She was born November 6, 1928 to Elias Jackson and Mary Viola (Beal) French in Union Star, Missouri.
Mary married Melvin L. Van Meter on December 19, 1948 in St. Joseph. He preceded her in death on June 19, 2011.
She worked as a teacher, seamstress and was a homemaker. Mrs. Van Meter was a member of Patee Park Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school, helped with the nursery, food pantry, and other activities.
Preceding in death are her parents; husband; five sisters, Opal Niederhouser, Crystal Van Meter, Ruby Caraway, Anne Hunt and Luella Keys; four brothers, Dale French, Lewis French, Chester French and Marvin French.
She is survived by her two sons, Michael Van Meter, St. Joseph and Mark Van Meter (Debra), Noblesville, Indiana; two daughters, Michele Fisher (Martin), Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Marcia Van Meter, San Rafael, California; two brothers-in-law, Arthur Warren Van Meter, St. Joseph and Jimmy Pettyjohn, San Luis Obispo, California; seven grandchildren, Natalie Van Meter, Indianapolis; Tara Danner (Jason), Los Angeles, Jackson Van Meter, Bloomington, Indiana; Matthew Kuvara and Colby Kuvara, San Francisco; and Mitchell Fisher and Meredith Fisher, Cedar Rapids; and great-grandson, Collin Jackson Danner.
Services: 1:00 P.M. Saturday, Patee Park Baptist Church. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery. The Family will receive friends 6:00 to 8:30 P.M. Friday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory, where friends may call after 12:00 P.M. Noon Friday. Mrs. Van Meter will be removed from Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory to arrive at the church one hour prior to the service. The Family suggests memorial gifts in her honor to Patee Park Baptist Church, Patee Park Baptist Food Pantry or to the Alzheimer's Association.