She was born October 25, 1935 in Canton, to Sheldon and Ruth (Ashby) Lingenfelter. Melba was married to Larry Smith from 1952 until 1991. She then married Lew Wages in 1994. They both preceded her in death.
She was also preceded in death by one son, Terry Smith. Surviving are two sons, Samuel “Sammy” (Christy) Smith of Breeds and William “Billy” (Mary Pat) Smith of Lake of the Ozarks, MO; five grandchildren, Boone (Kate) Smith, Terry (Annie) Smith, Cassie (Brent) Nelson, Tyson (Shawna) Smith, and Kelly (Lucas) Creasy; twelve great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; one brother, Sam Lingenfelter of Canton; three sisters, Alma Courtney and Wilma Courtney both of Breeds and Donna VanMiddlesworth of Lewistown; and two special nieces, Pam Courtney and Mary Widger.
Melba was also preceded in death by her parents; two sister, Bernice Johnson and Juanita Crosetto and two brothers, Gene Lingenfelter and Virgil Lingenfelter.
Melba worked at Graham Hospital for over 30 years, last as an Administrative Assistant.
She loved to gamble and travel to the Ozarks. Melba loved her family dearly.
Services will be Sunday, July 14th at 2:00 pm at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with visitation on Saturday, July 13th from 4 to 6 pm. Rev. Kevin VanTine will officiate.
Cremation will follow the services.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
To view Melba’s memorial tribute of submit online condolences, you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com
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