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JoAnn Meide died Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008, in Billings as a result of Alzheimer's disease. She was 79.

She was born May 23, 1929, in Casper, Wyo., the only child of Glen Kinch and Edna Ryan Kinch. Her family ultimately settled in Billings and JoAnn graduated from Senior High School in 1946. She attended Monticello College in Alton, Ill., as well as the University of Mexico, University of New Mexico and graduated from the University of Montana. She later received a Masters Degree in Library Science from the University of Denver and a Doctor of Education from MSU Bozeman. She married Allen Meide (a Senior High classmate) in 1960. He died in 1970. She joined the faculty at MSU Billings where she served as librarian for over 25 years.

She is survived by her son, Jeff (Sandra) Meide, and daughter Rachel (Steve Giest) Anderson of Billings; her son, David (Susan Darling) Meide of Seattle; and her beloved grandchildren, Danielle Anderson and Kyle Anderson.

Those who knew her will attest to her voracious intellect, sharp wit, love of animals, music and movies and her occasional salty language. Her favorite quote was from Thomas Jefferson: "A little rebellion now and then is a good thing."

The family wishes to express its deep appreciation to JoAnn's caregivers at Edgewood Vista, Grand Park Vintage Suites and Rocky Mountain Hospice. Memorial donations may be made to Yellowstone Public Radio, Help for Homeless Pets or Rocky Mountain Hospice.

A celebration of her life will be held at the home of Jeff and Sandra Meide at 419 Burlington on Saturday, May 23, 2009, at 2 p.m.

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