Melba E. Grigg, age 95 of Greenville, passed away at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at Helia Healthcare in Greenville.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, June 30, 2014 at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville, with Rev. Tom Ryan officiating. Interment will follow in Montrose Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. Monday until service time. For those who desire memorials may be made to the Greenville Free Methodist Church at Donnell-Wiegand.
Melba Elizabeth Grigg, the daughter of Joseph Franklin Grigg and Rose Mildred Watson Grigg, was born on June 7, 1919 on the Old Grigg farm in Mulberry Grove Township, Bond County, IL. When Melba was one the family moved to Pana where she attended first grade, moving back to the farm where she attended Inglis School, Durley one room School, and graduated from Greenville High School in 1936. Melba went to Greenville College for two years then began teaching at Cross No School south of Hookdale for 6 years. Melba then taught in Oak Glenn for 8 years, in the Bartlett School District. She returned to Greenville College and graduated from GC in 1953. Melba then taught at Aurora Lincoln Grade School for 25 more years. She did her graduate work at U of I in Urbana over 4 Summers receiving her Masters in Education. Melba then went to Northern Illinois University in Dekalb for more post graduate work almost enough for a Doctorate. She retired in 1978 moving back to Greenville where she lived on Hena Street for 28 years. Melba moved to the Glenwood in 2007. Melba enjoyed oil painting, crocheting, knitting, traveling and reading in retirement.
Melba is survived by her sister Joanne (Paul) Resides of North Chili, NY, her nephews Larry B. Babbitt, Jeff Resides, and two nieces: Carol Resides and Susan (Jim) Dean.
Melba is preceded in death by her parents, two sisters; Mary Aldyth Grigg in infancy on April 7, 1918, and her sister Florence Babbitt in 1982.
Melba was a member of the Illinois Retired Teachers, University American Retired Teachers, Bond County Retired Teachers, was a member of the Zion Church where she enjoyed walking to church, The Pana Free Methodist Church, and the Greenville Free Methodist Church.