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Melba LaRue Longmore Nilsson

1934 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Melba LaRue Longmore Nilsson Obituary
Melba LaRue Longmore Nilsson, 83, passed away peacefully, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 of causes incident to age. She was born in Thomas, Idaho Nov. 1, 1934 to Lester and Estella Anderson Longmore, the third of eight children.
Melba was a lifelong resident of Blackfoot, Idaho, except for three of her childhood years spent in Salt Lake City. She attended school in Blackfoot and graduated from Blackfoot High School in 1953.
She married Donald Nilsson June 10, 1955 in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple.
Melba had a kind heart, serving others throughout her life was simply a part of her nature. She loved the Lord and served faithfully throughout her life  in the Relief Society, Young Women, and Primary Presidencies of the .
She also loved her callings, teaching children and serving in the library. She cherished her pioneer ancestry and attended the temple often.
Melba treasured the beauties of nature. She was often found nurturing buds in her flower beds. She had a beautiful soprano voice; she sang in many choirs and instilled a love of music in her posterity. 
She was an accomplished seamstress. Her children's and grandchildren's homes are filled with charming quilts made by grandma. Melba's greatest love and focus was her family. She exemplified motherhood in all that she did. 
Melba loved life. In the last three years she faced many severe health challenges, through them all she clung to life with a tenacity beyond compare.
Melba is survived by her husband, Donald Fay Nilsson; two daughters, Linda (Blaine) Allen of Farr West, Utah and Shauna (Brian) Stapleton of Lindon, Utah; two sons, Michael (Julia) Nilsson of Blackfoot and Brian (Gina) Nilsson of Chubbuck; and a son-in-law, J.D.Tolman of Blackfoot. Melba is also survived by three brothers Gary (LaRae) Longmore, Dean (Connie) Longmore, Ronald (Jeannie) Longmore; a sister, Carolyn (Don) Scott; brothers-in-law, John Fisher and Robert Parkinson; 22 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Mardene Gough, Vonda Fisher, and Diane Parkinson; a daughter, Debra Tolman; and two great-grandchildren, Jace and Brooke Whitehead.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 27 at the Blackfoot East Stake Center, 1289 Mt. Putnam Drive, Blackfoot.
The family will meet with friends and relatives from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26 at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 S. Shilling Avenue, Blackfoot and for one hour prior to the service at the Stake Center.
Concluding services will be held at the Riverside-Thomas Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.hawkerfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Morning News on Jan. 26, 2018
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