Melba Evelyn Gilliland

9 April, 19488 May, 2022
Obituary of Melba Evelyn Gilliland
For those who do not know me, my name is Moira. My husband is Doug Mickey, one of Melba's older brothers. I have been Melba's sister-in-law for 52 years, but really, we were sisters-in-love. When we met all those years ago, I was immediately taken by Melba's beauty, both inside and out. Melba was born April 9, 1948, to Gordon and Dorothy Mickey and was the third of five children. She is survived by her husband Larry, daughters Jenny and husband Steve, Kimberly and husband Robyn, as well as by two granddaughters, Emily and husband William, and Julianna and husband Levi, and two precious great granddaughters, Isla and Addie. Melba is also survived by her sister Betty Weborg and three brothers, Russ, Doug and Jack. Melba grew up in a house on Schoolhouse Road in Coquitlam; a house that her dad built. As a young girl and then as a teenager, she attended Calvary Baptist Church and the Young Peoples Group there - this is where she found her love for the Lord. Melba travelled with the Cavalairs Quartet - a Gospel group that Larry was part of and met many lifelong friends. The two loves of Melba's life were her family and her relationship with the Lord. Melba and Larry lived in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Maple Ridge, Forest Grove, Quesnel, and Abbotsford. Larry, Melba, Doug and I travelled together. The first time, Melba decided that we should go to Mexico, so I met her, and we got the trip organized. This trip was a surprise for Larry - when he opened the envelope, he saw an ad for a weeklong fishing trip. I think he was a little disappointed when he had to turn the paper over and found out he was going to Mexico. We had a great time in Mexico; the first of many trips together. Melba loved fishing, camping, travel, crocheting, knitting and jigsaw puzzles. I cannot even begin to total the hours we spent over the years with a cup of coffee and a puzzle. Over the past couple of years, Melba crocheted blankets for her family - something to be held precious for years to come. Melba had many health issues over the years, and she faced each with a smile, determination, and her faith. Our kids used to call her the "Eveready Bunny," she just kept bouncing back. Sister Betty was here last month for a two-week visit - lots of remembering and laughter and cherished time together. The last battle was a hard fought one. The weeks before she passed were a gift to the whole family; she got to visit everyone and give us treasured memories. She even gloated just a bit when she beat Russ at Crib. When Melba was in hospice care, she spread her love for the Lord and her Testimony with everyone who came into her room. She was ready to go, just waiting for the Lord to call her to her forever home. She now is at peace and no longer in pain. I will miss my dear sister, as I am sure each of you here will too. Melba set the bar high for those of us to follow. Her shining love for family, and her sense of love and laughter shone brightly. Those she left behind have a target to shoot for, and every time we aim for it, we will remember her. To her girls...Jenny and Kim, Emily and Julianna, and Isla and Addie....remember that wherever you are and whatever you do, Nanny will always be close to you, and help you further her legacy. Melba has gone on but will always be an important part of each of us. Rest in peace and enjoy your new home. You have earned it.

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