On Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009, Melanie Dilts, our beloved mother, daughter, sister and friend passed away after a long and valiant struggle with cancer.
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Melanie was born Jan. 8, 1951, in Harvey, Ill., to Orville Lawrence Dilts and Josephine (Rodenburg) Dilts. She was raised and educated in the Chicago area and attended Montana State University, where she studied zoology and biochemistry, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree.
Melanie was familiar to many in our community from her many years working at Gibson's department store, UBC, Bozeman Brick and at the airport as an officer with TSA. She will be remembered for her quick wit, ready laughter and contagious smile.
She enjoyed many pastimes and hobbies, including sewing, cooking, singing and performing. Melanie was an accomplished seamstress, often sewing elaborate performance costumes for herself and friends as part of her involvement with the Sweet Adelines singing group in which she participated for many years.
Often she would provide meals, treats and desserts for friends and co-workers at her places of employment, even going so far as to provide a delicious Thanksgiving dinner for her fellow officers at the airport when they had to work through the holiday. Her culinary talents, however, were unequalled when it came to pies and cheesecakes.
Adding to the warmth and love of Melanie's life were her beloved "kitties" and "puppy" of which she spoke often and most lovingly.
Melanie is preceded in death by her father, Orville.
She is survived by her children, J. Mundt of Mattison, Ill., Elizabeth Mundt of Seattle, and Kevin Mundt of Bozeman; her mother, Josephine of Chicago; a sister, Ruth Collins of Pennsylvania; brother, David Dilts of Michigan; and many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.
We will miss Melanie, but our lives were blessed by having known her.
A celebration of Melanie's life will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, at Dahl Funeral Chapel.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.dahlcares.com.
Dahl Funeral Chapel
300 Highland Boulevard
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Nov. 12, 2009