ROOSEVELT - Wilma Maude Melo, age 71, of Ballard, died Feb. 11, 2010 at the Uintah Basin Medical Center in Roosevelt.
She was born Jan. 8, 1939 in Lindreth, N.m. to Louis Wade and Erma Bozarth Johnson.
Wilma married Anthony Joseph Melo April 27, 1957 in Moab. He was working in the Atlas (uranium) Mine. Some of their children were born there and they also lived in Spring Glen, Wellington and now in Ballard.
They always had a farm and raised livestock and had a herd of milk cows at one time. Lately they raised goats. She was an outdoor person. She loved to fish. Some of her favorite lakes were Joes Lake near Huntington, Moon Lake and Red Fleet.
She was an avid quilter and made all her grandchildren quilts. She was a good seamstress and used to sew shirts for Anthony and the boys, and she enjoyed country music and dancing.
She is survived by husband, Anthony, Ballard; children, Elizabeth L. Tonne, Price; Rose M. (Carl) Allred, Helper; Battista J. (Danna) Melo, Ballard, and Anthony A. Melo, Ballard; 11 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.
She is also survived by a brother and three sisters; Joe (Lynn) Johnson, Joana Hall, Esther (John) Riveria, and Susie (Steve) Mastas, all of California.
She was preceded in death by her parents; son-in-law, Jerry Tonne; sister, Joy Powell.
Graveside services held Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010 at Noon at the Roosevelt Memorial Park.
Condolences may be viewed and sent at www.hullingermortuary.com.