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Katie Meers

October 11, 2002 - December 23, 2023

Service Date: December 30, 2023

Church Saylorville Church

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Katie Anne Meers, 21, passed away unexpectedly at home early on December 23, 2023.

Services will be held at Saylorville Church (6429 NW 6th Dr., Des Moines) on Saturday, December 30, 2023, at 1:30 p.m., with visitation beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Katie was a bright light to everyone who knew her. She found countless friends and supporters during her time in the Colfax-Mingo and Ankeny schools. Over her lifetime, she was beloved by the congregations of Ankeny Baptist Church, Saylorville Church and Lakeside Fellowship. Katie served as an unofficial greeter for every church she attended and waited eagerly to join believers in worship on Sundays. The RiseUp special needs program at Saylorville Church and one-on-one helpers at Lakeside will never know how much they lifted up the entire Meers family with the overwhelming love they showed to Katie from her first day.

Katie is survived in her immediate family by her sister, Alli Fisher, who works in autism therapy, carrying out the love for kids with special needs that Katie taught her. Alli and her husband Noah are parents to Katie’s niece Dani, age 1. Katie is also survived by her mom, Teri, who selflessly set aside her own goals to care for Katie day and night. Katie is also survived by her dad, Trevor, who became a pastor at Lakeside Fellowship because Katie taught him to see the image of God in every person he meets.   Katie is also survived by her grandparents, Gary & Janet Meers, whose golf cart at “Me-mee’s House” was one of Katie’s happiest places, and Terry & Diane Southwick, who rearranged their own lives to move to Iowa and help Katie and her family in ways we can’t begin to measure.

Our family is comforted by Scripture’s promise that Katie is already with Christ in a glorified body, doing things far beyond any of our capabilities in this life. And we pour out our gratitude to everyone who served Katie. In the words of Jesus, “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these, my brothers, you did it to me.” (Matt 25:39)

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