Betty June (BJ) Meier

Betty June (BJ) Meier

BJ Meier: wife, mom, friend, quilter. A life well-lived and filled with love and laughter. BJ was born in Clayton, New Mexico to Nordessa and Neil P. Bolt. Her best friend growing up was her younger brother, Jerry Bolt. They teased and rough-housed as youngsters until he grew up and was a little bigger than her, and then she looked up to him for the rest of her life. BJ married Virgil Meier April 30, 1955. Virgil showed up to their first date wearing a cowboy hat and driving a purple Cadillac, and BJ was smitten. After their wedding, they quickly produced five children: Randy, Toni, Rory, Tim and Vanessa. Her children and subsequent grandchildren were her pride and joy. BJ and Virg lived for many years in Southern California where BJ was a homemaker. Her artistic flair was on display when she painted the front door of one of their first homes red, unheard of at that time. She wasn’t afraid to paint walls orange or red, or green swirls and continued this adventuresome spirit throughout her life.

In 1978, they moved to a 40-acre ranch, where they built their dream home and spent hours working in the yard and on various projects around the house. They were firm believers in doing things themselves, often eliciting help from their kids with the big projects. They taught their kids many life lessons about the value of working hard, learning new skills and the value of stick-to-it-ness.