Dee (Acorn) Meitner was born on Aug. 3, 1963 in Abilene, Texas and passed away in the afternoon of Feb. 6, 2022 at the age of 58. Dee made her home in many places over the years, but mainly here in Humboldt County. She was living in McKinleyville, and worked at the Shell Gas Station, on Central Avenue.

She is survived by her three children: Kimberly, Christopher and Keenan. Dee’s Granddaughter Hayley was able to come to visit her this summer and they were able to spend a lot of quality time together, which made Grandma very happy.

Dee was raised by her Mother Ann and stepfather Jim Mackay, along with Father Bill and stepmother Lori Acorn. She grew up with her two sisters Raelyn Acorn and Dawn (Acorn) Hawkins in Arcata. She also had two younger brothers Robert and Michael Acorn, along with many nieces and nephews.

Dee loved the outdoors. She liked to spend time on the river bar and in the redwoods and taking long walks on the beach with her little dog “Scruffy”. She was very generous, always looking out for others and trying to help the best she could. Feeding and connecting with the homeless in McKinleyville was one of her priorities. Auntie Dee loved to bring treats and play with her great nephews, Marlo and Bobby.

In her youth she was very involved with Girls Scouts, her Girls Scout sash is covered with the badges she earned. Camping and water skiing at Trinity Lake with family and friends during summer months was something she enjoyed. Visiting Grandma Ellie and Uncle Ray in Southern California every year and going to Disneyland every summer, thanks to Uncle Ray.

Dee will dearly be missed by all of her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by: Grandma & Grandpa Everett, Grandma Ellie & Uncle Ray and Grandma & Grandpa Acorn. Last but not least her nephew Sawyer Hawkins.

Dee’s memorial will be held at Paul’s Funeral Chapel in Arcata on Saturday, Feb. 26th at 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the God-Snacked Outreach Ministry Inc., or The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.


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