Jeanie Balentine, activities director at The Highlands, said that Meece — a former Avon salesperson and packer at the Sunshine Biscuit Company in Dayton, Ohio — stays active, participating in activities even when tired from her dialysis treatments.
“She’s just a real trooper,” said Balentine, of the wife of the late Thurman “T.E.” Meece. “She’s as sweet as the day is long.”
Balentine heard of Meece’s actions from other Highlands employees, who were taken aback when Meece told them she’d just given away her car. Balentine was curious and went to ask Meece about the story herself.
“She said she can’t believe I asked her that,” said Balentine, noting the irony of her next statement. “She thought it was selfless of me to ask her.”
Added Balentine, “It’s like one of those pay-it-forward things. The way that the world is right now, I feel that compassion that she had for a total stranger, just to give her someone because she didn’t have any use for it (is special).”
McCoy and her son went to visit Meece to say “thank you” a couple of weeks after getting the car. It was a pleasurable experience for both.
“I really enjoyed it,” said McCoy, who plans on continuing to visit Meece in the future. “We were there for two hours. We just had a great time. She’s such a sweet person, I just think the world of (Meece).”
The feeling was mutual.
“(The McCoys) were the sweetest, kindest, most appreciative people you’d ever want to be around,” said Meece.
“I don’t have the words for it,” she said when asked how it felt to know what had happened from her decision to give away her car. “It’s so emotional. I just know people have been so good to me, and above all, my Savior.”