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Melinda Kay Wilson

May 23, 1961 - March 24, 2020

Melinda Kay WilsonMelinda was born May 23rd, 1961 to Stanley and Gloria Groom in Salem, Oregon. She was their only girl out of their family of nine. Her brothers: Warren passed in 2012, Bill, Byron, Mike, Gary and Joe Groom. She was also predeceased by her half brother Stanley Groom and half sister Barbra Groom. Melinda graduated from McNary High School.

She retired from Salem Hospital after 41 years. Starting as a Candy Striper and ending her career as a Unit Clerk and Telemetry Tech. Her passion was caring for people.

She enjoyed collecting rocks, crafting, camping, anything green, and being around her family. She will be remembered for being a wonderful Gram to her granddaughter, for being the life of the party, cooking enough to feed an army, and her willingness to help anyone in need. Melinda is survived by her son Adam Wilson, daughter Lydia Wilson, and granddaughter Gwyneth. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church of Salem. 

Surrounded by family at home on March 24th, 2020, Melinda took her final breath. She had been battling pancreatic cancer. Melinda is now at peace, pain free and watching over us. She will always remain in her loved ones' hearts and in our daily lives through memories.  

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Miss and love you... throw a dart at my dad in heaven lol

My heart is with you,with love always.

what a great lady.

there are so many memories I have that will always put a smile on my face because of you <3 RIP 

My favorite memories of Melinda are floating the river, she was always down! Every time we’d stop on the bank though, it was like watching Adam wrestle w/an alligator waiting for Melinda to find that last perfect rock to add to the 10 she’d already fell in love with before she was ready to go again I will miss her sweet hugs & the loving, caring friend she was to me. 

Melinda, I could never put into words just how much you mean to me. I love you and my life and the memories I have throughout the years are better because you were there in my life. I will cherish those memories and hold the close to my heart until we meet again.

She had an obsession with rocks. She could always make me laugh, without even trying. She loved spending time with her granddaughter and loved to go floating on the river with friends and family. Her bestie Cher and her reminded me of Laurel and Hardy. A wonderful comic duo for me! There was always laughter and noise in her house and you felt welcome the moment you stepped inside. You will be missed ..

Mellinda was a sweet little cousin from the time she was a toddler.   May she know true healing, rest and peace, "face to face" with her Savior. 
Bob & Cle Callihan
Potlatch, Idaho  

Lord I Pray she forgave me as I forgave her. I love you. Rest in peace.