Melva Lorraine (Fleming) Marney (February 2, 1924 — April 28, 2017)
Melva Lorraine (Fleming) Marney passed away April 28, 2017. Melva was born on February 2, 1924, in Topeka, Kansas, to Frank Monroe Fleming and Anne Elizabeth (Ausherman) Fleming. She was the fourth of five children. She married the love of her life, Gifford David Marney, on May 19, 1942, in Topeka, Kansas. They lived in St. Louis, Missouri, where she worked while Gifford was in the Army. Then they moved to Charleston, Missouri, before moving to Kansas. In 1957 they moved with their five children to Glenwood Springs. Melva remained at home to care for their children while Gifford worked. In 1966 they built a new home south of Glenwood and opened the Sopris View Shoe Repair, which they ran together. Melva remained in their home after Gifford’s passing in 1974 until her move to New Castle in 1992. Her hobbies were babysitting many of her grandchildren, gardening, fishing, traveling, cooking and doing dishes. She was known as the “Chocolate Lady.” Anyone who came to her door always had to have a chocolate kiss before they left. She considered us all her children, and she was the best mother-in-law in the world. Melva was a member of the Eastern Star Erica Chapter 69.
Melva is preceded in death by her loving husband, Gifford, parents, three sisters, one brother, her son Gregory Marney and grandson, Conrad Ryden. She is survived by daughters, Angela (Charles) Ryden, Silt, Pamela (Larry) Sweeney, Rifle, sons, Dwight (Susie) Marney, Grand Junction, and Steven (Tammy) Marney, New Castle, fourteen grandchildren, twenty great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, and one on the way; and many, nieces, nephews and friends.
A Funeral Service will be held Friday, May 12, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at the Rifle United Methodist Presbyterian Church. Burial at Rosebud Cemetery in Glenwood Springs will follow after the reception.
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