Lillian Elizabeth Melton

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Heritage Funeral & Cremation
508 North Government Way
Spokane, WA


Lillian was born June 19, 1921 and was raised on the family farm in Ritzville, WA. After grad-uation from Ritzville High School in 1940 she moved to Spokane where she worked her way through Kinman Business University as a housekeeper and nanny for a doctor and his family. She met and married Jack Melton in 1942. In 1944 their only child was born. They divorced ten years later. Her first job was with the Spokane and Eastern Bank as a teller. Over the years she worked for the accounting firms of LeMaster and Daniels, also Fortune and Kitzke. She worked as a bookkeeper for Peerless Sunpuft, Alaska Steel, the District Council of Carpenters, and finally retiring as office manager for the Painters District Council. She survived two serious bouts with cancer in 1960 and 1981 and several other life-threatening health conditions. She was a lifetime member of the Alpha Tau Sorority and the Ladies of the Moose. She loved to travel. She had been to Hawaii many times, to Jamaica, Washington D.C., New York, London, Paris, Reno and Las Vegas. She also made yearly trips to southern California to visit her daughter and her family. Lillian loved "antiquing", the colors blue, hot pink, and turquoise. She liked to stay up late to watch movies on cable TV. She enjoyed reading magazines and novels, especially medical stories. She played bridge, canasta, yatzee, scrabble, any board game or puzzle. She liked doing crossword puzzles and always looked forward to the "Big Puzzle" in the Spokesman-Review. She loved gardening and "digging in the dirt". She found it relaxing. Lillian always had a lovely yard with flowers and roses. Every year she grew a garden with tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchinis, green beans, strawberries, and raspberries. She was a delicious cook. She loved babies. Anybody's baby. If she saw a baby she had to hold it. Her grandchildren loved spending time with her because she was "fun and funny". She loved a good joke and had a wonderful loud and unique laugh that you could recognize instantly and would never forget. But most of all she loved her family and friends. She leaves behind her only child Sherri (Sharon Lee Melton) Hyams and her husband Bud (Eugene F.) Hyams; two grandsons, Cary Michael Hyams and his son Liam Bleu Hyams; Troy Mitchell Hyams and his daughter Christina Ashley Hyams and son Mitchell David Hyams, of Spokane; granddaughter Amy Jene' (Hyams) Darrow and her husband Brett Michael Darrow, their three daughters Madeline Michael-Francis Darrow, Estella Louise Darrow, and Eva Elliott Darrow, of West Linn, OR; two step-granddaughters, Gail and her husband Spike Burlingame, of Westlake Village, CA and her children Ramsey Webb, Natalie Webb and her son Ethan; Elizabeth Hyams, her two daughters Tiffany DeViney and children Cody and Kylie of Spokane; Nicole Deviney and her four children of Texas; cousin and lifetime best friend Vinie (Haffner) Smith of California; niece Valerie Maier of Ritzville, nephew Steven Maier and family of the Tri-Cities; niece Theresa Bush and daughter Amber, and nephew Harry Lee Maier of Spokane. She was preceded in death by her father Jacob Maier, mother Elizabeth (Roth) Maier, brothers Reuben, Virgil, Harry, baby Eugene, unnamed newborn baby boy, and her only sister Evelyn (Maier) Allison; her ex-husband Jack Melton, sister-in-law Gloria (Girnus) Maier, niece Linda (Maier) Thomason, and her dear friends for many years Lovetta and Len Miotke, Barbara and John Toomey, Claris Cardinal, and Carol (Stansbury) McCabe. A special thank you to Steve Andrews who owns Arbor Rose Adult Family Home, and manager Taven Beaumont, who lovingly cared for Lillian with the help of others for the past ten years. She was loved and will be missed forever!
A graveside service will be held at Fairmount Memorial Park, 5200 W. Wellesley Ave on Monday, March 14, 2011 at 2 pm.


Published in Spokesman-Review from Mar. 13 to Mar. 14, 2011
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