Migiziikwe, Melanie Lou Sam, 60-year-old resident of Isle, MN passed away on November 9, 2021. Visitation will begin at 7 PM on Friday, November 12, 2021, at the District 1 Community Center on the Mille Lacs Reservation. A Funeral Ceremony will be held at 10 AM on Saturday, November 13, 2021, at the District 1 Community Center on the Mille Lacs Reservation with Ombishkebines officiating. Interment will be in the Bedausky Family Burial Grounds.
Migiziikwe, Melanie Lou Sam, born on September 17th, 1961, in Onamia, MN to Harold Bedausky and Susan Benjamin. She attended South High School in Minneapolis. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, Amelio, Derek, Brooklynn, Nevaeh, Rihanna, Carlos Jr., Brayden, Lay'liana, Bionca, Daniel and Joe. She had a special place in her heart for her grandsons, Landon and Blake who she had raised as her own. She also enjoyed going for rides, going out to eat, shooting pool, watching movies, socializing with relatives, and taking care of her grandsons, Landon and Blake. Most of her dedicated work history was with Grand Casino Mille Lacs from the very beginning as a 21 dealer/full-time floor, which she enjoyed until she retired.
Melanie is survived by her five children, sons, Corey Sam, Cody Sam; daughters, Wendy Merrill (Carlos Merrill) Julia Sam and Susan Hendrix; she also had brothers, and many, many sisters. As well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by the love and her best friend, Jefferey Sam; parents, Susan Benjamin and Harold Bedausky.
Shelley Funeral Chapel of Onamia
Published by Mille Lacs Messenger from Nov. 13 to Nov. 27, 2021.