Republican activist Mindy Meiklejohn dies

Longtime Republican activist Mindy Meiklejohn died peacefully on June 30 at Exempla Lutheran Hospice at Collier Hospice Center. She was 80.

Mindy Meiklejohn with Abe.

Meiklejohn had a long and distinguished history of political successes starting as Organizational Director for the Colorado Republican Party from 1981 to 1985. She became a member of the Republican Central Committee in 1987. She was a campaign director and manager for numerous congressional, senate and gubernatorial campaigns, and served as the vice-chairman of the Jefferson County (1977-1981) and Colorado (1981-1985) Republican Parties.

Her daughter Pamela said, “I was amazed how many people she touched in her life. She did it quietly in the background as we grew up. No glory or recognition. I do not know how she did it all.”

Meiklejohn was appointed to numerous positions throughout her career including: chair of the Republican National Pilot Project on Volunteerism, member of the Advisory Council of U.S. Peace Corps (Appointed by President Ronald Reagan), chair of Jefferson County United Way Fund Drive, board member of the National Federation of Republican Women, state chair of Citizens For America, president of Operation Shelter, Inc., member of the Board of Directors of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District, member of the Jefferson County Chapter American Cancer Society, member of the Board of Trustees of the Harry S Truman Scholarship Foundation (Appointed by President George H. W. Bush), and most recently, chair of the Board of Directors of The Butterfly Pavilion.

Meiklejohn was born to Edward H. and Erna E. Mindrup in Staunton, Ill., on June 9, 1929. She married Alvin J. Meiklejohn Jr. on April 25, 1953, who survives her. Together they raised four children, Pamela Kelsall, Shelley Dressler, Bruce and Scott. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren.

Services were held July 6 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Wheat Ridge. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to The American Cancer Society, The Butterfly Pavilion, Wings Over the Rockies Museum or the Al & Mindy Meiklejohn Endowed Scholarship at Red Rocks Community College Foundation.