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Melba Jean (Perry) O'Neill

Melba Jean (Perry) O'Neill went peacefully to meet Jesus on June 22, 2023. She anticipated a heavenly reunion with many, but most importantly, she is reunited once again with Bill, the love of her life.

Melba was born on August 14,1925 in Shelby, Montana. When she was 14 the family relocated to Olympia where Melba graduated from Olympia High School in 1943. While working for the State of Washington Melba met the charming and newly discharged sailor, Bill O'Neill. It didn't take long for the smitten couple to become engaged and they were married in October, 1947. Bill and Melba celebrated 72 years of marriage before Bill passed in 2020.

Melba was fondly known by many names...Mom, Grandma, Tutu, Grand-mama, Grandma Shelton, as well as, Mrs. O'Neill by her beloved piano students. Melba taught piano for almost 50 years and was still active in the local chapter of Music Teacher's Assoc. at the age of 80.

Many women in Shelton were blessed to have Melba lead their Bible Study over the years. This group knew no particular denomination, all were welcome and were incredibly blessed by the love and acceptance that were shown them.

Most importantly, Melba was devoted to her family. She cherished spending time with her grandkids, giving piano lessons to some, taking others on birthday shopping trips with lunches out as well as spending countless hours on the phone hearing all of life's details. Many gatherings took place at the house on the bay, with fond memories of Grandma's pies, pancakes, turkey dinners and Doublemint gum. The smell of roses will forever evoke the essence of Mom, Grandma and Melbs.

A special note of gratitude goes to the Staff of Alpine Way. The care that was given to our mother over the years was exceptional and loving. They were truly her angels. Additionally, many thanks to Providence Hospice who were devoted to her care during her last weeks.

Melba was preceded in death by her husband of 72 years, Bill; brother and sister, Alfred and Jan and her son, Steve.

She is survived by her son Dan O'Neill (Cherry), daughter Jeanne Haertel (Harris) and daughter Katie Seiber (Scott). Melba is also survived by her 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Melba influenced others by the way she lived her life. She was known as a prayer warrior and would often say "love is a choice". Melba loved unconditionally her entire life. She was one of a kind and will be deeply missed by many.

A Memorial Service will be held later this summer. Please contact the family for details.


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