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Melba Smith

02/07/1928 - 07/30/2017
Service Date: 08/05/2017
Service Time: 10:00 AM
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Udall Ward, 15 W. First Avenue, Mesa, Arizona

Melba Woolf Smith, 89, passed away, Saturday, July 29, 2017 at home in Queen Creek, Arizona.

She is survived by her 10 children:  Meletta, Preston, Maureen, Marie, Brad, Sarah, Mariann, Michelle, Perry, Albert Jr., 37 grandchildren, 59 great-grandchildren, and 19 great-great-grandchildren.

Melba started taking music lessons at an early age, which enabled her to become a selected pianist for functions at school and church.   She received a bachelors degree in piano, organ and business.  She is an ardent worker enjoying every minute of her work. She loved her time serving and working in the Mesa Temple for 20+ years.

Melba will readily tell you that the love of her life is the Lord, her family and serving others!  She is a joy to meet as she expresses her love of life in her concern for others.  Family and friends who have Melba Woolf Smith in their life are indeed fortunate!

A visitation will be held Friday, August 4, 2017, from 6-8 PM, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 15 W. First Avenue, Mesa, Arizona. Funeral services will be Saturday, August 5, 2017, at 10 AM, preceded by a visitation at 9 AM, at the same location. Interment will be at the City of Mesa Cemetery.


  • Jim Dolores Wethington

    Our thoughts are with your family prayers also 😇

  • Darlene Stradling & Family

    Sending our love and prayers for you Michelle and your family. Families
    Are Eternal ❤️

  • Todd and Jil Tomlinson

    Love and prayers for your family.
    What an amazing legacy she has left
    Behind for her family to follow.

  • Alma Dain and Alane Vorbeck

    Will be missed from The Dain Family

  • Bret and Lisa Anderson

    Thinking of you all at this difficult time. She was like a mother to me and I’m sure everyone who met her felt the same.loved her dearly .bless you all !! We Love you

  • Juel and Lola Guilott

    Brad, Sherry,
    May the sweet Spirt of the Lord be with you at this time of grieving.
    We did not know Melba and, apparently, that was our loss.

  • Marie, I am so sorry to heat of your mother’s passing. Know that I am thinking of you. I am sending love and prayers. Your mother lived a long life and reading her obituary, she did so much in her life. It is never easy. Love you and if need someone to talk, I am here for you. 🙏🏻

  • Thoughts and prayers are with your family. Love

  • Brad, Sherrie, and Family, we love you and we’re thinking of you. Prayers and hugs to you all.

  • HOWARD and Diane Fergus

    Our prayers and love to the family. She was a good woman who offered so much service and sacrifice, especially with her family and her music. Our love to the family and loved ones.

  • Roger and Mary Harshbarger

    Melba loved her Waite relatives and we loved her! We didn’t get to get acquainted with all of you kids, but we loved Michelle and the care she gave to our children! Such loving character traits I’m sure you all have as Melba’s children. Our love.

  • I cherish the time she played for our little church . Prayers, love and deepest sympathy. Love, Aunt Paula

  • Leo and Vickie Bunting

    We will always remember and cherish our vists with Aunt Melba and Uncle Paul. Aunt Melba was a wonderfuly kind person. She always had a way of making you feel special. Our love and prayers go out to the family.

  • Melba, you were a great support and companion for William Paul Smith in his retired years. Sorry I never had a chance to meet the rest of your family. You will be missed.

  • Fawn Grange Goodson

    I remember Melba from when I was little we used to go visit them when they live just outside of Blackfoot. My mother was Leila Longhurst Grange. My mother really loved her and enjoy keeping in contact with her over the years. I still have fond memories of visiting when I was really young. I remember her being beautiful. Thanks for being a memorable lady Melba

  • Cindi Waite Brooks

    Melba is my Step Mom she is so sweet. She always started the new year right for me by calling me and and telling me what all her children where doing. I love her.

  • Lynette Johnson Dickey

    Meletta, I just came across this obituary of your mother. I am sorry for your loss. She was such a wonderful person. I have such fond memories of her and of your family. I would love to hear how you are doing.

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