Merced Sun Star , 16 Mar 1932: "



Pioneer Woman Taken Ill Monday; Succumbs Early Today at Home - Widow of Former Sheriff and State Senator; Son Survives - Mrs. Mary Tackett Meany, 74, pioneer resident and property owner of Merced, died this morning at her home at 519 Eighteenth from an illness which struck her Monday afternoon. Services will be at 10 Friday morning at the Welch and Griffin chapel with the Rev. W.A. Cash, vicar of St. Luke's Episcopal church officiating. Mrs. Meany's body will be placed in the family plot in the Knights of Pythias cemetery near that of her husband, Anthony James Meany, former sheriff and state senator, who died in 1891, and an infant son who died in 1883. "Mrs. E.C. Shaver of Glendale, sister, and A.W. Meany of Merced, son, the closest surviving relatives, were at Mrs. Meany's bedside when she died at 5 a.m. today. Mrs. Meany, the daughter of Mrs. Sarah Silman, was born in Tuttletown, Tuolumne County, April 7, 1857. She moved to Snelling with the Tackett family while a small girl and was raised and educated in the vicinity. While a young woman she was a teacher in Merced County schools. She married Anthony James Meany in 1881. A.W. Meany was born the following year. "The family moved to Merced from Snelling 52 years ago when the county seat changed and while Anthony Meany was sheriff. He was subsequently elected state senator and served in that capacity two terms. The first family home in Merced was on the west side of town. After Anthony Mean y died here in 1891 Mrs. Meany continued to live on the west side of town until 1906 when she moved to her home on Eighteenth where for many years she conducted a boarding house. Mrs. Meany took a prominent part in school, business, church and social life in Merced until shortly before her death. She was one of the first worthy matrons of Merced's chapter of Eastern Star and was a member of the native Daughters. She also belonged to several women's groups. "During her life she made wide circle of friends in California and on trips in Hawaii and Alaska. In addition to her son and sister, Mrs. Meany is survived by a daughter-in-law, Mrs. A.W. Meany, and two grandchildren, Marilyn and Christine. Mrs. Shaver had been visiting in Merced last week. but had returned to Glendale. She arrived last night by train. Active pallbearers will be H.K. Landrum, R.P. Thorpe, O.A. Turner, Fred Bedesen, Dr. N.S. Peck and Stanley S. Simonson. Honorary pallbearers will be John R. Graham, Sr., E.T. Cunningham, A.L. Silman and John R. Cornett".


Contributed by: Carol Lackey