Hurricane Katrina

Patricia Meeks, 60, Waveland

Patricia Meeks moved here from Chicago to be near the water. She loved to fish, and walk her dog along the beach.

She lived on Whispering Pines Drive, just three houses from the beach.

"She loved the water. That's why she was here," said Susan Heine, one of Meeks' three daughters.

Besides her dog, Meeks' had a potbelly pig that was too big to load into a car and evacuate. And, despite the pleas of her daughters, Meeks stayed behind while her family took shelter at Stennis Space Center.

Meeks died on Aug. 29. She was 60.

Heine said "Granny Pat" adored her eight grandchildren. That love, and her full-time job at the Pass Christian Wal-Mart, didn't use up enough time to overcome her addiction.

"She loved to shop, and she had a big heart, which helped escalate her shopping problem," she said. "The Home Shopping Network is really going to miss her."

Her family says Meeks was a warm, gentle woman, who was easy to talk to.

Heine said Waveland was her mother's home, and she wouldn't have picked any other place to live.

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