November 7, 1930 - November 22, 2011
Melba Bronson was born November 7, 1930, in the beautiful valley of Midway, Utah, to Alice Luella Monson and Clark Bronson. She had an older half sister, Dorothy (Petersen), three older brothers, Lazelle, Harvey, and Keith and two younger sisters, Luana (McFee) and Beth (Hatch). Beth is now the last one and she has been wonderful to visit and take mom and dad on rides up through Midway, which they both enjoyed so much. Mom was raised a farm girl. Mom remembered taking the cows down “the lane” from their house through the fields to the pasture, which was about a mile away. One morning before school she had taken the cows down but there was a nail or something sharp on the saddle and it tore a big gash in the top of her leg. When she got back to the house the saddle was covered in blood. Grandma Bronson was upset and got her taken care of but mom said that was the only time she ever remembered missing school. She said one of her jobs was hosing the milk house out. Grandpa always wanted it sparkling clean. She helped her brothers haul hay and do things for the farm. In the fall the girls would bottle up to 10 bushels of fruit a day. Sitting around the table and working and talking in the kitchen. While in high school Melba and her sister Luana worked as waitresses at the Homestead, but back then it was called Snyder’s Hot Pots. She loved to ride horses as evident in becoming Wasatch Rodeo Queen while in high school. She graduated from Wasatch High School and moved to Salt Lake City where she attended and graduated from LDS Business College and worked for Beneficial Life Insurance. Summer of 1948 she came down to Pleasant Grove with Luana to help her Grandpa Monson pick raspberries. This was when she met Keith Adams and it started a three year courtship. Keith and Melba were married at her home in Midway on June 28, 1951, then sealed in the Salt Lake Temple on February 12, 1957. They have four children: Jeanene (Ron) Turner of American Fork, Craig (Tammy) Adams of College Ward (by Logan), Cheryl Christiansen and Paula Sharpe both of American Fork. They always lived in American Fork. Their apartment was on Sugar Factory Road where Target now sits. Then buying their first home in Columbia Village on Wilson Avenue and then to the home they currently live in. Melba was very active in church and community service. She served in all the auxiliaries of the church working in Young Women when she was first married. She served as Stake Primary President and Ward Relief Society President. She was very active with Scouting and loved working with the boys and leaders. She worked in the PTA for years. Melba had an endless supply of energy. Children never remember her lying down or being sick. If she was home she was on the phone and that was back before cordless phones. She had a 25 foot cord that was stretched out to 65 feet or more. She could go anywhere in the house and do anything while she was on the phone; but, if she snapped her finger and pointed at you, you were in big trouble. Melba had an endless supply of energy and was a night owl. When most people were going to bed she was just getting started. Grandkids remember that midnight snacks literally meant midnight; usually it was a bowl of cold cereal. She would put grandkids in the car and drag main, all hours of the day and night. A granddaughter remembers being in the car with grandma and all of a sudden she whipped the car around, rolled down the window and yelled at some boys who were picking on another boy. She scolded them good and boys left the one alone. Then she just rolled the window up and drove off. She was a protector of everyone. Her little bottle of milk always made everything taste better. That was BYU cream. She would pour that on cereal or anything else milk could go on like it was milk. She would pour sugar on fresh tomatoes and she had a little bit of bread with real butter chunks on it or just poured sugar on the bread. She loved camping with their little family and Dad would fish the rivers. This tradition has carried down to the grandchildren and now great grandchildren. They love to go camping, sit around a big fire watching the stars come out and enjoying s’mores and toastie-tites. They had many groups of friends. They enjoyed being with them and going out every Saturday night. There was The Wasatch group that would park their trailers at Wasatch Park and the men would go golfing and the July 4th camping group up at Granite Flats in American Fork Canyon. All left lasting friendships and memories. She belonged to several clubs: Intermezzo, Jr. Rletra, and a group of neighborhood friends that continued to get together from the good old days. She still attended these clubs until the last few months. Keith and Melba served as Temple workers in the Mt. Timpanogos Temple for several years before Dad’s health declined. In June they celebrated 60 years of marriage. They now have 16 grandchildren and 36 great grandchildren. She had an amazing memory. She remembered everyone and their name! It didn’t matter how many years she had not seen them, she knew their name. Melba passed away surrounded by her husband and daughters on Tuesday, November 22, in Provo, Utah. Mom, you are loved and will be missed. Family is very grateful for the 23rd Ward and all their help in giving Keith rides over to visit Melba and all the visits and food they provided. Family would like to thank VistaCare Hospice, specifically Nancy Trapnell, for all the care and concern for our mother. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, November 28, 2011 in the American Fork 23rd Ward Chapel at 350 West 700 North. Viewing will be on Sunday from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the 23rd Ward Chapel and prior to services Monday from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Interment, American Fork City Cemetery.
Melba Bronson was born November 7, 1930, in the beautiful valley of Midway, Utah, to Alice Luella Monson and Clark Bronson. She had an older half sister, Dorothy (Petersen), three older brothers, Lazelle, Harvey, and Keith and two younger sisters,... View Obituary & Service Information
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