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Meridith Jean Pressly, 83, of Lebanon, died Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023.

She was born July 4, 1939, in King City to Jesse Sr. and Estes Kerns Finch.

On Aug. 9, 1956, she was united in marriage to Gerald Pressly, who preceded her in death on July 24, 2012. She also was preceded in death by her parents, and one brother, Jesse Finch Jr.

Meridith and her husband Gerald owned and operated several businesses in Lebanon, Joy Motel, Dog-N-Suds Drive-In, Nifty Cafe and Triple A Ambulance Service to name a few, all while raising her family. She also worked in home health care for many years, even into her late 70s and loved her patients dearly. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, painting, arts and crafts, flowers, and interior decorating. She loved to cook and for many years, there was a standing Sunday meal at their house for the whole family. She loved time spent with family and friends.

For many years she attended Lebanon First Assembly.

She is survived by her children, Mark Steven Pressly of Lebanon; Ronald Eugene Pressly of Springfield; Debra Dee Gilmore and her husband Raymond of Strafford; Tamara Lynn Peters and her husband Stephen, Gina Marie Carvel, and Kimberly Kay Barnes and her husband Freeman, all of Lebanon; grandchildren, Andrew, Chad, Jacob, Jackie, Michelle, Kayla, Erik, Alese, Kristen and Kaitlin; several great-grandchildren; sisters, Sue Finch of Massachusetts; Janet Fogle of Illinois; Levita Gitschier of New Hampshire, and Linda Finch of Vermont; many other nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A Celebration of Life for Meridith Jean Pressly will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023, at Shadel’s Colonial Chapel with David Wyant officiating.

Burial will be in Mount Rose Memorial Park under the direction of Shadel’s Colonial Chapel of Lebanon.

A eulogy will given at 3 p.m. with visitation following at 5 p.m.

Memorials in memory of Meridith Pressly can be made to Tunnel to Towers Foundation. Donations can also be left at or mailed to Shadel’s Colonial Chapel, P.O. Box 948, Lebanon, Mo. 65536. Sign guest book at