2017-11-07 / Obituaries

Meg Meiklejohn

Meg Meiklejohn died in Brunswick, Maine on October 28, 2017. Meg had been a resident of Thornton Oaks since 2010, when she and her husband Jim began spending part of each year in Brunswick.

Meg was born Margaret Tatum Hilles on January 3, 1928 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Lincoln School, in Providence, RI, and then Mount Holyoke College (1949), and she enjoyed lasting friendships with women from those years. A successful blind date after college led to 63 years of marriage, to Jim Meiklejohn, who passed away in 2014.

From gardening to hiking to skiing to tennis to paddle tennis to camping and canoeing, Meg spent as much time outdoors as possible all her life. She was a graceful athlete with a tomboy spirit. Meg often remarked on how she had been brought up in an all-female world but ended up with an all-male family. With endless energy, a sense of humor and good emergency response skills she navigated life with three sons who variously plunged down staircases and ski slopes, broke bones, ate forest toadstools and stabbed each other in the head (only once) with Boy Scout pen-knives.

Meg was a doer and a learner – she and Jim traveled often and always with those goals. They made two treks in the Himalaya region of Nepal, a family descent of the Colorado River through Grand Canyon for their 40th wedding anniversary, and Elderhostel trips to dozens of locations around the world.

Meg was a librarian who had a passion for books and educated minds; a new book or a reference guide of some kind was always close at hand. She loved noting any kind of interesting (useful and practical) suggestion, from a new recipe to a home remedy, and there were files and piles with her collected favorites torn from magazines and newspapers. Meg was organized and liked to see everything accounted for and in its place. She loved cats and had many longhaired, big-footed feline friends over the years. She was frugal, rarely spending on herself and living the dictum “fix it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.” From her mother and from her Quaker upbringing, Meg had a passion for fairness, whether in politics or family life. Companies, organizations and governments – none were to be given too much trust without verification. She and Jim cared deeply about leaving the world better than they found it, and they did.

Meg leaves her loving and grateful sons Brad of Eagle River, AK, Randy (Diane Sokal) of Brookline, MA, and Scott (Ellen Hayward) of Harpswell, ME, and grandchildren Henry and Elizabeth. A gathering for Meg will be held in Randolph, NH in summer 2018; her family welcomes contributions in her memory to the Friends of the Randolph Public Library, 130 Durand Road, Randolph NH, 03593 or to the Randolph Mountain Club, PO Box 279, Gorham, NH 03581.

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