Melva Miluck, 71, a free and determined spirit, passed away on Oct. 15, 2013. She was preceded in death by her parents, Marie Madelaine Kanski and Henry Schultz.
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Melva was a Bozeman native, graduating from BHS in 1960. Her adventures took her to San Francisco, New Orleans, Alaska and Idaho. She loved her many years of Rendezvous gatherings and was fascinated by Native American art, culture and spirituality. She was a lifelong learner, constantly seeking to expand her knowledge with new and creative ideas. She was blessed with great wit, laughter and joy.
For almost 50 years, Melva faced her monumental health challenges with grace and resolve. In discussing her obituary, Melva wanted to include words of encouragement for others facing the trials of Crohn's disease. Try everything, she said, never give up and be open to alternative approaches. It was her strong belief that this fighting spirit allowed her to thrive in the face of her disease and live a full and very rich life.
Melva had great faith and was not frightened in the face of her death. She believed that she was "going home" in peace and love. She prayed for peace to all who have crossed her path. She was very grateful to her friends and to the staff of Rocky Mountain Hospice who cared for her in the last year of her life and allowed her to die peacefully at home.
At Melva's request, no service will be held. She was a devoted mother to her beloved cat, Py, and requested that memorial donations be made to the Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter, or to
Melva was inspired by the Prayer of Saint Francis and asked that it be included in her final words.
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
Where there is hatred, let me sow love,
Where there is injury, pardon,
Where there is doubt, faith,
Where there is despair, hope,
Where there is darkness, light,
And where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
Grant that I many not so much seek
To be consoled as to console.
To be understood, as to understand.
To be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
It is in the pardoning that we are pardoned,
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Oct. 23, 2013