Cleo Melvin


FARMINGTON – Cleo Melvin, lifelong resident of Strong, passed away Wednesday, May 24, at Orchard Park Living Center, where she had been a resident the past few years.

She was born in Strong on Sept. 7, 1918, to Ernest and Ruth (Lisherness) Richards. She graduated from Strong High School in 1935 and on July 21, 1939 married Basil P. Melvin. Throughout her life, she enjoyed sports and the outdoors. As a young women, she played softball and hunted and fished. In later years, she enjoyed camping with her husband and children.

She worked at Forster Mfg. in Strong and also the U.S. Postal Service for 50 years until her retirement. She was a past most excellent chief of the Cleopatra Temple of the Pythain Sisters and had been a member of the group all of her adult life.

She enjoyed sewing, knitting and crocheting and was an excellent cook, putting smiles on the faces of anyone who ate her yeast rolls, doughnuts or other goodies.

She leaves behind two daughters, Ione Reid and husband, Jerry, of Strong and Debra Richards of Farmington; four grandchildren, Buddy Kempton of Strong, Nancy Chretien of Strong, Michael Moore of Mexico and Jake Richards of Farmington; and great-grandchildren, Sierra Sky Kempton, Alyssa Chretien and Joshua Moore.

She was predeceased by her parents; husband; a sister, Lelia Hardy; and a daughter, Linda Savage.