Melva Gladys Tyler Baldauff, 99, of Scranton, died Saturday at Dunmore Health Care Center. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold "Red" Baldauff, in February 1963.
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Melva worked at Mercy Hospital in Scranton as a nurse for 40 years, retiring at age 70. Previously, she worked at the Hahnemann Hospital, Moses Taylor Hospital and Scranton State General Hospital. She received her nurses training at Franklin School of Nursing in Newark, N.J. She was also a licensed X-ray technician and worked during the war years at the Newark City Hospital.
Born in Damascus, Pa., on Dec. 27, 1914, she attended Carbondale High School, where she excelled as a forward on the basketball team. She trained at Scranton State General Hospital and also at Newark City Hospital.
She is survived by a sister, Norma Gillow, Peckville; sons, Vandy Robert Williams and wife, Marlene, Berlin, Mass.; Harold and wife, Martha, Shelbyville, Tenn.; Willard "Bill" and wife, Shirley, Moosic; and Kenneth and wife, Nancy, Indianapolis; a daughter, Marion Jester and husband, Lloyd, Pleasant Prarie, Wis.; 18 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Vandy and Arubtus Woods Tyler; brothers, John, Duane and Clarence; a sister, Emma Festa; and a son, John Baldauff.
The family would like to thank the entire staff at Dunmore Health Care and Rehabilitation Center for the outstanding love and care for Melva over these past years. The staff was very understanding and considerate of her needs at all times.
A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are being handled by the Jacob Davis Funeral Home, South Main Street, Taylor. At her request, there will be no viewing.
Published in Scranton Times from Feb. 18 to Feb. 19, 2014