Melba J. Denslaw


Melba J. Denslaw, 72, of Franklin, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, July 16, 2015, surrounded by her loving family members following an extended illness.

Melba was born Oct. 30, 1942, in Indianapolis. She was the daughter of Rex A. Peters and Rose A. Williams. She married David A. Denslaw on May 11, 1985, in Gary.

Melba was employed as an office manager for Carpet Country in Greenwood, working for long-time friend and employer, Joe Rode, and later served as a homemaker.

Of Melba’s many positive qualities and attributes, one of her most pronounced was that of her true Christian heart. Few things were more satisfying to her than the opportunity to recognize, engage, help and/or befriend persons often mistreated, ignored or marginalized by others. She seemed to always find the good in others, no matter how difficult the search.

Melba is survived by her husband, David; her children, Riley (Chris) Hawkins, Susan (Walt) Winter, Lori Coffey Tuft, David Coffey, and Stephanie Cavosie; grandchildren, Katie (Ron) Ray, Rose Tuft, Paul Tuft, Ian Tuft, Nicky Tuft, and Ruthie Tuft; great-grandchildren, Atticus Ray and Rowan Ray; and sisters, Linda Clark and Nita Snyder.

Melba was preceded in death by her very special brother-in-law, Dick Clark.

Melba was a graduate of Union High School in Johnson County and a member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church.

Private graveside services will be conducted through Flinn and Maguire Funeral Home.

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(MOM/MIMI, although we all know that you loved us with all your heart, we always loved you MORE!)