Tarrance Rae Mianji

September 19, 1943June 30, 2014
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Tarrance Rae Mianji September 19, 1943 - June 30, 2014

Tarrance Mianji passed away June 30, 2014, at the Eagle Ridge of Grand Valley Care Center. She was 70. Tarry was born on September 19, 1943, in Minneapolis, Minnesota from the union of Frank and Dorothy Vessels. She spent her childhood in Grand Junction and graduated from Central High School. She attended Mesa State University and later the University of Maine where she obtained her Associates Degree in Information and Library Services. Tarry was a Saleswoman for the majority of her life working in real estate and phone sales. She married Ciamak Mianji in Oceanside, California and they later divorced. She previously lived in Boca Raton, FL, Oceanside CA, Foothill Ranch, CA, and moved to Grand Junction, CO two years ago. She was a member of the Cribbage Club and enjoyed sewing, knitting, crocheting and traveling. She enjoyed expanding her knowledge of the world by attending classes in Stained Glass, Tai Chi, Taiko Drumming class and obtained her pilot's license and her house moving license. Friends and family will remember her saying "When the going gets tough, the tough get going". Tarry was a strong woman and did her best to pass that trait to her daughters. Tarry leaves behind two daughters, Melanie Wilkinson of Washington, Pennsylvania, and Molly (Tony) Albino of Fort Lauderdale, FL; brother; Joe (Barbara) Vessels of Grand Junction, CO; sister, Lydia (Bob) Herron of Fruita, CO; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren to cherish her memory. She was preceded in death by siblings, Thomas Charles Vessels and Katherine Ann Vessels and her daughter, Cynthia Luraschi. A graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, July 3, 2014, at Orchard Mesa Cemetery and a memorial service at 6:00 p.m., Sunday, July 6, 2014, at the Community Building, 2601 Belford Avenue, Grand Junction, CO 81501. Friends and family may leave their condolences in the guestbook at


  • Graveside Service Thursday, July 3, 2014
  • Memorial Service Sunday, July 6, 2014

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Teresa Creech

July 6, 2014

Melanie, and family. The only peace we can truly have at this time, is the peace that Jesus gives. He walks us through every storm. Know that you are loved, and I will keep you in my thoughts, and prayers.

Flint & Tracey

July 5, 2014

Tarry will be missed by many & may good memories of her bring smiles and be cherished. We wish her family peace and strength during this difficult time.

July 3, 2014

Melanie, I'm so sorry for the loss of your mother. My deepest sympathy goes out to your and your family. God bless, Nikki Vogler

Joseph W Smith Jr

July 3, 2014

Melanie - I am so very sorry for your loss. I know that you have many wonderful memories with your Mom and I am sure they will always make you smile. You comforted her in the time when she needed it most. You are a wonderful daughter and I am sure she is smiling down on you and is grateful to have had you as hers. I will remember you and your family in my prayers.

July 2, 2014

Melanie, I wish you comfort in this difficult time regarding your dear mother. Mother's are so special and leave many fine remembrances through our life's. We're all thinking about you and will be in our prayers.
Bill Jurbala

July 2, 2014

Melanie, Words often fail us at times like these when we want to comfort a dear friend. My heart hurts for you and your family. Please know that I am here if you need anything. My prayers are with you. In deepest sympathy, Carol Eyerman

Randy Marshall

July 2, 2014

Melanie, I'm very sorry for the loss of your mom. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this tough time.