May 8, 1965 – June 5, 2022
On June 5th Melinda’s pain and suffering came to an end as she passed away peacefully at NRGH after a brave battle with cancer surrounded by her family. She is predeceased by her Mom (Elli) and brother (Larry). Melinda was the core of her family and will be dearly missed by Kyle, Kirsten (Charlie), Kameron, and her beloved twin sister Melody. Melinda became a grandmother to Theodore who brought her so much happiness for the last 3 years. Melinda came from a large family and her loss has left a huge void for her siblings, Linda, Audrey (Mel), Alvin (Vikki), Melody, and her many nieces and nephews.
Melinda lived in Nanaimo all of her 57 years. Born at NRGH, she was the eldest of the twins by 18 minutes. From the time she was born she and Melody were inseparable. They lived a happy life on Kennedy St with her siblings and Mom. She met Kyle when she was 18 and married in 1989. She made sure they purchased a home before they were married and lived there happily until she could no longer. She created a warm and loving home where she and Kyle brought home their two children whom she loved more than anything. She made sure she stayed close to her extended family and hosted countless celebrations at their home. One thing everyone knew about Melinda is, you would not leave her house hungry.
Melinda was a fiercely dedicated and loyal employee and friend. She gave to all of those around her before she took for herself. She worked at Turley’s Florist until the last week of her life. It was her happy place and gave her so much joy. She will be missed by all of the Turley’s Florist community and customers.
The family has set up a memorial fund to honor Melinda’s life.
Donations can be made to the Nanaimo Hospital Foundation in Melinda’s memory to be directed to the Nanaimo cancer clinic expansion.