Nila Ann Meyer, 91, Osage City: Jan. 25, 1929 – May 15, 2020

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Nila Ann (Noble) Meyer, 91, joined her Lord and Savior on May 15, 2020, at Peterson’s Assisted Living, Osage City, Kan. She was born Jan. 25, 1929, on a farm outside of Jeffers, Minn., to Archie and Mable (Swartz) Noble.

She graduated from Jeffers High School in 1947 and attended Chaffey Junior College in Ontario, Calif., earning a teaching certificate in 1948. Nila later earned her bachelor’s degree in 1960, and a Master’s in Education from Emporia State University, in 1965.

The Minnesota girl met her Kansas boy in California in 1948 and fell in love. Carl returned to his family farm in Osage City after discharge from the Navy. Nila came to Kansas and taught second grade in Olathe in 1949. Nila and Carl married in Jeffers, Minn., on Aug. 25, 1950, and moved to their home of 69 years six miles north of Osage City in 1951.

She taught the 1950 school year at a one-room country school near Harveyville, Kan. Nila began teaching third grade at Osage City Elementary School in 1960. She loved teaching natural sciences and together she and her students studied dinosaurs and the lifecycle of the monarch butterfly, and grew tadpoles to frogs in her classroom. She was also passionate about soil conservation and her students always entered the soil conservation poster contest. She was recognized in 1985 as the state award-winning teacher for environmental conservation education. Nila retired from 36 years of teaching in 1994.

Nila is survived by her husband, Carl, of the home; three children, Laura DeBaun (Tom), Osage City, Karen Oliver (William), Shawnee, Kan., and Carl Meyer Jr. (Shera), Oskaloosa, Kan.; six grandchildren, Alex DeBaun (Tammi), Valley Center, Kan., Loren DeBaun (Letisha), Osage City, Kathryn Boss (Lucas), Osage City, Maureen Baraban (Brian), Overland Park, Kan., Will Oliver, Shawnee, and Owen Meyer, Oskaloosa; two step-grandchildren, Kelli George (Manoj), Olathe, and Jill Rogers (Gary), Tonganoxie, Kan.; and 11 great-grandchildren and six step-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, Gerald, Virgil and Loren, and one sister, Cleo Howard.

Nila’s family was her passion. She will be missed by one and all.

Sharon Larson was an exceptional support to Nila since 2018. We would like to thank the dedicated staff at Peterson’s Assisted Living for their loving care in Nila’s last year; also Avalon Hospice for their support and care in the last few months.

A private family graveside service officiated by Pastor Libby Oberdorf is planned. A celebration of life service will be held as soon as Covid-19 restrictions allow.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Nila Meyer to the First United Methodist Church, Osage City, or to the Nila Meyer Scholarship Fund, sent in care of VanArsdale Funeral Chapel, 107 N. Sixth St., Osage City, KS 66523. Condolences can be left at vanarsdalefs.com.

 
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