Clara “Mickey” Stringer Meekins of Nags Head, Jan. 28

By on January 30, 2019

Clara “Mickey” Stringer Meekins, 91, of Nags Head, NC died Monday, January 28, 2019, at Peak Resources – Outer Banks. The daughter of Florence Speck Reed and Sidney Osgood Reed, she grew up in the Utica/Oriskany area of upstate New York.

In 1948, Clara graduated from nursing school at the Children’s Hospital in Buffalo, NY. She married Walter E. Turk and settled in North Bay, NY near his family farm.

Always busy, working part-time and raising six children (Nancy Bourgeois, Walter William Turk (deceased), Catherine Pfendler, Valerie Metott, Michael Turk, and Susan Conner), she still made time for others. Clara was active in Girl Scouts, 4-H, school PTO, Methodist church functions and often volunteered with Red Cross blood drives and vaccination clinics.

After Walter’s death, she married William Stringer of Cooperstown and together they retired to the Outer Banks in Manteo, NC to enjoy warmer weather and fishing. They also attended Stumpy Point United Methodist Church. Following the untimely death of William, she later married William Meekins of Stumpy Point, NC.

Clara shared her talents in arts and crafts, baking and music with her communities. She was a member of the Outer Banks Baum Center, church chorus, Outer Banks chorus, and “Sweet Carolines,” a lady’s barbershop group. She was a volunteer driver for Dare County taking people to out of town medical appointments and filling the wait time crocheting and letter writing.

Her extended family includes twenty-seven grandchildren, forty-three great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She had many wonderful friends and had a full and meaningful life.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 pm on Friday, February 1, 2019, at Outer Banks Presbyterian Church. A celebration of life with New York extended family and friends and interment is being planned for later this year.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Outer Banks Chorus, PO Box 3657, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948 or Outer Banks Presbyterian Church Choir, PO Box 2199, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948.

Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed at

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