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Obituary for Melba Datwyler

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Melba Datwyler

March 4, 1918 - October 27, 2014

Melba Smith Datwyler, our dear sweet mother who was “almost 100” passed away on Monday, October 27, 2014 in St George, Utah of natural causes.  She was born in Marion, Idaho on March 4, 1918, daughter of Hannibal Hamlin and Rhoda Perry Smith.  She later moved to Logan, Utah where she met and married Charles Datwyler July 22, 1934.  The marriage was sealed for time and eternity in the Logan LDS Temple in 1952.

Melba and Charles moved to Ogden in 1947.  She was an active member of the LDS Ogden 9th Ward and served many years in the Primary Organization as well as other callings.  Melba worked at Ogden High School in the lunch program for several years.

Melba was always gracious and proper, quietly influencing all who came in contact with her.  She saved greeting cards and letters given to her by friends and family and enjoyed looking at her 18 photo books many times over.

Melba loved gardening, chocolate, country music and fishing with Chal.

Melba was a loving Mother, Grandmother, Great and Great, Great Grandmother.

She is survived by her four daughters; Donna (Art) Lane, Toquerville, UT, Gail (Howard) Waters, Cedar City, UT, Barbara Merrill (Ray) Muzzy, St George, UT, Charlyn (Bob) Oyler, Sandy, UT; 16 Grandchildren, 43 Great Grandchildren, and 8 Great, Great Grandchildren, and many dear nieces and nephews.

Melba was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Datwyler, one grandchild, 2 brothers and a sister.

The family would like to thank the wonderful friends and staff at Beehive Independent Living, Platinum Care Assisted Living and Dixie Regional Medical Center, for their never ending love, kindness and care during the last five years.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday Nov 1, at 11:00 a.m. at Leavitt’s Chapel of Flowers Mortuary 836 36th Street, Ogden UT.  Funeral will be preceded by a viewing at 10:00 a.m. at the mortuary.  Burial and graveside service will be held at the Logan Cemetery at 2:00 pm on Nov 1st.  In lieu of flowers you may donate to the Primary Children’s Hospital.   You are encouraged to access the Leavitt’s Mortuary website to share your memories of Melba.

Arrangements under the direction of Leavitt’s Mortuary


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Born: March 4, 1918
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mary jo latulippe posted on 11/1/14

for barbara merrill muzzy I am sorry to hear of your mothers passing. it is hard to lose a parent. I want to know if you are living in St. George all the time??? we have a place down there and I would VERY much like to see you. I think of you often. our phone # is 801 399 4327 in Ogden.


deb nations posted on 10/31/14

I have so many memories they are too numerous to mention. One of my very favorite is that of the friendship she and my mother had together. You seldom saw one without the other. I have always told my girls that I never went school shopping for new clothes. Mom and Melba shopped together and chose my new clothes. I am assuming Charlyn was equally blessed. It is probably the reason that to this very day I am not a shopper. It was always done for me. I was so lucky they had such amazing taste. I also remember her perfectly poached eggs she would fix Charlyn and I for breakfast. I have never again had such a delicious one. I loved Melba and appreciate all of the time that she spent with me and the life lessons she taught. She taught with a Christ-like example. It would be hard to find a more loving, kind and patient lady. I was blessed to know her and be a part of her life. I am sure she and mom are making their famous divinity and fudge as we remember her life here on earth with us .Thank you to the girls for sharing her with me.