It’s Your Colusa County: Susan Meeker

Age: 60

City of residence: Maxwell

Occupation: Pioneer Review Advertising Manager & Reporter

Family: Husband of 37 years, Mike Meeker; daughter and son-in-law, Nina and Brandon Middleton; and grandson, Brayden Middleton.

Describe yourself in three words: Ethical, dependable, hardworking.

What kind of pets do you have? I have a yellow Lab named Augles McDougal McMeeker McMuffin (Augie for short); and two adopted Pugs named Fat Boy McGillicutty (Pete) and Black Jack McGee (Joe). All three are eight years old.

What was your first job? I was a Kelly Girl in college in the 1970s, although I don’t think Kelly Services (a temp agency) calls their people that anymore.

What do you most enjoy about your job? I like that the Pioneer Review is locally owned and independent. Lloyd, Brian, Leanne, and I all live in Colusa County, and we care about the communities we serve.

What is your dream job? Conductor on the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad ride at Disneyland or a professional ghostwriter.

What’s something about yourself that your friends might not know? Very few people know that I was named after a 1957 psycho killer. I was two days old and my parents were still trying to decide between “Sarah Ethel,” after my dad’s mother, who died when he was 15, or “Morgan Ruth,” after my mom’s best friend. On the morning of the third day, a nurse delivered a newspaper to my mom’s room, and in it was a story about a young woman at San Francisco State University named Suzanne Elaine, who was found to be legally insane for killing her roommate in the dorm, and stuffing her body in a steamer trunk. My mom liked the name but preferred a shortened version: Susan Elaine. My dad consented because the initials, at least, would be the same as my grandmother.

Who do you most admire? My older sister Barbara. She’s always been capable. She’s the type of person that can fix just about anything. Give her some string, twigs, and super glue and she could probably remodel your kitchen.

What is your favorite book or movie? I like most Stephen King books, but especially the ones that make really good movies. No matter how many times “Shawshank Redemption” or “The Green Mile” are on television, which is pretty often, I find myself watching, at least in part; “Carrie” and “Christine” too!

What is your favorite childhood memory? My dad (a blacksmith/welder) teaching everyone in my 4-H club how to trim hooves and shoe our own horses, which really seemed to bother the local farrier. My dad also taught us how to properly groom them and clean their teeth, and how to make and care for tack – and he loaned his tools to all my friends. My dad, who was pretty wonderful, died when I was 18, so the informative years with him in my life are some of my most precious memories.

What’s something you can’t live without? Quiet time to myself.

What’s your favorite thing to do on a rainy day? I like to rearrange furniture or organize cupboards and closets.

What do you like most about Colusa County? I like agriculture; all kinds. I would like a big apricot orchard so I can make apricot wine and jam. I would call it “Battle Fields,” and hand out bumper stickers that say “Taste the Revolution,” even if it does sound like a beer commercial.

What would you like to change about Colusa County? If I could wave a magic wand I would turn all rural roads into rubberized asphalt concrete so pot holes would be a thing of the past. Sidewalks too!

If you could write a biography about someone local, who would it be and why? My friend, Len Danley, of Maxwell. We both have a creative nature, but she’s done some pretty amazing things in her life.

Where do you get your news? Newspapers, especially the Pioneer Review! I don’t see everything in it until it comes out, and I’m always amazed how much we cover.