Sylvia Virginia Melby, 88, formerly of Erie, died Saturday, November 21, 2020 at Mercy Hospital, Iowa City, Iowa.
Due to the current restrictions, Private Family Graveside Services will be held in the Erie Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Erie Public Library, 802 8th Ave, Erie. Gibson – Bode Funeral Home in Erie is in care of the arrangements.
Sylvia was born November 22, 1931 in Galena, IL, the daughter of Walter and Hazel (Bristol) Woolledge. She married Algernon Melby on October 10, 1951. He preceded her in death on June 8, 2008. She worked for Shaheen’s Grocery in the Meat Department for many years. She enjoyed flower gardening, family genealogy, crafts, and reading, but most of all, spending time with her family.
Sylvia is survived by her son, Jefferson (Constance) Melby, Moline; daughters, Karla Houzenga, Chadwick, IL, Michele (Phillip) Dingeldein, Rock Island, Nicola (Timothy) Cone, Galva, IL; 12 grandchildren, Luke (Shawna) Houzenga, Jake (Kiann) Houzenga, Sara (Mark) Meyers, Clayton Wilkins, Caitlin Wilkins (Drake DeRegules), Brianna Melton (Nick Plunkett), Trevor Melton, Taylor (Anna) Dingeldein, Brady (Abbie) Dingeldein, Molly Danay (Ryan White), Hilary (Evan) Nelson, Sarah (Chris) Jacobi; and 19 great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and a half-brother, Erle Woolledge.
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