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Irene (Smith) Melendez

June 18, 1921 March 4, 2018
Irene (Smith) Melendez
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Obituary for Irene (Smith) Melendez

Irene (Smith) Melendez, 96, passed away peacefully on March 4, 2018 at her residence in Sacramento, CA. She was born June 18, 1921 to Bill Smith and Lena Mawee.
Irene was a dedicated wife and mother. Her husband, Louis, their sons, and extended family were her pride and joy. Louis and Irene loved road trips and travelling, camping, and visiting National Parks and State and World Fairs. In later years, they spent weekends in Reno or Redding and wherever the Lassen High School Grizzly football team was playing; fans since their own sons played over 50 years ago. Although Louis and Irene raised their very young family in various places, including Utah, Nevada, and California, they made Susanville their home until illness required that they be near their son, Mike, in Sacramento.
Irene will be fondly remembered for her delicious tortillas, pies, sewing and crocheting—really anything that her delicate hands touched. She loved hosting family gatherings and making memories with her children and grandchildren. She was quiet but funny; petite but strong; and above all compassionate and caring with a heart of gold.
She is survived by her son Michael (Donna), sisters Kathleen Wright and Rosalie (Smith) Dunn, grandchildren Stacy, Eric, and Michele, 10 great grandchildren, nine great great grandchildren, and a host of other beloved family and friends.
She lost the love of her life, Louis, her husband of 73 years, on December 26, 2016. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sons, Wayne, Robert, and Ralph, sisters Lanita, Winona, and Loretta, and brothers Walter, Willard, Harlan, and Mervin. Her family has found solace in knowing that Irene has reunited with her beloved Louie and her boys.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at East Lawn Mortuary & Sierra Hills Memorial Park, 5757 Greenback Lane, Sacramento, CA 95841. Interment at 2:00 p.m. at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, 5810 Midway Road, Dixon, CA 95620.


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Visitation

Thursday

15

Mar

9:00 AM 3/15/2018 9:00:00 AM - 10:00 AM 3/15/2018 10:00:00 AM
East Lawn Sierra Hills Memorial Park & East Lawn Mortuary

5757 Greenback Lane
Sacramento, CA 95841

East Lawn Sierra Hills Memorial Park & East Lawn Mortuary
5757 Greenback Lane Sacramento 95841 CA
United States

Service

Thursday

15

Mar

10:00 AM 3/15/2018 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 3/15/2018 11:00:00 AM
East Lawn Sierra Hills Memorial Park & East Lawn Mortuary

5757 Greenback Lane
Sacramento, CA 95841

East Lawn Sierra Hills Memorial Park & East Lawn Mortuary
5757 Greenback Lane Sacramento 95841 CA
United States

family gathering

Thursday

15

Mar

11:00 AM 3/15/2018 11:00:00 AM - 1:00 PM 3/15/2018 1:00:00 PM
East Lawn Sierra Hills Memorial Park & East Lawn Mortuary

5757 Greenback Lane
Sacramento, CA 95841

East Lawn Sierra Hills Memorial Park & East Lawn Mortuary
5757 Greenback Lane Sacramento 95841 CA
United States
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