Melva (Seals) Allender, 94, of Marseilles, Illinois passed away on Wednesday, December 22, 2021 in her home surrounded by loved ones. She fought a courageous battle.
She was born on June 30, 1927 in Ottawa, she was the daughter of Coin Byron (CB) and Mildred (Crank) Seals, one of two children. She married Richard Dale Allender of Marseilles on December 11, 1949. He passed away on April 6, 2000.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; her son, Brad and her sister, Arlene.
Melva is survived by her daughters, Beth (David) Stucker of Marseilles and Brenda (Howard) Balzer of Chandler, Arizona; grandchildren, Mike (Tina) Tibbitts, Shane (Alysha) Stucker, Matthew (Allison) Allender, Mark (Sarah) Tibbitts, Amanda (Jason) Noll, Jason Allender and Cassandra Allender and great-grandchildren, Jaycee, Brenlee, Jayden, Madden, Emma, Everly, Cam, Abagail, Savanna, Taylor, Charlotte, Piper, Jacob and Jack.
Melva attended Marseilles Schools and went to Steven’s College in Columbia, Missouri where she received her nursing degree. She went on to do her residency at Cook County Hospital in Chicago and worked at Ryburn-King Hospital in Otttawa.
When her children were born, she left nursing to raise them. She worked as a bookkeeper with her husband at Allender Buick in Marseilles. At 74, she went back to school to refresh her nursing degree and then went on to work at La Salle County Nursing Home in the Alzheimer’s unit.
She served on the County Board for 4 years, then went to be a member of the La Salle County Health Department Board for 28 years. She was huge in the non-profit organization for Zonta ( a world wide women’s organization). She dabbled in Avon (she was her best customer).
She will be missed by everyone whose life she touched. She lived with her daughter, Beth for over 20 years. They were Thelma and Louise and had a special relationship that will last forever and will eventually ride together again.
There will be no public services. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
The family requests in lieu of flowers that memorials may be made to the Diabetes Association. Please send memorials to Beth Stucker at 387 Clark Street, Marseilles, Illinois 61341.
Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb is in charge of arrangements.
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