Velma Leishman Melendy, 90, was called home on January 31, 2014. Velma lived in Juneau with her husband, Willard (Bill) Leishman, from 1967 to 1986, and worked for the State of Alaska, Health & Social before retiring in 1988. She was preceded in death by three beloved husbands, Willard (Bill) Leishman; Roy Leishman; and Walter Melendy, and one son, Donald David Leishman. She is survived by two other children, Peggy Joanne (Chaplin) and Steven LeRoy Leishman; three grandchildren (Penny Pearson, Jason & John Leishman), five great-grandchildren (Darien Pearson, Tamara Lee, Johnny Lee, Tye, Cameron, and Max Leishman) and two great-great grandchildren (Ruby Verona and Eben Jack Pearson). Velma returned to Juneau to live with her daughter after Walter Melendy's death in 2010. Velma was well known for her kindness and faith. Always dedicated to her family and her church, she enjoyed cooking and baking (making famous pies at one point at the Juneau Federal building cafeteria) and creating many handcrafts such as sewing, crocheting and ceramics. Velma sang in the choir at Juneau Christian Center and always looked forward to the annual "Singing Christmas Tree" concert and celebration. Year after year she provided clear, sweet soprano solos during those performances. She loved playing card and dominoe games with anyone she could entice to play. Delighting in her strategies that usually left her competition far behind! Velma truly loved Juneau, the people and her church here. Services were held Thursday February 6, 2014, at the Juneau Christian Center in Juneau, AK 99801. Remembrances can be made online through http://www.legacyalaska.com/obituaries/Velma-Melendy/ .
Published in The Juneau Empire on Feb. 19, 2014