Melva LaRee Nielson Johnson, 81, of Idaho Falls, passed away Monday, June 30, 2014, at Lily and Syringa Assisted Living. She was under the care of her family and Hands of Hope.
Melva was born June 11, 1933, in Goshen, Idaho, the tenth of 11 children born to Oliver and Astrid Johannson Nielson. She attended school in Goshen, graduating from Firth High School in 1951.
She married Bill M. Johnson on Sept. 25, 1958, in Shelley, and together they lived all their years in Idaho Falls. Melva was a longtime employee of Chesbro Music Company, where she worked for 30 years. Prior to her employment at Chesbro Music Company, she worked for General Electric at the Idaho National Lab.
Music was always an important part of Melva's life, whether it be playing in her father's band during her teenage years or playing the piano at home. She also loved to camp and fish with her family and in more recent years, enjoyed traveling and spending the winters in Bullhead City, Ariz.
Melva is survived by her husband, Bill Johnson; her two daughters, Pam L. Johnson of Annapolis, Md., and Peg M. Johnson of Seattle; her three grandchildren, Derek L. (Shannon) Copeland of Dover, Del., Krissy L. Copeland of Jackson Hole, Wyo., and Lindsey M. (Jay) Miller of Jacksonville, Fla.; brothers, Carlos (Donna) Nielson of Shelley and Marvin (Norma) Nielson of St. George, Utah; sister, Nancy Nielson of Idaho Falls; as well as two great-granddaughters, Madison and Tori Copeland of Dover, Del.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Laverne, Carl and Dennis Nielson; and sisters, Edla Schnell, Veniece Hess, Naomi Larson and Marilyn Hanson.
Graveside services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, July 5, at Goshen Cemetery. The family will visit with friends from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at Wood Funeral Home, 273 N. Ridge Ave. in Idaho Falls.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the
, Attn: Donor Services, 6126 W. State St., Suite 305, Boise, ID 83703.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.woodfuneralhome.com.