Anne M. Meade
Anne M. Meade, 54, of Lower Mac-ungie, contently left for heaven Aug. 7, 2013, on her own terms from home, surrounded by her loved ones, after fighting a valiant battle with cancer since age 13. She was the wife of Dr. Thomas Meade. Born in Atlanta, she was a daughter of the late Jeanette and Joseph Salome.
She graduated from Riverwood High School in Atlanta after transferring for her senior year and was elected to the homecoming court. She graduated from Penn State in 3-1/2 years with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and attended the prestigious Montessori Institute in Atlanta. She taught at The Greene Towne Montessori School in Center City Philadelphia for several years before moving and raising her family in Allentown.
She was a passionate doll collector, beloved at the trade shows and a recognized expert with an envious antique Madame Alexander collection.
She was a high-level respected slot player, whose humble and kind demeanor belied her enormous talent and success. The eloquent treatment and respite she received at the major gaming institutions brought incredible joy to her life.
She was loved by everyone and will be remembered as a selfless person with enormous empathy and optimism. Her cancer diagnosis never defined her and although she resisted the usual public approaches to cancer support, she privately mentored dozens of cancer patients through word of mouth referrals. Her personal success with a practical and educated approach to individualized treatment with a strong belief in holistic treatment is what attracted many seeming hopeless patients. They were inspired by her longevity and quality of life, which far exceeded traditional expectations. She was a special gifted person who left a soft but indelible mark on everyone she touched and will be missed dearly.
She is survived by her husband; children, Daniel, Melissa and Christopher; sisters, Loretta and her hsuband Bob Spindel of Vienna, Va., Jean and her husband Frank Dreyer of Atlanta, Ga., Teresa and her husband Tom Doering of Atlanta, Ga.; brothers, David Salome and his wife Kristen of Atlanta, Ga., Joseph Salome and his wife Nancy of Atlanta, Ga.; many nieces and nephews; surrogate mother, Theresa Zintak of Allentown.
In lieu of flowers or contributions, please consider doing something special for someone less fortunate in her honor.
Arrangements were made by the J.S. Burkholder Funeral Home, Allentown.