 4484, Portland, OR 97208.

Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements.

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