Betty Meikle, longtime local, died Saturday
Elizabeth L. Meikle, better known as “Betty at the bank,” died Saturday of pneumonia. She was 89. A Vail Valley resident since 1976, she was active in community affairs including Business and Professional Women, Eagle Valley Arts Council, Vail Ski Museum and the Community Rummage Sale. She had been employed at 1st Bank of Vail for the past 23 years and was working as recently as last month.Formerly of Fort Wayne and Kokomo, Ind., Meikle during her life was a wife and mother of three, as well as an early pilot in the Civil Air Patrol, a fashion model, an art school graduate and life-long artist, a co-promoter of auto races in Indiana with her husband, a newspaper columnist in Indiana and in Vail, a nursing home administrator and a real estate agent.She is survived by daughter Jackie Montgomery and son-in-law Tony Seibert of Avon; son Jim Lipkey of Kokomo; and grandson Van Lipkey and his wife, Krista, of Chicago. She was preceded in death by her son, Victor L. Lipkey, and her husband of 25 years, Bill Lipkey, both formerly of Kokomo.A memorial service will be held in the Vail Interfaith Chapel at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday. A reception will follow immediately at the 1st Bank of Vail next door. In lieu of flowers the family prefers donations to the Elizabeth L. Meikle Memorial Fund at the 1st Bank of Vail. All funds will be used for a memorial bench in her name at the Betty Ford Alpine Garden. Vail, Colorado
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