PORTLAND - Iva Jean Meacham, 81, died Dec. 27, 2008, in Portland. She was born in Wenatchee on Aug. 12, 1927, to Samuel E. and Iva May Watson. The family later moved to Portland where she graduated from Jefferson High School.
In 1945 she married Virgil Carroll and together they opened Patti's Ice Cream store in the Sellwood area. They moved their family to Longview in 1953 continuing in the ice cream business for the next eight years while they raised three daughters.
She also pursued a career in real estate, obtaining a broker's license and opening her own office, Carroll's Realty. Next she moved to Vancouver and continued in real estate.
In 1978, she married Ellis Meacham and they spent their retirement years traveling between Palm Springs, Calif., and Chinook.
Some of Mrs. Meacham's passions included cooking, golfing, dancing and fishing. She will be remembered as a hard-working, fun-loving person with an infectious laugh.
Survivors include her sisters, Helen (Don) Hogan of Seattle and Joann (Mike) Lakey of Portland; her brothers, Robert (Laverl) Watson of Aurora, Colo., and Terry Parker of Portland; her daughters, Patti (Clint) Patton of Puyallup, Connie (Michael) Barber of Beaverton, Ore., and Sally (Oly) Olsen of Beaverton, Ore.; four stepchildren, Jack (Kathy) Meacham of Vancouver, Sharon (Betty) Surratt of Portland, Alice (John) Johnson of Lake Oswego, Ore., and Shirley (Mel) Colby of Vancouver; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A private family memorial service was held on Jan. 17 in Portland. Memorials are suggested to the Salvation Army or the Oregon Food Bank.
Arrangements are by Finley-Sunset Hills Memorial Park and Mortuary in Portland.