Melba Irene Armstrong
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ANCHORAGE, AK: Melba Armstrong (Graham), 83, of Anchorage died peacefully at her home on February 11, 2014 surrounded by her loving family and friends. Melba fought a graceful and courageous battle with dementia for nearly 10 years.
Melba was born June 3, 1930 in Marion, Ohio to Robert and Lola Graham. She was raised in Shelby, Ohio where she graduated high school. Melba married the love of her life Jack E. Armstrong on February 15, 1953. They had three children. She attended and worked for the First Christian Church. She worked for the "Tubey" and Hahn Const. in Shelby.
In 1966, Jack and Melba moved their family to Anchorage. Melba spent her career working for the Greater Anchorage Area Borough and the Municipality of Anchorage in the Property Appraisal Dept. where she retired in 1985. She volunteered at the Anchorage Senior Center years later.
Melba was a loving and caring wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and friend to many. Everyone was always welcome at Melba's home for a cup of coffee or glass of wine and good conversation. She learned from an early age how to prepare a holiday feast and entertained and cooked for family and friends through the years. She was very involved in her family's activities and loved celebrating holidays which made her happy. Melba enjoyed family time fishing on the Kenai River, was a voracious reader and enjoyed needlepoint, quilting, knitting and all kinds of crafts. She loved spoiling her grandkids and made the best sugar cookies.
Melba is survived by her sons, Robert and wife Chris of Michigan, Kevin (Chug) and wife Diane of Anchorage; her daughter Charyl and husband Greg Thompson of Nevada; grandchildren, David, Meagan, Matthew, Aaron, Ryan, Anthony, Jack, and Cory and her great grandchildren Isaiah and Elliott; also surviving her are sisters Pamela Weaver and Roberta Payne of Shelby; and special friend Tom Alberter.
Melba was preceded in death by her loving husband Jack; and her sisters Sandra Nicholson and Kyle Utz.
In lieu of flowers, her family requests donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Resource of Alaska.
Melba's family would like to thank the staff of Marlow Manor, Hospice of Anchorage, Providence Hospice, Dr. Todd Green and staff at CareNet for the wonderful care and love they provided Melba for many years.
Melba's ashes will be interned at Angelus Park Columbarium with Jack. A Celebration of Melba's life will be held Sunday February 23rd 4-7pm at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.
Arrangements were entrusted to Alaskan Heritage Memorial Chapel and Crematory.
Visit online memorial at www.legacy.com.
Published in the News Journal on Feb. 18, 2014