Friday, March 13, 2015

Pictures of Stephanie Renee Meier, her family, and her memorial

Posted By on Fri, Mar 13, 2015 at 1:37 PM

In this week's Inlander, we profiled the life of Stephanie Renee Meier, the homeless woman who died after being run over by a city maintenance truck . The following pictures are of Meier's life, and of her family after her death.
click to enlarge Meier and her sister Denise as children. - PROVIDED BY STEPHANIE RENEE MEIER'S FAMILY
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  • Meier and her sister Denise as children.
click to enlarge Art had always been a part of Meier's identity. But in the last period of her life, Meier's artwork increasingly became a crucial part of her self-expression. - PROVIDED BY STEPHANIE RENEE MEIER'S FAMILY
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  • Art had always been a part of Meier's identity. But in the last period of her life, Meier's artwork increasingly became a crucial part of her self-expression.
click to enlarge Meier and her husband, Dan, years ago. - PROVIDED BY STEPHANIE RENEE MEIER'S FAMILY
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  • Meier and her husband, Dan, years ago.

click to enlarge Years ago, Meier was renowned in her family for making elaborate homemade birthday cakes, like this one for Sally's first birthday - Two of her older kids, Jesse and Lisa, join the celebration - PROVIDED BY STEPHANIE RENEE MEIER'S FAMILY
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  • Years ago, Meier was renowned in her family for making elaborate homemade birthday cakes, like this one for Sally's first birthday Two of her older kids, Jesse and Lisa, join the celebration
click to enlarge Meier with her youngest, Angelina. Today, as a teenager, Angelina's fondest memories of her mother involve their visits to Pine River Park and the Little Spokane River. - PROVIDED BY STEPHANIE RENEE MEIER'S FAMILY
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  • Meier with her youngest, Angelina. Today, as a teenager, Angelina's fondest memories of her mother involve their visits to Pine River Park and the Little Spokane River.
click to enlarge The three-acre property where Meier spent much of her last five years. Meier did not have permission to stay on the property, and the property owner, Al Payne, removed and trimmed trees to try to drive away campers like Meier. - But Meier's sister Lori reports that Payne, too, showed up at one of Meier's memorial services and paid his respect. - "She was the lone survivor. She was a determined lady," Payne says. "She could be ever charming, and at the same time very stubborn." - DANIEL WALTERS PHOTO
  • Daniel Walters photo
  • The three-acre property where Meier spent much of her last five years. Meier did not have permission to stay on the property, and the property owner, Al Payne, removed and trimmed trees to try to drive away campers like Meier. But Meier's sister Lori reports that Payne, too, showed up at one of Meier's memorial services and paid his respect. "She was the lone survivor. She was a determined lady," Payne says. "She could be ever charming, and at the same time very stubborn."
click to enlarge Dan Meier, Meier's husband, stands at the memorial at the accident site. - YOUNG KWAK PHOTO
  • Young Kwak photo
  • Dan Meier, Meier's husband, stands at the memorial at the accident site.

click to enlarge Meier's mother, Jacqueline Bender, with a piece of Meier's artwork, covered with Bible verse fragments. Religion, especially angels, figured prominently into Meier's artwork. - YOUNG KWAK PHOTO
  • Young Kwak photo
  • Meier's mother, Jacqueline Bender, with a piece of Meier's artwork, covered with Bible verse fragments. Religion, especially angels, figured prominently into Meier's artwork.
click to enlarge Amy Bender, Meier's sister, at the accident site. - YOUNG KWAK PHOTO
  • Young Kwak photo
  • Amy Bender, Meier's sister, at the accident site.
click to enlarge A cell phone picture of the notebook found by Amy Bender, Meier's sister, near the accident site. The book contained love notes to Meier's children. - DANIEL WALTERS PHOTO
  • Daniel Walters photo
  • A cell phone picture of the notebook found by Amy Bender, Meier's sister, near the accident site. The book contained love notes to Meier's children.
click to enlarge The last page of Meier's notebook found near the accident site. - PROVIDED BY STEPHANIE RENEE MEIER'S FAMILY
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  • The last page of Meier's notebook found near the accident site.
click to enlarge Across from the memorial site of the accident, the word "VIRTUE" has been painted on the rock face in pink and purple — a color dominating much of Meier's artwork. Meier slept in a circle she had drawn and labeled "virtue" the night before she was run over by a city truck. - Her family colored in the word "virtue" and decorated the surrounding asphalt with sidewalk chalk drawings. - DANIEL WALTERS PHOTO
  • Daniel Walters photo
  • Across from the memorial site of the accident, the word "VIRTUE" has been painted on the rock face in pink and purple — a color dominating much of Meier's artwork. Meier slept in a circle she had drawn and labeled "virtue" the night before she was run over by a city truck.Her family colored in the word "virtue" and decorated the surrounding asphalt with sidewalk chalk drawings.

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