Melinda Ruth Queen, 63, of North Pole, passed away after a courageous battle with cancer on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at home surrounded by her family and friends. She was the beloved wife of Rick Queen.
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Melinda was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on June 9, 1949, and grew up in Kailua, Hawaii. She was the daughter of Col. Joseph and Bess (Scovern) Montgomery
Melinda graduated from Kailua High School in 1967 where she met and fell in love with a young man from Alaska whose family had temporarily moved to Oahu. They were married in 1969 and returned to Alaska in 1970. Melinda and her husband, Rick, eventually settled in the North Pole area where they raised their family.
Melinda loved being outside, whether it was working in her yard or spending time driving Alaska's highways looking for wildlife with Rick, who was always by her side. Upon successfully raising her children, Melinda went to work with the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District where she made many close friends. She retired in May 2012 due to her illness.
Melinda kept a close eye on her growing family; all of her children and grandchildren live close by, never wanting to get too far from their beloved Mom.
Along with her husband, Rick, Melinda is survived by daughter, Jeanne Perkins, and her husband, Scott; son, Rick Queen Jr.; son, Corey Queen, and his wife, Deborah, and son, Travis Queen, and his fiancée, Julie Larweth; grandchildren, Kyle, Shelby and Jack Perkins, Morrow Duszynski, and Oscar and Owen Queen; sister, Jane Mary Tenhover, and her husband, Dave; sister, Monica Montgomery, and her wife, Donna Gedge; brother, Joe Montgomery, and his wife, Alice; brother, Michael Montgomery, and his wife, Robin; nephews, Carter and Wade Jones, and Evan and Tyler Montgomery, and niece, Monica Tenhover.
Melinda was preceded in death by parents, Col. Joseph and Bess Montgomery; and sister, Polly Montgomery.
Melinda was an incredible wife, mother, and grandmother who loved spending time with her family and friends. She will be dearly missed by all who were lucky enough to know her.
The family would like to thank the doctors, surgeons, radiologists, nurses, and technicians of Alaska Regional Hospital, Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, and the J. Michael Carroll Cancer Treatment Center for their unwavering dedication to her fight.
At Melinda's request there will be no public service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the J. Michael Carroll Cancer Treatment Center, 1650 Cowles Street, Fairbanks, Alaska, 99701.
Published in Daily News-Miner on Dec. 9, 2012