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“Thelma Melby family, So sorry about the passing of your Mom. My deepest symphay, from my brother's Fred and Sam Anderson and myself and our ...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Hazel Anderson Beighley - WI

“Dear John, Family, & other sibling's, I am so sorry for the loss of your mom. She was a dear lady. Please accept my sympathy. Marge Wallace ”
2 of 7 | Posted by: Marge Wallace

“Hi Sonja, Kerry, Johnny, Sharon and all. I'm sorry, but unfortunately I really don't know the others. I just want to say how sorry I am for your...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Chuck Shannon - Canon City, CO

“Sorry for your loss of your mother. I will think about you although I cannot be with you since it is my dad's funeral day too. Love and prayers to...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Lisa Farness - Muscoda, WI

“The Melby Family, Sending warm sympathy in the loss of your Dear Mother. Enjoyed seeing the family pictures and the good memories you can share ,...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Charleen Studnicka - Blue River, WI

“Our heartfelt sympathies go out to Thelma's family. She will be remembered for always in memories made. ”
6 of 7 | Posted by: Robin Daughenbaugh - WI

“Thinking of you, and remembering all the time spent on Chicken Ridge at your place..thanks for great memories...Deepest sympathy to all the family ”
7 of 7 | Posted by: Julie Bethke - Richland Center, WI

Thelma L. Melby, age 92, of Richland Center died Sunday, April 14, 2013 at Pine Valley Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center. She was born March 12, 1921 in rural Boaz, WI, the daughter of Clarence & Louella (Busby) Shannon. Thelma married Grant Melby on February 16, 1938 and later married Ralph Drake on May 4, 2005. Thelma enjoyed for many years working in the Richland Center School District baking for the children and driving school bus.

Survivors include her six children, Sonja Palmer of Mesa, AZ, Kerry (Sheila) Melby of Richland Center, John (Edwina) Melby of Muscoda, Sharon (Terry) Tanner of Muscoda, Sondra (Nick) Enos of Prescott, AZ, Michael (Linda) Melby of Tucson, AZ, 17 grandchildren, several great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; a sister Leona Scott of Beloit, WI, many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands Grant Melby and Ralph Drake, 2 grandchildren Michael Melby and Mitchell Miller, a brother George Shannon, 2 infant brothers and an infant sister.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 11:00 AM at the Clary Memorial Funeral Home in Richland Center with Pastor Craig Peach officiating. Burial will be held in the Basswood Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 9:00 AM until the time of services. On line condolences can be made at