Oct. 25, 1957 – July 25, 2013
Charlene Marie Meier Padilla, a kind, loving and beautiful woman, died in the early morning hours of July 25, 2013.
She was born in Elgin, N.D., on Oct. 25, 1957, to Peter and Josephine (Keller) Meier. She was the first born of a set of quadruplets, which included two sets of identical twin girls. Her identical twin, Arlene Marie, died five days later.
Charlene grew up on a farm three miles south of Burt, N.D. She went to school in Mott, N.D., and graduated in 1976. Charlene moved to Lovell in 1980, where she stayed.
Charlene worked briefly at the Great Western Sugar factory. She then went to work at Saveway gas station, which was a job she loved. She then worked at North Big Horn Hospital/New Horizons Care Center for several years, first in dietary and later on in housekeeping/laundry. She was very proud of her work. She made many friends working at NBHH and was greatly loved. She had so much fun with her friends Nikki, Alyson and Cecelia (deceased). They were the four amigos.
She met and fell in love with Ross Padilla. She gave birth to the love of her life, Conor M. Padilla, on June 22, 1994. Charlene and Ross were married on Dec. 11, 2006. She loved spending time with Conor.
She loved watching television and playing games on her computer, but most of all she loved watching and shopping on QVC, where she found many bargains and goodies. She loved purses and jewelry. She also loved the Twilight series. She loved to watch the movies and read the books over and over (Go Team Edward!). Poor Conor endured that with great patience.
Charlene was diagnosed with breast cancer in late 2010. She did many rounds of chemo and radiation. She was diagnosed with leukemia in May 2012. In October 2012, Charlene and her sister Marlene traveled to Aurora, Colo., to the University of Colorado Hospital and had a bone marrow/stem cell transplant. Her loving husband stayed with and cared for her for three months in Aurora, until she was allowed to come home in January, 2013. Unfortunately, the transplant didn’t work and she was diagnosed again with leukemia on July 8. She fought a long, hard, valiant battle. She loved life and had a strong spirit, which was admired greatly by all who knew her.
Charlene is survived by her love Ross; her beloved son, Conor; her step-son Loni (Stefanie) of Basin; grandchildren Ross, Jose, Joel and Jackson; her mother, Josephine of Mott; her brothers Michael (Bonnie) Meier of Basin, Milton (Carmen) Meier of Byron, Lawrence Meier of Worland and Virgil (Sherry) Meier of Mott; her fraternal twin sisters, Marlene (Ron) Schmidt of Lovell and Jolene (Dale) Harris of Gillette; her nieces and nephews: Michael (Tanna) Meier, Jake Valdez, Shelley Dawn (Alex) Lee, Brock (Keela) Meier, Nina (Jeremy) Russell, Monica (Jessie) Hamilton, Laura Meier, Brittany (Peter) Reis, Shantel Meier, Seth Meier, Tim (Julie Smith) Schmidt, Wes Schmidt, Amanda (Brandon Hayes) Harris, and Zachary (Lanae) Harris; sisters-in-law Patricia and Carole; her wonderful and caring second family: Mark (Sue) Padilla of Lovell, Leon and Lydia (who was her angel on this earth) of Lovell, Arlene (Roger) Haney of Lovell, sister-in-law Lola Padilla of Lovell, Jelli (Keith) McIntosh, Kimo (Julie) Vazques, Mia Padilla, Roger (Julia) Haney Jr., and Tessy (Danny) Jolley; her special family in Colorado: Aunt Jackie, Uncle Martin Cobos, Cousin Gilda Florez and Aunt Juanita Gonzales; and numerous great-nieces and nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her identical twin sister, Arlene; her father, Peter; her nephew, Marky; and her beloved father-and mother-in-law, Coke and Anna Padilla.
She loved the doctors, nurses and staff at the University of Colorado Hospital, Billings Clinic Hospital and North Big Horn Hospital. She was especially close and loved the nurses on the fourth floor cancer ward in Billings Clinic and the staff at North Big Horn Hospital. She will be greatly missed.
Rosary was held on July 29 at Haskell Funeral Home. Funeral Mass was held on July 30 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Lovell. Interment was in the Lovell Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.haskellfuneralhome.com.