Meaders’ former wife Ansley Meaders served two terms as Marietta’s mayor. Her bid to become the longest serving mayor in the city’s history ended with her re-election defeat in 2001.
She was cooking supper at her Marietta house about 7 p.m. on May 4, 2005, when she suffered a heart attack. She, too, was rushed to Kennestone and died there. She was 59.
A story in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on her death read: “She went to Marietta High School, then attended the University of Georgia for a while. She returned home to earn a different type of degree, which she playfully called a "PHT" — putting her husband through college.”