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Avis (Althen) Meskus
December 15, 2018


Avis (Althen) Meskus, 82
Avis passed away peacefully on the morning of December 15, 2018 at the Overlook Health Center, born March 11, 1936 in Ambler, PA., she and her family moved to Cheshire, CT. when she was 10; she lived an exciting life in many communities including San Francisco, CA., Detroit, Mich., Longmeadow, MA. ,Massapequa Park, Rhinebeck, N.Y., and Lexington, VA.
After caring for her mother Dorothy (LaChance, Althen) Basile, Avis moved to Charlton to be near her sons 20 years ago. She leaves behind her brother, Lee Althen of Centerville, Ohio, her sons; Curtis and his wife Cheryl, who she loved like a daughter along with grandson Kyle of Charlton, Roger and his wife Kathy of Charlton and Eric of Worcester. She also leaves her niece Heidi and her husband Paul Wilkens of Centerville, Ohio and her nephew, Mark Althen and his wife Jane of Mohnton, PA, along with grand nieces and grand nephews.
Avis was a homemaker most of her life, she was an artist who could pick out colors, most couldn’t see, she had an eye for the abstract and contemporary and enjoyed painting with oils, sketching and quilting as she earned the designated Master Crafter in quilt making. She was known to paint a room with bright colors just to liven things up, never falling into the trap of being conventional. Those who saw her style were always impressed with the outcome.
She raised 3 boys who loved her and thank her for always taking the time to entertain us whether it was making tie-dyed shirts in the 60’s to going to the movies that were interesting or making us those elaborate Three Musketeer outfits for Halloween and just being the supportive woman, she was. She will be sadly missed by all who came in contact with her and that ‘Things don’t have to be symmetrical’ creativity.
Avis never felt sorry for herself and fought a courageous battle the last few years with Lewy Body Dementia, always knowing that it would eventually claim her health.
We ‘Thank’ all that cared for her, the doctors, nurses, and especially the staff of the Overlook Communities Fieldstone and the 4th floor Skilled Nursing.
There are no calling hours, burial will be at the family’s convenience.
Memorial donations may be made in her name to: The Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Rd.,SW, Lilburn, GA. 30047.
The ROBERT J. MILLER-CHARLTON FUNERAL HOME, 175 Old WorcesterRd., is assisting the family with arrangements.
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